High Basic/Low Intermediate Spanish Immersion in Ecuador

      Heart of Travel
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      89 reviews
      Dec 10 - 18, 2022
      Group size: 6 - 12
      High Basic/Low Intermediate Spanish Immersion in Ecuador

      Heart of Travel
      • Facebook verified
      89 reviews

      Dec 10 - 18, 2022
      Group size: 6 - 12

      About this trip

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      Experience history, nature, culture, and Spanish language learning on our 9-day/8-night immersion trip to Ecuador. This trip is designed for students at the High Basic/Low Intermediate level, with all activities conducted in both English and Spanish. Your program directors, Chelsea and Dominique will be available to provide translations and language correction when necessary. In addition to bilingual activities, we will have 10 hours of structured classroom time throughout the duration of the 9-day trip. In class, we will learn about Ecuadorian history, politics, culture, and nature. The remainder of the trip will be filled with opportunities for practical application of Spanish!

      "All you need is Ecuador" - the country's famous tourism slogan does not disappoint. While the country may be small, it's home to an incredible amount of microclimates and ecosystems. From the arid Andes mountain range to the thick and sticky Amazon rainforest and finally the mega-diverse Galápagos Islands 600 miles off the coast of mainland Ecuador, you can find almost anything under the sun. And don't forget the sun itself, as you get up close and personal "con el sol" on the equator line. 

      Not only does Ecuador offer an impressive amount of diversity with its flora, fauna, and landscapes but also culturally and linguistically. Like many Latin American countries, Ecuador has a variety of native indigenous populations along with a long and complicated history from pre-Hispanic times, through colonialism, and into the present day. All of this and more make Ecuador not only a beautiful and fun destination to visit but a fascinating one as well.

      What’s included

      • Spanish Immersion
        10 hours of structured classroom time
      • 8 nights accommodation
        Boutique 3.5 to 4 star hotels and country haciendas
      • Meals
        9 breakfasts and 12 additional meals, not including alcoholic beverages
      • In country transport
        Ground, air, water as indicated on itinerary
      • Entrance + guide fees
        For all activities included on the itinerary
      • Donation to school
        $50 donation per person to elementary school in El Pedregal
      • 24/7 access + support
        Provided by bilingual Heart of Travel guide and local Ecuadorian guide
      • International airfare
        To/from Quito
      • Meals not stated
        Any meals not indicated on itinerary
      • Alcoholic drinks + sodas
      • Trip/Travel insurance
        Strongly recommended, not required
      • Tips to local guides
      • Additional tours
        Additional tours/activities done individually during free time(we can assist in coordinating these for you)

      Available Packages

      Double Occupancy
      Available until October 28, 20229 left

      Price per person based on double occupancy. Please indicate if you don't have a travel companion but are willing to share a room with another traveler and we will do our best to pair you with someone!

      Deposit: $750
      Single Occupancy
      Available until October 28, 2022

      Price per person based on single occupancy. 

      Deposit: $750

      Available options


      Day One
      Welcome to Quito!

      Welcome! Upon arriving at the airport your Program Director will be waiting to escort you to your hotel and give you a brief orientation of the city. If you need any assistance going to the bank, store, pharmacy, etc. your Program Director will be more than happy to accompany you. 

      In the event, you arrive early in the morning and would like to coordinate any specific activities during the day just let us know so we can accommodate your requests. 

      Our welcome dinner starts at 7 pm and we'll enjoy overnight stay at Casa Gardenia in Quito. 

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      Heart of Travel
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      The Heart of Travel was born out of a deep-rooted love and passion for travel, art, history, food, nature, culture and adventure as well as a call to give back to the communities and people that had already provided us with so much. The travel industry has long been bombarded with double decker tour busses, beach front resorts and cruise ships, often at the expense of the local communities. As a response to this failing system, we began a boutique travel company that allows clients to explore new places in an authentic and non-touristy way, offering travelers a more intimate and unique experience all while removing the stress and hassle of researching, planning, bargain hunting, reserving and more that goes along with planning a trip or vacation.


