About This Study Abroad Program
Study abroad as you travel through the Ecuadorean Amazon basin and the Galapagos Islands, and experience some of the most uniquely biodiverse ecosystems on the planet.
The Galapagos archipelago, nearly 1,000 km (620 miles) off the coast of Ecuador, is a double UNESCO World Heritage Site, with both land and sea areas protected. The islands were the inspiration for Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution—and once you’re there, it’s easy to imagine why. Each features unique landscapes, ranging from volcanic rocks to sandy white beaches, and is home to animal species like giant tortoises, friendly sea lions, penguins, iguanas, blue-footed boobies, and huge albatross.
Take the opportunity to learn about these fascinating creatures at the Charles Darwin Research Station in Santa Cruz or the Galapagos Interpretation Center in San Cristóbal, swim in the Pacific, play beach sports, hike to panoramic viewpoints, and snorkel in stunning blue waters.
Continue your wildlife adventure of a lifetime in the Amazon basin—believed by many to be home to the most diverse ecosystem in the world, with thousands of species of plants, animals, fish, and insects. Take a rejuvenating dip in the Papallacta hot springs before arriving at a jungle eco-lodge on the shores of the Napo River. Hike along jungle trails, study poolside and take in the views from your terrace while chattering troops of monkeys swing by.
Our mainland tour will include stops throughout the Andes, including equatorial Puembo, Quito and the foothill town of Otavalo, each with picturesque public parks and squares, and local markets filled with fresh foods and artisanal treasures to barter over—the ideal place to find a souvenir to bring home as a reminder of your incredible summer in Ecuador.
SPECIAL PROGRAM NOTE: Wifi may be limited at times as we travel through remote areas.
Included in Your Program
Darwin Research Station
OTHER INCLUSIONS OF THIS PROGRAM:
- Round-trip group airfare from Toronto, arranged by Blyth Academy
- Group airport transfers at location
- Transportation for moves between cities with the group
- Breakfast and dinner daily
- Farewell Banquet
- Pre-departure briefing and materials
- Designated outings and activities
- City orientation tours
- Use of free Internet, where available*
- Access to Blyth Academy Travel Journal
- Access to Vidigami photo sharing
- Regular exercise activities
- And much more!
*Most hotels have Wi-Fi in common areas. Please note Internet access may not be available in bedrooms.
Groups are required to meet at the airport 3 hours prior to departure
|Wednesday, July 3, 2019||American Airlines flight 2676||Depart Toronto 1:10 pm||Arrive Miami 4:18 pm
|Wednesday, July 3, 2019||American Airlines flight 939||Depart Miami 5:40 pm||Arrive Quito 8:53 pm
|Friday, July, 26, 2019||American Airlines flight 932||Depart Quito 6:45 am||Arrive Miami 11:59 am
|Friday, July 26, 2019||American Airlines flight 2569||Depart Miami 1:45 pm||Arrive Toronto 5:04 pm
Are you flying into Toronto Pearson International Airport to join the group?
Blyth Academy airport staff will meet students flying into Toronto Pearson International Airport from any city with same-day connections to Blyth Academy group flights at no additional charge. Once your student is registered, please complete the Airport Meet-and-Greet application. Applications must be received by June 1st and will be fulfilled as available.
*The following are examples of optional excursions our students went on in 2018, and are subject to change. Please take a look and don’t forget to check back soon for the final list of excursions, and your chance to register!
Surfing San Cristobal (Galapagos)
Come Hang Ten! This excursion will give us a chance to try our surfing skills and ride some great waves in the Galapagos Islands. The surf at Puerto Chino is said to be the best in the Galapagos Islands with its consistent waves. Our instructor will provide the equipment, surfing instructions and safety guidelines so we can rip the waves. We’ll also have a chance to relax on the white sand beach and soak up the sun.
Sea Kayaking Santa Cruz (Galapagos)
We will begin our excursion onshore by being fitted out with kayaks and safety equipment. After a safety talk by our trained guides, we set out across the bay, observing Sea Lions along the way. We then head cruise along the coast observing Marine Iguanas, Blue Footed Boobies, Brown Noddy´s and Wedge Tailed Gulls. Keep an eye out below for Marine Turtles, Eagle Rays and playful Sea Lions before returning to shore in time for dinner.
Cooking Class (Puerto Ayora)
What a better way to get to know the Ecuadorian cuisine than take part in a cooking class with Chef Andrea Palacios.
As a group, you’ll get to choose which dishes you create, and choices may include Ceviche de Pescado (seafood dish), Locro de Papas (potato soup) and (Caldo de Bolas) Green Ball Broth Soup.
Our experienced chefs will make our class fun, and with a practical approach, you’ll be able to recreate these dishes back home to impress family and friends.
Otavalo Market & Condor Park (Otavalo)
On this full day excursion we’ll see the hustle and bustle of market life, and appreciate the natural beauty of the Andean flora and fauna.
Setting off to Otavalo Market after breakfast gives us plenty of time to shop for souvenirs and hone our haggling technique at the world-renowned Otavalo artisan market. Here you’ll find handmade textiles, ceramics, wood, silver, leather and metal products, along with commercial goods.
After free time for lunch, we will visit Condor Park. With beautiful views over the city of Otavalo as the backdrop, you’ll learn about the work of this non-profit organization, whose vocation is to protect, rescue, rehabilitate and re-introduce to the wild raptors, vultures (the Andean Condor) and owls. We’ll enjoy a display of falconry seeing the magnificence of these birds in flight.
Canopy Adventure Tour (Amazon)
Adventure through the canopy of the Amazon rainforest on this exhilarating treetop adventure!
The tree canopy is an awesome place to spot wildlife from. We will climb from tree to tree via rope bridges, metal platforms and zip lines. Enjoying panoramic views we’ll hope to see monkeys and tropical birds.
Our knowledgeable guide will give us a safety briefing before we get kitted up and tell us all about the wonders we are seeing as we journey through the cool shade of the forest.
July 3rd – 26th, 2019*
(Flights, Accommodation, Meals, etc.)
|Taxes & Fees||$1,000|
|Tuition & Supervision||$1,360|
Courses, Choose One
- English (ENG3U)
- Biology (SBI3U)
- Visual Arts: Photography (AWQ3M)
- English (ENG4U)
- Biology (SBI4U)
- Visual Arts: Photography (AWQ4M)
- Puembo: 3 days
- Quito: Day Trip
- Galapagos Islands: 11 days
- Otavalo: 5 days
- Amazon: 4 days
- Puembo: 1 day
*All dates are subject to change.
**Plus $195 registration fee. Includes group airfare arranged by Blyth Academy and an estimated $1000 in airline and departure taxes, local taxes and fees. Please visit www.blythsummers.com/fees for an explanation of our departure taxes, fees, and surcharges, and when these fees will be invoiced. All itineraries, excursions, dates, departure taxes, fees, and surcharges are subject to change.
***Please visit www.blythpoints.com for more details on funding your program through Aeroplan points.