I loved my experience. Ecuador was amazing. The classes and internship helped me realize that international affairs is a career I will find most rewarding. Everyone at KEI helped me come closer to achieving my future goals. Claudia (KEI Onsite Director) was wonderful, like a mom. She made me feel at home. If anything were to happen, I had someone to call for assistance.
The program includes a city tour of Guayaquil, a field trip to Parque Historico, overnight excursion to Cuenca and Inca ruins, and a 3-day field trip to Quito and surrounding area.
Transportation, lodging and admission for planed activities are included in the program fee.
KEI reserves the right to change planned excursions for destinations of equal value and interest.
Excursions may change based on availability, local festivals and interest.
Academic year and multiple term students participate on planned excursions during their first term of study.
Guayaquil City Tour (day activity)
Discover the city of Guayaquil by visiting downtown, River Walk and Las Penas.
The purpose of this excursion is to orient students to Guayaquil and the transportation system (buses).
Parque Historico (half-day activity)
This living park showcases Ecuadorian culture and nature.
The park consists of four sections:
The nature reserve has walkway bridges to observe animals and birds in their natural swamp habitats.
The historical area showcases life in the 1900s.
The traditional area showcases indigenous life, with performances on Sundays.
The gardens feature a variety of medicinal plants native to Ecuador.
Cuenca & Inca Ruins (overnight excursion)
Cuenca in the South Andes is the third largest city in Ecuador.
The city's colonial architecture dates to the 18th century.
Cuenca is known for its cobble streets, cathedrals and monasteries, and considered the cultural hotspot of Ecuador.
The group will also visit Cajas National Park and Ingapirca (Inca ruins).
Temple of the Sun, is one of the greatest architectural achievements of the Inca Empire.
Built entirely without mortar, the bricks were chiseled to fit tightly.
Like Stonehenge in England, the temple was positioned so that the sun's rays shine through the center of the doorway during the summer and winter solstices.
Quito (extended excursion)
Quito derived its name from the Quitus tribe who inhabited the area in pre-Inca epochs.
Quito became a major stronghold of the Incas Empire under Huayna Capac, who triumphed over the indigenous peoples.
During the Spanish Colonial era, Quito served as the main administrative center for the region.
Today, the City is the political capital of Ecuador.
Quito's Old Town is characterized by museums, galleries, cathedrals, colonial buildings, balcony furbished homes and outdoor markets with narrow cobbled streets.
In 1978, UNESCO sanctioned it as a World Heritage Site.
The city is situated on the slopes of Volcano Guagua Pichincha, flanked by the Andes mountains and canyons, at an elevation of 4,790 meters (the second highest in Latin America).
On a clear day you see snow capped volcanoes in the far distance adding to this truly unforgettable city.
Students who plan to travel independently in Ecuador and South America during holidays and school breaks MUST inform the Onsite Director and provide their itinerary and contact information.
We recommend visiting the following locations.
These excursions are not part of the KEI program, but the Onsite Director can assist you with planning.