Visit Ecuador’s Andes Mountains & Amazon with SCC July 16-25, 2018

Begin your tour of Guayaquil with views of the city’s Neo-Gothic Cathedral, Moorish clock tower and La Rotonda Monument. Visit the many shops, restaurants and famous monuments. Stop at a Cocoa Plantation for a tour and demonstration, then continue to Cuenca, set 7000 feet up in the majestic Andes, with red tiled roofs, cobblestone streets and plazas adorned with flowers.

Visit an Orchid nursery and enjoy a tour of Colonial Cuenca including the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception on the Plaza Calderón, considered the most important religious monument in the city. Spend the rest of the day at leisure enjoying the restaurants, art galleries and outdoor cafés. From the small town of Alausi, board the world-famous "Devil’s Nose" train, taking you on a thrilling ride that zigzags up and down steep slopes, through scenic river valleys and along the wall of rock named Nariz del Diablo.

Next, on to Riobamba, an old-fashioned city with wide avenues and tiny shops tucked into imposing 18th and 19th century stone buildings. Visit the Devil's Cauldron, one of Ecuador's most striking waterfalls, then travel to La Punta Ahuano to begin your Amazon adventure.

Few words can describe the beauty of the Amazon. It is home to the world's largest and most species-rich tract of tropical rainforest, more than 250 million acres, and represents over half of the planet's remaining jungles. Enjoy the views as you cross suspended bridges, fly through the jungle on a short zipline basket ride and experience a rafting trip on a traditional balsa log raft. You'll also visit Ahuano, to meet a local Quechua family and learn about their way of life first hand.

Continue to Quito and discover its colonial quarter, the largest and best preserved in Latin America. Finally, visit the Middle of the World Monument, located at a latitude of 0°, where you can stand with one foot in the Northern and one foot in the Southern Hemisphere, before enjoying some leisure time in Quito to explore this "urban jewel" on your own.


  • Flights Charlotte-Guayaquil, Quito-Charlotte. Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 9 nights accommodations
  • All transfers
  • 20 meals: 9 breakfast, 6 lunches, 5 dinners
  • Guided field trips
  • Bilingual leader throughout
  • Services of English-speaking local guides
  • Entrance fee per itinerary
  • Health insurance (up to 59 years of age)
  • Gratuities

Special Features

  • In the old center of Guayaquil, visit Seminario Park, with its colonial atmosphere
  • Enjoy a tour, demonstration and chocolate tasting at a cocoa plantation
  • Learn about the cultivation of Orchids in the small town of Guanaco
  • Discover the charm of Cuenca, a city located high in the Andean Mountains
  • Ride the "Devil's Nose" train from Alausi to Sibambe
  • Spend two nights at an Amazon Lodge discovering the river's flora and fauna
  • Meet with a local Quechua Family in the riverside village of Ahuano
  • Visit Colonial Quito and walk through its cobblestone streets
  • Excursion to the Middle of the World Monument

Is This Trip Right for You?

This moderately active trip covers a fair amount of ground each day. Expect from three to four hours of walking every touring day. The pace is moderate, however you will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps, and significant slopes. Due to the high elevation, travel in the Ecuadorian Andes and the Peruvian highlands may cause some passengers to experience the temporary effects of altitude sickness. If you have any concerns about traveling to high than your accustomed elevation, please consult your healthcare provider.

This cultural immersion is open to students, faculty, staff, and community members. All participants will take an accompanying course HUM 180 (for college credit) or a Continuing Education course. Participants must be 18 years old by departure or be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Deadlines and Payments:

  • Friday, September 22, 2017: a $100 non-refundable deposit is due.
    If space is available after September 22, price may increase due to airfare fluctuations.
  • Friday, November 3, 2017: $450 due
  • Friday, December 1st, 2017: $500 due
  • Friday, February 2, 2018: $500 due
  • Friday, March 2, 2018: $500 due
  • Friday, April 6, 2018: $500 due

Total estimated cost: $2,550


Please contact Patricia G. Horner, Global Education Coordinator at Stanly Community College, 704-991-0395 or or