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Overview

 Highlights


  • Canoeing in Amazon jungle
  • Kichwa village
  • Chocolate farm
  • Animal rescue center
  • Rafting
  • Hot springs

Welcome to a unique Amazon experience! In the outskirts of Tena, a city in the Amazon rainforest of Ecuador, we will have our base and explore the surroundings. Our base is a beautiful house in the middle of the lush canopies practicing sustainable initiatives like using bamboo as a building material and a composted system for organic waste. This trip will take you to rural areas deep into the jungle best accessed via canoes. Each morning, the birds and monkeys will wake you up. You will explore diverse flora and fauna while creating global awareness of this pristine area. One of the days is a full day of indigenous immersion and the Kichwa women will welcome you to their village and teach you about their culture, day-to-day life, and local handicraft. The meals you will have during this trip will be organically produced and the ingredients will be picked in the garden. Join us for a trip to one of the most amazing places on Earth, the huge Amazon jungle!

Countries:

Starting Point:

Quito

Activities:

Grading:   


Welcome to Ecuador! A World Expeditions School representative will welcome you at the airport in Quito. We get transferred to our hotel for the night. When all have found their rooms, we meet up for dinner. Before bedtime, we have a welcome and safety orientation to get ready for the upcoming trip to the Amazon jungle! Overnight Quito.

Meals:  D

After breakfast, we pack and get ready to move to the Amazon gateway, the city of Tena. Tena is the capital of the Napo Province and an attractive and quiet city in the Amazon rainforest. Originally founded by missionary explorers, Tena has emerged as one of the top tourist attractions. Tena is a popular launching point for traveling to the jungle, for kayaking and rafting tours in Ecuador's Amazon rainforest region. Today will be a full day of bus trip (approx 6 hours). We will stop on route for lunch. Be prepared for possible car sickness by taking Dramamine pills. Once we reach our final destination we get settled into our rooms and get ready for dinner. After dinner, we get an introduction to the days we have in front of us. Bedtime is early. Overnight local village outside Tena.

Meals:  B,L,D

We will be woken up early by bird song and have breakfast. Our first activity for today is a visit to a chocolate farm. We will arrive by canoes and the lush surroundings will make the bus ride yesterday totally worth it! At the farm, we will learn about the process of growing and processing chocolate for consumption. Discover the process of choosing and caring for the cacao trees to make the best most robust flavors. Also, learn how climate change is affecting the growing process of cacao. We will witness how the cacao is dried, roasted, and peeled. After the cacao is peeled it is then grounded up and mixed with flavors to create delicious chocolate that the group can try. After the visit, we have lunch prepared by our host. It's then time to jump into the canoes again and our next stop is an animal rescue center. We will learn about the project and what they are doing to help rehabilitate the wildlife from the Amazon region. This is the perfect opportunity to see the animals up close as you are not guaranteed to see animals up close in the wild. In the afternoon we paddle back to our hostel and freshen up before dinner. Before it's time for bed, we have a debrief and get ready for the next day. Overnight local village outside Tena.

Meals:  B,L,D

After breakfast, we get ready to learn about the Kichwa culture and local native lifestyle. We will arrive at the community-based tourism project and learn about the daily life of the Kichwa women. They will do demonstrations about how they pan for gold in the river and the difference between artisan gold panning and gold extraction by heavy machinery and how that is threatening the river and rainforest ecosystem. We will learn about how to make chicha de yuca, a traditional drink. Next, the women from the community will demonstrate how they make their pottery. All the materials that they use are locally found, such as the clay, paint, and the waxy finish on the pottery. Our lunch will be prepared by the women in the community, you can’t get more local food than this! In the afternoon we head back to the Eco-tourism project for an interactive demonstration on how to weave the jewelry. The jewelry is made from Bromelia fibers which is dried and then dyed. Once dyed it is combined with seeds and other local material and weaved into beautiful bracelets and necklaces. We will also have the opportunity to make our own wearable art. In the afternoon we get back to our hostel and freshen up before dinner. Before it's time for bed, we have a debrief and get ready for the next day. Overnight local village outside Tena.

Meals:  B,L,D

After breakfast, we will be guided through a local biology station. The site is a well-preserved primary forest parcel. In this forest, there is a botanical garden to demonstrate the different types of plants found in the area. There is also a trail in the forest, the home to a variety of Amazon animal species. We will observe several species of monkeys, birds, rodents, amphibians, and insects. After lunch, the group will be taken to a lagoon. At the lagoon, the wildlife is easily accessible. There are almost always guaranteed wildlife sightings from monkey species, bird species, several native fish species (arapaima) as well as reptile and amphibian species. In the afternoon we get back to our hostel and freshen up before dinner. Before it's time for bed, we have a debrief and get ready for the next day. Overnight local village outside Tena.

