ruta de los volcanes

Adventure and Adrenaline While You Study Spanish . . .

This Study and Travel program (photos above) is for active and adventurous Spanish students. The program starts on Monday morning, setting out from Quito with your teacher to travel by bus down the "Avenue of the Volcanoes" with impressive views of the volcanoes that run down the spine of the Andes, arriving at the spectacular Quilotoa crater lake before lunchtime. After exploring this stunning high sierra environment and the Kichwa culture of its inhabitants you will travel by bus to Baños to enjoy the hot springs and varied activities of this lively cloud forest town beneath the active volcano Tungurahua. In Baños you can go white-water rafting, canyoning, or by downhill cycling to explore the waterfalls and other attractions of the area.

Some of the highlights . . .

  • Kayaking on Quilotoa crater lake or hiking around the rim of the volcano
  • White-water rafting near the town of Baños - the "Adventure Capital" of Ecuador.
  • Climb to the snowline on Chimborazo volcano
  • Cycle downhill around the volcano enjoying spectacular views
  • Relax in the thermal springs of Baños
  • Learn about the Kichwa culture of the Andes
  • Explore the tranquil colonial Andean town of Riobamba

The course finishes on Friday after classes, and you can either return to Quito with your teacher or stay on to go on the famous "Devil's Nose" train ride on Saturday.

The Andes mountains forms the western terrestrial edge of the South American tectonic plate, which is being constantly pushed upwards as it rides over the Nazca plate underneath the Pacific Ocean. This is an area of constant seismic and volcanic activity with a string of volcanic peaks stretching all the way down South America. This has created stunning Andean scenery which Spanish students can spend a week exploring.

"This program exceeded my expectations with so many activities during the week. I loved exploring Quilotoa, Chimborazo, Tungurahua and spotting so many other snow-capped volcanic peaks as we went. . . . Definitely to be recommended!"

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