Ecuador: A Pacific Coast retreat focusing on marine biology with an emphasis on conservation, biodiversity & environmental sciences.
An action packed 12 Day adventure based of our full teen program. Teen adventure retreat with a focus on marine biology and adventure. Special bonus, surfing, biking, and snorkeling in the beautiful Ecuadorian Pacific coast exploring a little of surrounding jungle areas.
When: May 11 – May 22, 2015
Where: Route of the Sun (Ruta del Sol) Ecuador
Cost: $1499 All inclusive
On the surface, the 2015 Ecuador Surfing & Marine Biology Retreat looks like an action packed surf, sun, sand, snorkel fiesta! It’s true, but our grand adventure, explores much more than just that. We’ve planned a 12 day version of our popular “learning community” style retreats packed with immersive experiences that combine culture, history and science unique only to Ecuador’s famous Route of the Sun (Routa de Sol).
Also known as Ruta del Spondylus, the unique ecosystems here are not found anywhere else on the planet. We visit unique dry forests with their two contrasting seasons, cloud forests and their rare fauna and flora, snorkel the surrounding coral reefs, venture off to tropical islands rich with exotic sea life, admire the numerous bird species of the region, and submerge our spirits within isolated and exotic beaches.
We’ll even spend one day giving back, volunteering our combined energies to help preserve the delicate marine life so important to this region. Finally, we’ll learn how to surf with the locals, rest in a hammock, sun tan, and watch the sunset…
Will you join us?
Who: 8 or more teen participants (ages 13-21)
Applicants must be strong swimmers for this program. A minimum of 8 participants is required to produce this learning community
Cost: $1499 All inclusive
Full accommodation for the duration of the learning community retreat
All airport transfers
All ground transportation
Breakfast, lunch, and dinners during the retreat (except when specified).
Entrance fees to all the included attractions and all rental equipment
All workshops, talks, guided tours, and classes
Does not include: International airfare, laundry, snacks, water, meals during travel days and extra activities
The cost does not cover extras such as souvenirs, toiletries, batteries, or other personal items. Laundry services are not included either.
Meals will not be provided on travel days. Also additional snacks, and water throughout the retreat are not covered.
International flights from your home country to each retreat location are not included.
May 11– Arrive at Guayaquil International Airport – transfer to Montanita- settle in hostel – 1 dinner + icebreakers (Breakfast & Lunch not included)
May 12– Surf lesson + team building – evening program
May 13- Day boat trip to Isla de la Plata, the poor man’s Galapagos, nature & wildlife, hiking and snorkeling
May 14– Herbs, natural plants, minerals of Ecuador’s coast
May 15-Biking along the Ayampe river, for bird watching and nature, followed by a visit to the tropical jungle Ayampe beach
May 16– Visit Fish Market in Pto. Lopez and evening cooking lesson
May 17-A visit to the jungle community Agua Blancas tucked deep within the Machalilla National Forest, hiking trails, archeological sites and traditional farms followed by a dip in the natural mineral and mud bath
May 18-Beach day at the magical Playa de los Frailes – kayaking optional
May 19-Day with the scientific team- Pacific Whale Foundation – Ecuador- morning information program – afternoon volunteer fieldwork program
May 20-First day of the whale season 2015 – assist scientific research team from the Pacific Whale Foundation – Ecuador-on the boat, help spot and photograph migrating whales, later to be identified
May 21– Surf Lesson, Beach day Montanita – evening program
May 22-Return to Guayaquil, then return board flights back to your home country (breakfast only included)
*Schedule is subject to shift
Note: We are also offering a 25 version of this retreat. Click for more information: Ecuador- Surfing & Marine Biology Retreat- 25 Day Teen Learning Community