Environmental Justice in Indigenous Ecuador
- Excursions and Day Trips
- Study Abroad Advisory of Student Risk
- About Ecuador
- Weather and Climate
- Research Your Destination
This program is a traveling program so students should be prepared to move constantly. Program participants will be staying in shared rooms in hostels, hotels and family homestays for most of the trip. During their stay in the rainforest they will camp in Huaorani (Native American) territory. Students should be prepared to spend some nights in sleeping bags, structured tents, and other rustic accommodations. Students will stay at a local hostel when in Quito. Wifi is inconsistent on this program.
UC Davis reserves the right to change the accommodation location. Should this be necessary, we will arrange comparable lodging. Please note that elevators, air conditioners and other modern conveniences may not be available in all locations.
Most meals will be provided by the program. They are included in the program fees and are shared as a group or provided by host families. Type of meals also vary from boxed lunches for field trips to meals taken in restaurants. In Quito and at various other times throughout the program, occasional meals will be on your own and will need to be purchased out of pocket (roughly ten times throughout the program).
Draft itinerary from 2016. Please only reference this document for the schedule and activities, and not for any information regarding program expenses, packing, etc.
Please see a previous year’s schedule for an idea of program activities:
Week 1: Quito and Environs
- City Tour of Quito
- Horseback riding at the slopes of three volcanoes, Rumiñahi, Cotopaxi and Sincholagua
- Trip to Tena: jungle kayaking and rafting.
- Community work at Shandia Eco-aldea
Week 2: Coca and Huaorani territory
- Community work: weaving and farming
- Jungle walks
- Fishing trips and much more
Week 3: SierraAzul reserve
- Spectacled Bear workshop
- Hikes in the eastern foothills of the Andes
Week 3-4: Runa Tupari (highlands)
- Visit to volcanic hot springs
- Visit to Cotacachi in the northern highlands
- Host families stays
- Bike riding from the Andes to the cloud forest
- Visit to Otavalo market (indigenous textile market)
- Visit to Mindo cloud forest
- Community volunteering
- Return to Quito and farewell dinner
- Optional activities such as whitewater rafting and zip lining are also available to students once on-site, but students should be advised these activities are not covered by program fees or insurance
Participation in this UC Davis Study Abroad program requires travel to and extended living in a foreign location(s) abroad. UC Davis Study Abroad endeavors to reduce and mitigate risk wherever possible. However, the environments and risks associated with living in these locations are substantially different than those found during a regular course of study at UC Davis. All participants must download and review the following information prior to departure. Any questions should be directed to the Program Coordinator.
From Lonely Planet Ecuador:
“Whenever people tell me they want to visit South America, but don't know where to begin, I recommend Ecuador. This is a country that seems to have it all: Andean peaks, Amazon rainforest, indigenous markets, colonial towns, sun-drenched beaches – not to mention a rather famous chain of volcanic islands full of fascinating wildlife. Adding to the appeal is Ecuador's (relatively) small size and its ease of travel (good roads and an easy-to-remember currency). But best of all are the Ecuadorians themselves: kind-hearted, generous and proud of the great strides they've made in the last decade, they are in fact the nation's greatest treasure.” – Regis St. Louis, Author
Currency: United States Dollar (USD)
Language Spoken: Spanish
Prepare for fluctuating weather conditions. Days in the lowlands will be hot, in the range of 90 F; the cloud forest will be much cooler and can get very cold at night. Long sleeves are a must because of the mosquitoes. Torrential rains can pass through, even in the summer. You are encouraged to monitor the weather in the weeks leading up to the program online and bring clothing that can be easily layered.
You will visit many regions in Ecuador, including rain forest, lowlands, and highlands, so the weather will be dramatically different at each location. In the highlands the average temperature is about 65 F but it can quickly drop drown to 45 F at night. The lower elevation parts of Ecuador are hot and humid (~86 F).