Ecuador School Trip Guide

Here you’ll discover everything you need to know about your Evolve trip to Ecuador. Check out Plan for our guide on how to create the best trip for your students with important info on where to visit, eat and sleep for your groups needs and for tips on how to plan for insurance and more. Read Pack for what to bring for specific regions and seasons and Prepare for language tips, facts and local know-how.

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Why should my student group visit Ecuador?

An educational trip to Ecuador can be a fascinating educational and cultural experience for students.

First, determine the intended focus of your educational trip. This will help you decide which regions will best suit what your group is looking to experience.  Get insights below and download our full guide above to plan your perfect trip.

Biology– Incredible biodiversity & meaningful field research: Consider a trip to the Galapagos Islands.

Language – Spanish language & Ecuadorian culture: Try language workshops in Quito.

Outdoor Adventure – Ancient history & outdoor activities: Visit the Pulinqui community near the base of the Chimborazo Volcano for hiking and learning.

Community Service – Making an impact & volunteering: Mainland Ecuador community service.

Mixed focus – Balance educational, outdoor and cultural focuses. The variety of geography, culture and history of within Ecuador has so much to offer!

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Luggage – Any seasoned traveler will tell you: the lighter – the better! A small or medium sized suitcase or duffel will be perfect for your trip to Ecuador. Prepared packers also bring a couple spare plastic bags for wet clothes or separated laundry. For day trips, bring a backpack and a safe document or money holder that sits close to the body under a shirt or a fanny pack.

• Small or medium suitcase or duffel bag
• Backpack and/or purse for day trips and overnights
• Safe money holder or fanny pack
• Extra plastic bags / ziplocks

Clothing Diverse packing is critical in Ecuador, as the country can have intensely hot beaches, snow-capped mountains and wet tropical weather all in the same month. Pack to be comfortable for all activities – whether that’s hiking in the cooler mountains, or swimming off hot beaches.

Accessories and Toiletries  Below are items for keeping you charged, comfortable and prepared. Before your trip, make sure you have spoken to a travel doctor about medications you will need and pack all necessary prescriptions.

• Daily Use: sunglasses, watch, headlamp, compass, lock, pocket dictionary
• Entertainment: camera, phone, book, diary (wall plugs are Type C)
• Waterbottle, sunscreen, hand sanitizer
• Toothbrush & toothpaste
• Soap, shampoo & conditioner
• Medications
• Mosquito repellent (Galapagos, rain forest, warmer regions)

Packing for Quito / Riobamba RegionAt altitudes of 9,350 ft and 9,000 ft respectively, Quito and Riobamba respectively have relatively cool temperatures year round. Average temperatures in the day are 19°C/66 °F and 10°C/50°F at night. Cloud clover and season greatly effect temperature. When night falls or the clouds roll in off the mountains, temperatures drop quickly and having a sweater or light jacket on hand is key. Even in cool weather, these Andean cities have high exposure to the sun and sunscreen is highly encouraged.

In Ecuador there is a Dry Season (winter) from June – September and a Wet Season (summer) from October – May. Remember, since Ecuador is mostly below the equator, seasons are reversed. For the Dry Season from June – September, the basic list above will be great for you. If you are travelling from October – May in the Wet Season, add this few items to your list:

• Socks, underwear, bras
• 1 pair of jeans & 1 pair of breathable pants
• 3 – 5 t-shirts
• 1 long sleeve shirt
• 1 light sweater or sweatshirt
• Waterproof jacket
• Bathing suit
• Scarf / bandanna
• Hat
• Shoes – Comfortable and supportive for hiking or for walking in the city.
• Flip flops / waterproof sandals
• Sleepwear
For Wet October-May Season add:
• Warm fleece sweater
• Toque or warm hat
• Mid-weight socks
• Waterproof footwear

Packing for the Galapagos Islands – Average temperatures in the Galapagos are warm year round, ranging from 69°-84°F / 21°-30°C. Seasons are essentially divided in two: the Wet (Summer) Season from January – June and the and Dry (Winter) Season from July – December. In the Wet Season, expect a warmer, more tropical climate, with greater amounts of cloud cover and daily rain. The Dry Season is characterized by blue skies and the occasional mid-day shower comfortably warm temperatures.

If you are travelling to the Galapagos in the Wet Summer Season from January – June, be sure to bring that waterproof jacket, and a brimmed hat for rain cover.

• Socks, underwear, bras
• 1 pair of breathable pants
• 3 – 5 t-shirts
• 2 pairs of shorts
• 1 long light sleeve shirt
• 1 light sweater or sweatshirt
• Waterproof jacket
• Bathing suit
• Scarf / bandanna
• Hat
• Shoes – comfortable and supportive for hiking/daily use
• Flip flops / waterproof sandals
• Sleepwear

What to leave at Home Carrying around extra pounds of luggage isn’t worth those extra shoes or that shirt you wear just one time. If you need help eliminating an item or two, check out the list below:
• Less practical and/or fancy clothing
• More shoes than needed
• Many heavy books
• BIG bottles of toiletries – swap for travel sized containers
• Heavy towels


Spanish lesson

Looking to get a jump start on your Spanish language skills? Here are some greetings and expressions for you to practice just for fun!

Good morning: buenos días
Good afternoon: buenas tardes
Good night: buenas noches
Hello: Hola or Buenos
Good bye: Adios
See you soon: Hasta pronto
Excuse me: Con permiso
How are you?: Como está? Or Como le va?
Fine, thanks: bien, gracias
My name is: Me llamo…
What is your name?: Como se llama usted?
Pleased to meet you: Much gusto
Do you speak English?: habla inglés?
I don’t speak Spanish: no hablo español
I don’t understand: no entiendo
I am from…: Soy de (name your state or city)
Slower, please: más despacio, por favor
Where is: Donde esta…

  • The bathroom: el baño or los servicios
  • The restaurant: el Restaurante
  • The bank: el banco
  • The beach: la playa
  • Pharmacy: farmacia
  • Hospital: hospital

How much does it cost?: Cuanto cuesta? Or Cuanto vale?
Please: por favor
Thank you: gracias
You’re welcome: con gusto or de nada