a four-week package

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Spanish, Culture, Environment and Adventure . . .

This exciting 4-week program combines Spanish classes and cultural excursions in two distinct cities - Quito and Cuenca - with a week of adventure traveling down the spine of the Andes, and finishing with a week in the spectacular Galapagos Islands on an 8-day land-based tour.

Week 1 Quito Cultural Spanish Program: 20 hours of Spanish classes and excursions to places of historic and cultural interest around Quito.
week 2 Ruta de los Volcanes: A week of adventure and adrenaline traveling along the Avenue of the Volcanos - kayaking on a crater lake, visiting a volcano above the snowline, downhill cycling, white-water rafting, and more . . .
week 3 Cuenca Cultural Program: 20 hours of Spanish classes and excursions to places of historic and cultural interest around Cuenca.
week 4 Galapagos Islands Tour: An 8-day land-based tour of the Galapagos Islands, taking in 4 disctinct islands with a series of whole-day and half-day excursions, based on the islands of Santa Cruz and Isabela.

In Quito you will stay with a local host family for the week while you study Spanish. This offers the perfect immersion in Spanish as you interact with your friendly and sociable hosts in the morning and evenings. The day will be taken up with regular Spanish classes and visits to places of interest around the city, combining Spanish tuition with more touristic activities.
As an alternative for accommodation we can offer hostel or hotel options.

The second week is an adventure-packed week traveling through the Andes to visit some of the amazing sites there - Quilotoa crater lake for hiking and kayaking, Baños for white water rafting or horseback riding and downhill cycling, Chimborazo volcano to visit the glacier, and the colonial town of Riobamba.

The third week is spent in Cuenca, staying with a welcoming local host family again while you take more Spanish classes and explore the historic and tranquil city of Cuenca.

To end your visit to Ecuador an 8-day land-based tour of the incredible Galapagos archipelago, visiting several distinct islands and exploring both above and below the waterline. This once-in-a-lifetime experience will be the highlight, of your stay, an educational adventure providing a wealth of unforgettable memories.

"My time studying with Yanapuma was so worthwhile as my Spanish improved immensely. I was immersed in the language both in Quito and Cuenca as well as traveling through the Andes. And to top it all off, the wonderful Galapagos - who could ask for more!"

If you have a shorter period of time available we can offer an alternative itinerary, adding in activities that are of particular interest and adapting to your specific needs and preferences.

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