Typical Ecuador Field Course Schedule

Day 0   Arrive Quito. Meet at Plaza Foch in Quito.  Students book/spend night at local hotel/hostel.
Day 1    Meet and travel to Santa Lucia. Afternoon walk around autoguiado trail if time. Ice breaker activity.
Day 2-4 Ecology and conservation of the cloud forest environment – introduction to tropical plants/ vertebrates/invertebrates/conservation issues.
Day 5     Students present project proposals- staff assess proposals and allocate projects.
Day 6     Test first thing.  Project work.
Day 7     Project work and optional visit to waterfall – swim.   Caption competition.
Day 8     Project work and optional visit to waterfall– swim.   Photo competition deadline.
Day 9     Project work. Football friendly match. Quiz night.
Day 10   Summarise and present project findings.
Day 11   Depart Santa Lucia arrive in Quito in the late afternoon. Students book/spend night at local hotel or hostel.
Day 12   Fly home or onward travel.

Our Journey from Quito to Santa Lucia in images (photo credits Adrian Goodman)

Quito - Historic centre
Quito – Historic centre
Quito at sunset
Quito sunset
Street view
Street view  in Quito (photo credit Catrin Gunther)
Quito
Quito
Refreshment stop in Nanegalito
Refreshment stop in Nanegalito
Time to start walking to the lodge!
Time to start walking to the lodge!
Arrived at last....
Arrived at last….
The lodge is just a short walk through the forest..... up there...
Santa Lucia lodge is just a short walk through the forest….. up there…
Now it is time for the trek through the forest
Now it is time for the trek through the forest
Just a few hundred metres to go........up!
Just a few hundred metres to go……..up!
It's okay- the mules take the luggage.
It’s okay- the mules take the luggage.
Santa Lucia Lodge
Santa Lucia Lodge
View from our cabin - amazing.
View from our cabin – amazing.
Probably the best view from a urinal in the world!
Probably the best view from a urinal in the world!