Take this opportunity to stand up for a cause and support the communities you visit in your trip abroad. This experience starts in the capital of Quito by learning about Spanish colonial heritage and the present culture it has created. Ecotourism will take you to some of the most beautiful places in Ecuador and allow you to dive in and enjoy the natural wonders. Along the way you will stop in local communities, be immersed in their culture and make and impact through a service project of your choice.
Take a few minutes to explore the possibility to study abroad at Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador. Our university offers ample variety for choosing academic courses delivered in an authentic Latin American ambience, surrounded by incredible places and friendly people. You can learn and study the biodiversity of the Andes, the mystery of the Amazonia and the beauty of the Galapagos Islands. At the same time, you can improve or take your Spanish to perfection.
Ecuador has the richest bio-diversity and range of ecosystems of any country in the world. Explore natural wonders of the Galapagos Islands, the Amazon Rainforest, the Andes mountains and the pristine beaches of the Pacific coast. Cruises, tours, hiking, rafting, zip-line, climbing, bird watching, and surfing are just a few of the activities that Ecotourism promotes. Ecotourism educates the traveler about these areas and helps protect the ecosystems through funding conservation efforts.
Pacific CoastLush green jungles meet the ocean in this area. Guayaquil is the biggest city of this region - and the country. Explore the coast’s deserted beaches, ports, markets, and quaint little fishing villages. The coast is great to learn how to surf, enjoy the exciting nightlife, or just enjoy the relaxed life on the beach.
Galapagos IslandsThe islands are located roughly 620 miles off the coast and are home to animal species found nowhere else on the planet, white-sand beaches and cactus forests. It is also one of the world’s most exciting places to snorkel and scuba dive in.
Andes MountainsEcuador’s capital city Quito, high, snow covered peaks, crater lakes and partially still active volcanoes are home to these highlands - including the tallest one in the world. Hikes offer spectacular views and cozy haciendas accommodate exhausted travelers in small, picturesque villages
Amazon RainforestThe Amazon rainforest is the world’s largest rainforest and easily accessible from the highlands. Here you will find huge national parks and zones reserved for indigenous tribes. Discover flora and fauna unique to this region (like the pink dolphins!)..