Meals:  B,L,D

After breakfast, we will explore the river ecosystem via raft or at a local popular swimming spot. A group decision has to be made before we leave the hostel. For the adventurous ones, the option is a full day of white water rafting down class 3 waters on the Amazon River basin. The river is safe and with few obstacles. Our guides will provide us with all the safety equipment such as life jackets, helmets, and splash jackets. The guides are certified by the International Rafters Association and are required to know CPR as well as how to recuperate the boat and people that may have fallen out (in the rare case that this happens). The rafters stop halfway at a Kichwa village to eat lunch prepared by our host. In the village, you also have the opportunity to purchase handmade gifts to support the small community. The second option is for those who want a more tranquil day we offer a river beach day. The swimming spot is popular among Ecuadorians as well as foreigners alike. This magical spot has crystal clear water and is surrounded by primary forest. There are also options for local food vendors. A sack lunch can also be made upon request. In the afternoon we get back to our hostel and freshen up before dinner. Before it's time for bed, we have a debrief and get ready for the next day. Overnight local village outside Tena.

Meals:  B,L,D

After breakfast, we will return to Quito via bus. On the way we will stop by the Papallacta hot springs, here we will relax in beautiful pools surrounded by Andean landscapes. This evening we have a farewell dinner and re-cap all we have learned and explored in the amazing Amazon jungle. Overnight Quito.

Meals:  B,L,D

Following breakfast at the hotel, the group will visit the Artisanal Market and perhaps collect souvenirs from this amazing visit to Ecuador. You will then be transferred to the airport for your international flights.

Meals:  B


Learning outcomes for students

A World Expeditions Schools adventure is a unique learning experience. Our journeys are designed to encourage thriving and positive youth development along with leaving the communities and environments where we travel in a better condition than when we arrived.
The programs are designed to enhance the following life skills that will help you grow as an individual:
• the confidence to lead a group and make decisions
• the value of working together as a cohesive team to achieve a common objective
• the ability to face mental and physical challenges
• the ability to adapt to new environments outside of their 'comfort zone'
• to appreciate and care for the natural environment. The environments we trek through are beautiful and often pristine, invariably the students will gain a deeper appreciation and understanding about how their individual actions impact on the environment
• build strong friendships and bonds with their peers and also the local peoples
• basic outdoor skills obtained on trek such as personal hygiene, pitching a tent, helping to prepare meals
Importantly our adventures help increase general well-being and build resilience in young citizens to help them deal with adverse situations in life.


Inclusions

  • Meals as per itinerary
  • Private ground transportation
  • Bilingual local guides
  • Lodging in double and dorm style accommodation
  • Airport transfers
  • All entrance fees and activities as per itinerary

  • Flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visa costs if applicable
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry, phone calls etc

Grading

These are our least demanding trips. These journeys of discovery involve little extended activity and are suitable for people with a basic level of fitness and good health. The itinerary may take place in remote areas (with basic facilities) and may involve long travel days on various types of transport. Sightseeing may be conducted on foot and all participants should be capable of carrying their own luggage from vehicle to hotel rooms. Extended walking is available for those wanting something more demanding. * Suggested preparation: Once or twice a week, we recommend you walk on undulating terrain for an hour, for at least 2 -3 months prior to departure.


Customise your program

We can fully customise a School Travel Program to suit your students' learning objectives and budget. Whether you require a Service Learning program, physical challenge, cultural immersion or certain curriculum targets - talk to one of our educational travel experts about the elements you need in your itinerary. We pride ourselves on developing unique itineraries to meet the learning requirements for schools.

World Expeditions Schools is a division of one of the world's leading adventure travel companies, World Expeditions. We can develop itineraries in any destination that is offered by World Expeditions, which is to every continent on earth.

Use our simple Expedition Design Form to contact us with your requirements and an educational travel expert will be in touch to assist.


Why travel with us

Why travel with us

Assisted over
14,000 Students Worldwide

Since the 1980's, we have helped students from around the globe to experience the world's most exciting destinations, allowing them to travel, give, grow.

400+ Service Learning
Programs

Together with students, we have completed over 400 Service Learning programs in developing countries. We will always continue to support causes including social justice, animal welfare, the environment and more.

Fully Customised
School Travel Programs

Want to include service learning, your school curriculum and a physical challenge, or any of the above? Contact us and we can design a program fully catered for your students and budget.

Safety and
Support - Our #1 Priority

Every school receives a detailed risk management plan that is guided by government advisories and the local partners we work with. We never compromise on the safety of your students to reduce the price of the program.

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