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Why You Should Take an Educational Trip to Ecuador: 8 Paths to Choose

Travel in Ecuador can be about so much more than seeing tourist attractions. It’s full of enriching educational opportunities.

In this post, we’ll talk about why you should take an educational trip to Ecuador.

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Why You Should Take an Educational Trip to Ecuador

Have you heard Ecuador referred to as being “4 worlds in one?” Or perhaps you’ve seen the hashtag “#EcuadorIsAllYouNeed” in social media? Those are popular sayings because this is such a diverse country.

From the Andes mountains – to the Amazon jungle, from the Pacific coast – to the unique flora and fauna of the Galapagos Islands, it really does feel like there are four distinct worlds here.


Educational Field Trips in Ecuador

In addition to the abundant diversity of the climate and landscape, the country is culturally rich.

So, why should you take an educational trip to Ecuador? The short answer is because there is so much to discover!

More reading: 8 Benefits of Educational Trips in Ecuador

Academic and Student Travel in Ecuador

On an educational trip to Ecuador you won’t just be a bystander, you’ll be a participant.


Through hands on experiences you’ll learn about:

  1. General Anthropology
  2. Global Experience
  3. Archaeology
  4. Physical Geography
  5. Environmental Geography
  6. Social & Behavioral Sciences 
  7. Ecology
  8. Conservation
  9. Marine Biology
  10. Service Learning
  11. Earth Science
  12. Biology
  13. Natural History
  14. Community Service
  15. Human Geography
  16. Communication 
  17. Culture 

8 Educational Trips in Ecuador

To help you get the most out of your educational trip to Ecuador we offer 8 academic and student travel packages.

The following list includes a breakdown of educational features for each experience. Please follow the links to learn more about each package.

1) Cultures of Ecuador

Educational features: General Anthropology, Physical Geography, Environmental Geography, Social & Behavioral Sciences, Communication and Culture

This cultural educational trip in Ecuador is for 11 days, and 10 nights. During this time you’ll enjoy a close encounter with Ecuador’s rich cultural diversity, from the Andean region to the Amazon rainforest.


This program will introduce students to the history, culture, and traditions of some of the most representative indigenous groups in the country, as well as the Afro-Ecuadorian community.

2) Ecuador’s Prehispanic Civilizations

Educational features: Human History, Anthropology, Archeology, Physical Geography, Social & Behavioral Sciences, Communication and Culture

You’ll spend 12 days 11 nights learning about the history of ancient civilizations settlements, their complex societal hierarchies, their economic system and the causes of their cultural extinction.

3) Community Service in Ecuador’s Highlands

Educational features: Community Service, Human Geography, Communication and Culture, Global Experience

On this trip you’ll spend 10 days and 9 nights working with kids from low-income indigenous communities and assisting teachers and parents in their projects to improve the situation in local schools.



4) Ecuador’s Natural Wonders

Educational features: Environmental Science, Ecology, Conservation

During the 13 days and 12 nights of this educational trip you’ll explore the Amazon Rainforest and the Galapagos Islands, both considered Natural Wonders for the Humanity.

5) Tropical Ecosystems Under Threat

Educational features: Environmental Science, Ecology, Conservation

This trip consists of 9 days and 8 nights discovering the tropical ecosystems of the Ecuadorian Coast.

You’ll go from the Mangrove forests (one of the world’s most threatened tropical ecosystems,) to one of the largest tropical dry forests remaining in the world at the Machalilla National Park.

6) Conservation of Marine Ecosystems

Educational features: Environmental Science, Marine Biology, Ecology, Conservation, Service Learning


With this educational travel package you’ll spend 10 days and 9 nights helping Fundación Equilibrio Azul (EA).

You’ll get involved in their efforts to preserve the marine ecosystem in the Pacific coast of Ecuador through their research projects regarding turtles and marine bird conservation.

You will have the opportunity to assist members on their research, as well as help them with their project to educate the local community about the importance to the marine conservation.

7) Amazon Biodiversity Station

Educational features: Environmental Science, Earth Science, Biology, Natural History, General Anthropology, Physical Geography, Ecology, Conservation

During your 8 day 7 night Amazon educational trip you’ll visit the Tiputini Biodiversity Station (TBS). It is located adjacent to the Yasuní Biosphere Reserve in one the world’s greatest biodiversity hotspots.

Primary activities at the Station are associated with research and environmental education. While visiting Tiputini, you will be able to better understand nature so that appropriate and effective conservation strategies may be implemented.

8) Ethnobotanical & Anthropological Expedition

Educational features: General Anthropology, Human Geography, Environmental Geography, Social & Behavioral Sciences, Communication and Culture

On this 11 day 10 night educational journey you will:


  • Explore the complex relationship between indigenous cultures and (uses of) plants
  • Learn about the ancient botanic wisdom passed along hundreds of generations of observations and customs via oral tradition
  • Learn also about the impacts of modern human societies on traditional cultures and natural habitats, causing huge losses of individual species and the addition of new discoveries and methods


An Educational Experience You’ll Never Forget

While it’s true that we can learn and retain information from books and video presentations, the most lasting impressions come from real life, first hand experiences.


On an educational trip to Ecuador, you’ll meet people and discover things that you’ll never forget. What you learn here may help shape what you decide to do in the future.

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If you have any questions, feel free to ask them in the comment section of this post. Or contact us today.

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