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Experience our home as yours

As an educational travel company founded in Ecuador, we have an intimate understanding of the Andean region and long-standing relationships with local communities. We specialize in this region and have developed our expertise through years of living and traveling here. This is our home and we are honored to share it with you.

We work closely with educators

We are here to listen to you, partner with you and cater to the specific needs and interests of your group. From defining your educational objectives to enrolling students, to facilitating trip logistics, we look forward to starting the dialogue.

Custom program options

You can select one of our tried-and-true featured programs or we can collaborate with you to customize a program that meets your needs and goals. Our programs may include study themes such as cultural and language immersion, service learning, research expeditions, and ecology and conservation. According to your curricular goals, we can customize an educational plan that includes instructional materials, on-the-go mini-lessons, activities, and reflection for your group before, during, and after travel.

With you every step of the way

With U.S. headquarters in Massachusetts and local operations in South America, we are your educational partner from start to finish, ensuring you and your students a safe and seamless experience from the time you contact us through your return home.  Our regional offices in South America are staffed with dedicated Andean Discovery team members that support you and your Program Leader during the trip.

Our Program Leaders Are locals  

Andean Discovery Program Leaders are locals and have been a part of the Andean Discovery family for years. They have a wealth of experience and are adaptable to meet the unique needs of each educator. Most of all, they are passionate about sharing their land with you. Your Program Leader will be with you from the moment you arrive at the moment you depart. He or she will provide your students with an insider’s knowledge and perspective on the country and culture and facilitate activities that further your goals of authentic experiential learning.

Safety is our first priority

With our regional headquarters in Quito, Ecuador, extensive in-country networks, and a detailed safety protocol, we have a proven track record of providing safe experiences for students and trip leaders.

Maximize your budget

Because we are based in both continents and coordinate all aspects of your trip, without third-party intermediaries, our pricing does not include extra margins that add unnecessary cost. In addition, third-party operators can impede the efficiency of communication and leave more room for important details to fall through the cracks. We keep our overhead low and can work with you to develop programs that fit your budget.

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