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      Phenomenal experience! The team at Heart of Travel curated an itinerary that was amazing. I can't say enough about the seamless organization and opportunities that we had.
      By Nicole V for Custom Services: Nicole Versaevel on 25 Mar, 2023
      Heart of Travel provided a great shore excursion to Antigua for a reasonable price for our small group (6). I contacted Heart of Travel regarding shore excursions in Guatemala from the cruise ship port of Puerto Quetzal to Antigua. Chelsea Glass from Heart of Travel organized a wonderful small group excursion and provided flexible pricing dependent on group size, as I needed to gather a group. Chelsea was very responsive and answered my many questions. She created an itinerary for our group and tailored it to our timetable. Our guide/driver, Selvyn Herrera, picked us up at the cruise port and took us to Antigua. We had a walking tour of Antigua and some free time as well. Selvyn took the desires of the group into account. When we saw someone making fresh corn tortillas, we tried them. He even took one of the group to a local brewery to try the beer. We also went to the nearby town of San Juan del Obispo to a local chocolate maker, Chocolate Antigua, where we learned about the chocolate making process and sampled delicious hot chocolate. There were various flavours of both eating chocolate and chocolate for hot chocolate for sale. Great souvenirs! Next, we visited a local small coffee grower in Alotenango where we learned about the coffee making process and ate lunch prepared by the family. It was an excellent lunch of a traditional Guatemalan pepián chicken stew with homemade corn tortillas and really good coffee afterwards. We could also buy 1 pound bags of freshly roasted coffee beans. Again, great souvenirs! Selvyn was very responsive to the group, was very knowledgeable, spoke English well, drove safely, and got us back to the port to our ship in good time. We were all very happy with the shore excursion and with Selvyn.
      By Cynthia C for Antigua Day Tour (Cruise Ship) on 21 Mar, 2023
      Our private tour was wonderful. Our guide, Ely, was great. The port is so far away from everything and he made the entire trip enjoyable. Breakfast at Don Jose’s home was special. We really appreciated the authentic Guatemalan meal they fixed for us. The visit to the weaving location was fun and informative. We even got to get dressed up in traditional clothing. The time in Antigua was a. Great experience. Ely made sure that all of us were taken care of. I would highly recommend We Travel. We were kept informed from beginning to end.
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      Awesome. Thank you Chelsea for the curation - you heard what we wanted and put together a great collection of experiences. We have recommended you to others - this is how highly we rate your services. Oliverio and Antonio were so devoted to their culture and history in Peten - it came through in all they did for us. Selvyn worked so hard and is so knowledgeable about Mayan culture and the highland communities that we visited - he put everything out there for us, and we really appreciated this. Thank you all so much.
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      I just completed the Oaxaca 2022 Did de Muertos Trip with Heart of Travel and it was amazing. Such a surreal and gratifying experience. Learned so much in regards to the culture and celebrations and customs of the local people and enjoyed learning about their traditions. Heart of Travel made this entire experience so enjoyable and well rounded with cultural immersion experiences. Great accommodation choices and knowledgeable local guides. Their use of local guides to share their knowledge and love for their traditions and home is a great learning experience. I have partake in several of their trips and would highly recommend not only this trip but any they have to offer. They defintiley take care of you. Would travel with them again!!
      By Olivia S on 22 Nov, 2022
      I’ve just returned home from 17 days on Heart of Travel’s first fabulous trip to Spain. We visited Barcelona, Granada, Malaga, Seville, and Madrid— not to mention side trips to the smaller towns of Ronda and Cordoba. Chelsea and Pam amazed me daily! Their ability to research artsy boutique hotels, small family owned businesses for us to experience, along with their attention to detail and ability to respond to glitches was impressive. I loved going into two homes for cooking classes with delightful women. Our guided tour through Sagrada Familia was a highlight as was spending time in Parque Guell in a Barcelona. I thoroughly enjoyed our kayak outing and would have liked to have done a city bike tour for a bit of variety and exercise too! We saw amazing citadels, mosques, cathedrals, and a bullring. Thank you ladies for organizing a wonderful tour and helping to create a “family” of fellow travelers.
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