Quantitative Literacy, Social Sciences, SS1, Sustainability, WC/Global Culture
Ecuador: Land of Contrasts
Ecuador Geographer Teodoro Wolf once called Ecuador a "geographer's paradise" because of the rich diversity in biomes and ecological niches that make Ecuador a laboratory for biology and physical geographers. Within hours, one can find themselves in tundra conditions that define the land of eternal snows and the next, in the land of tropical birds and flowers. Ecuador is a laboratory for human geographers as well.
This travel course introduces students and community members to the diverse geographies and cultural realms found in Ecuador. The course will explore the various ecological niches and biomes found in the Ecuadorean Andes and Amazonian basin, urban development and history, and ethnic/racial diversity of the country.
We will visit indigenous sacred sites and villages in the northern Ecuadorean Andes in the province of Imbabura, the land of the Otavalo Quichua. The Otavalo Quechua are noted for their distinctive weave and their marketing skills. The province has been inhabited by people since prehistoric time, and trading between tropical forest peoples and the temperate highland peoples was well established. We will visit one of the oldest and internationally known indigenous markets surviving in America today, dating back to Pre-Inca times. Enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of this market spree: happy hunting!
We will also visit the Inti Raymi Cultural Center, when we visit the indigenous community of Pinsaqui, the home of the Center which teaches Indigenous Music and Dance to the next generation of Otavalo Quichuas.
The second week we will take the course down the Andes to the headwaters of the Amazon basin. Here students will explore the Ecuadorean frontier and the ecological and human problems associated with rapid growth and development in the rainforest.
We will be traveling by bus and canoe to get around one of the most biologically diverse ecosystems in the world- a real bonus on this trip! We will also be going to the famous Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve deep in the Ecuadorean Amazon Basin in the Amazonian province of Succumbios. The Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve is home of the famous pink dolphins and the most diverse fauna in the Amazon headwaters. We will stay an extra day in the boom town of Lago Agrio before returning to Quito.
For further information contact Dr. Cruz at 465-2360 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Program Dates: January 5th- 18th, 2018
Comfortable lodging is included for the duration of the program. Most meals are provided.