Orientation in Quito
Our program starts in Ecuador’s iconic and cosmopolitan capital of Quito. Following pickups from Mariscal Sucre International Airport, we’ll get settled in the city’s centro historico and acclimatize to the sights, sounds, and smells of the region. But first we’ll learn the lingo with Spanish classes at Yanapuma language school, an incredible social enterprise that also works to promote education and community-based development in Ecuador. After class, we’ll scavenge the local markets, chow down on delicious patacones, and take a salsa lesson or two.
We’ll also begin to explore the food revolution at its roots with Yachai Wasi, an indigenous school in Quito that uses urban agriculture to promote traditional knowledge and practices. Get ready to unpack Ecuador’s colonial history and see where culture, ecology, and cuisine all come together!