2013 Short Trip to Ecuador


Short Trip to Ecuador

June 2nd - 16th

Cost: $4189


1.) Visits to Otovalo and San Pablo Lake (2nd day of program): designed to immerse students in local indigenous culture; will expose students to local customs, trade, and artistry.


2.) Visit to equatorial line (3rd day of program, first half of day): designed to illustrate meteorological and scientific concepts relevant to global geography; will provide students with a basic understanding of the physics underlying global geography, and about the scientific expeditions during 19th century, that finally originated the name of the country.


3.) Visit to historical colonial downtown Quito (3rd day of program, second half of day): designed to provide students with expanded immersion in local culture, including visits to museums, squares, historic churches, chapels, and other examples of historical architecture; will provide students with an expanded understanding of regional culture


4.) Visit to Cotopaxi National Park (4th day of program): designed to provide students with a basic understanding of local ecology and biodiversity; will provide students with an understanding of habitat stratification, disturbance regimes, and ecological succession. Cotopaxi is also a great example in the conceptualization of the sublime in nature that is nearly related with the constructions of national identities in Latin America.


5.) Local jungle tours (6th and 7th day of program): designed to give students immersion in tropical ecology and local customs; will supplement previous lessons on regional ecology and add additional components to regional cultural proficiency. The difference between native indigenous communities in the highlands and in the Amazon region will be also exemplified there.


6.) Visit to Baños (8th day of program): designed to supplement previous instruction on local cultures and customs; will provide students with a further understanding of regional culture. Travel from mountainous regions to the coast on these days will additionally supplement previous instruction on regional ecology and biodiversity. Baños and its landscapes are a great example of the path from the dramatic change between the High Mountains and the Amazon plane.


7.) Visit to a Dry Forest and “La Ceiba Foundation” (9th day program):in the Pacific Coast is a completely different micro-environment in a semi desert region affected by both currents El Niño and Humboldt. “La Ceiba Foundation”, managed by University of Wisconsin-Madison students and local community people, will offer examples of environmental volunteer opportunities. Besides that it will provide the opportunity of a beach day.


8.) Tours of Galapagos Islands (remaining four days of program): designed to immerse students in the endemic flora and fauna of the Galapagos Islands; will be supplemented with instructional activities involving historical visits to the Galapagos by Charles Darwin and the subsequent development of modern evolutionary biology. Will provide students with a historical foundation for obtaining a broader understanding of modern evolutionary principles and mechanisms. For Spanish students these Islands are a core portion of the modern identification of the country and several values related with its preservation will be analyzed during our visits.


The courses in the Study Abroad will be in Biology and Spanish/Humanities, both classes will be conducted in English.

For more information, contact Esteban Ponce (ep5j@uvawise.edu or 276-328-0106) or Walter Smith (whs2q@uvawise.edu)

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