City of Quito

Mi Querido Ecuador

11-Day Guided Language Immersion Program in Ecuador
Starting from $ 3799.00
11-Day Program | A unique Spanish language immersion experience begins for your student group upon your arrival in Ecuador! Live, laugh and learn in Quito while attending morning Spanish classes at the Academia Guayasamín. Enjoy activities such as cooking, salsa dancing and trips to La Mitad del Mundo and Otavalo, South America's largest handicraft market. Spend evenings relaxing at home with your familia quiteña (2-3 students per family). Our unforgettable Family Stay Experience® allows students to become temporary locals and appreciate the everyday Ecuadorian lifestyle. Spanish language skills learned in the classroom come to life in this in-depth language immersion travel experience in Latin America.

Includes Family Stay Experience®

11 Day Immersion Program

Most Costs Included in Trip Pricing

Dedicated Planning Assistance

Why You’ll Love This Trip

  • Quito walking city tour
  • La Basílica del Voto Nacional
  • 5 Spanish classes
  • Fruit market
  • Museo Guayasamín
  • Volunteer activity
  • Salsa class
  • Cooking class
  • Teleférico
  • Mitad del Mundo
  • Intiñan Museum
  • Chocolate tour
  • Weaving workshop
  • Otavalo market
  • Andean instrument presentation
  • La Cascada de Peguche
  • Butterfly garden
  • Waterfall hike
  • Nocturnal hike
  • Zipline
  • Tips for guide(s) and/or bus driver(s)

Day 1 | Quito

Arrive in Quito, transfer to your hotel. Included Meals: None

Day 2 | Quito

Explore Quito with a costumed character from the capital city’s colorful history. Visit sites such as la Plaza de la Independencia, el Palacio Presidencial and la Basilica. After a day of exploring what UNESCO refers to as the most well preserved colonial city in Latin America, enjoy an Xperitas welcome dinner.

Days 3 - 6 | Family Stay

Explore Quito with a costumed character from the capital city’s colorful history. Visit sites such as la Plaza de la Independencia, el Palacio Presidencial and la Basilica. After a day of exploring what UNESCO refers to as the most well preserved colonial city in Latin America, enjoy an Xperitas welcome dinner.

Day 7 | Family Stay

After Spanish class, go on an adventure! Take a ride up the Teleférico skylift for a panoramic view of Quito. Then, stop at the Mitad del Mundo, or the center of the world, whose monument was once thought to be the geographic location of the equator. Experience the oddities of standing on the actual equator line during your visit to the intriguing Intiñan Museum and top everything off with a delicious chocolate tour.

Day 8 | Family Stay

Board the bus for an exciting day outside of Quito. Your day begins in Otavalo, the site of the most famous handicraft market in South America. Visit a workshop to learn about this community’s traditional way of weaving. After browsing the stalls of the bustling market, stop to take in the tranquil beauty of la Cascada de Peguche. Travel to a nearby villiage where you’ll listen to the rhythms of traditional Andean instruments played by a local family of musicians.

Day 9 | Mindo

Bid farewell to your familia quiteña. For a full day of adventure, head south to Mindo. There you will visit a tropical butterfly garden, hike incredible waterfalls, and experience the cloud forest firsthand as you zipline through the treetops. In the evening, listen to the sounds of Mindo’s nocturnal wildlife during a hike that is also known as the frog concert!

Day 10 | En Route

Enjoy a farewell lunch with your fellow travelers. Transfer to the airport for your flight to the United States.

Day 11 | Return

Arrive in the United States. Included Meals: None

Price Includes

Round-trip airfare from city listed (and any airline fuel surcharges)
In-country transportation (air, motorcoach, van, as applicable)
All overnight accommodations
Insurance for accidents or illness and trip cancellation coverage due to medical reasons only
International phone allowance $10 per day for one leader while in country
Local Spanish speaking guide during tour portion of itinerary
Xperitas Family Stay with all meals included
Local Family Stay Coordinator on call during family stay
24/7 Xperitas emergency support while abroad
Meals as indicated on the itinerary
Activities Included: Quito walking city tour , La Basílica del Voto Nacional , 5 Spanish classes , Fruit market , Museo Guayasamín , Volunteer activity , Salsa class , Cooking class , Teleférico , Mitad del Mundo , Intiñan Museum , Chocolate tour , Weaving workshop , Otavalo market , Andean instrument presentation , La Cascada de Peguche , Butterfly garden , Waterfall hike , Nocturnal hike , Zipline , Tips for guide(s) and/or bus driver(s) ,

Price Excludes

  • Airline baggage fees Increase in air cost due to requests for specific travel dates or airline Costs incurred due to late or missed flights Passport, visa or other document costs Transportation to/from departure city Any meals not indicated on itineraries Spending money and gifts Any fees associated with advanced seating assignments Small-group supplement when group has fewer than 10 participants

Pricing Calculator

  • 151
  • 152
  • 153
  • 154
  • 155
  • 156
  • 157
  • 158
  • 159
  • 160
  • 161
  • 162
  • 163
  • 164
  • 165
  • 166
  • 167
  • 168
  • 169
  • 151
  • 152
  • 153
  • 154
  • 155
  • 156
  • 157
  • 158
  • 159
  • 160
  • 161
  • 162
  • 163
  • 164
  • 165
  • 166
  • 167
  • 168
  • 169
$xxxx.xx / per student

Spring Payment Schedule

Payment and cancellation schedule:

Billing and Payments: Xperitas will email a bill for the final payment approximately three weeks before it is due. For all other payments please refer to this schedule. A payment reminder will be sent to you via email a week before a scheduled payment is due. Payments can be made by credit/debit card via the Xperitas portal or by check or money order payable to Xperitas.

Cancellations: Any cancellation made through October 1, 2023 will receive a full refund. Cancellations made after this date will be calculated on an individual basis at the time of cancellation and follow the schedule and terms below. 

Payment Schedule

Spring Programs: March and April, 2024

June 15 (Early Bird); October 1, 2023 (Final)

$500 due with application*

November 1, 2023

$800

December 1, 2023

$800

January 15, 2024

Balance

*Once the online application and $500 deposit are submitted and processed, participants will receive enrollment confirmation.

Cancellation Schedule

Spring Programs: March and April, 2024

Date of Cancellation

Refund Amount

Cancellations received through October 1, 2023

Full refund – No administrative fee charged

October 2 - November 14, 2023

Refund of all money paid

MINUS a $250 administrative fee*

November 15, 2023 or later

Refund of all money paid MINUS a $500 administrative fee* AND any air/land expenses incurred by Xperitas

(Varies by program and cancellation date)

30 days prior to departure

No refund possible

*This fee is to help cover the cost of organizational resources incurred in the planning of the language/cultural immersion experience.

Summer Payment Schedule

Payment and cancellation schedule:

Billing and Payments: Xperitas will email a bill for the final payment approximately three weeks before it is due. For all other payments please refer to this schedule. A payment reminder will be sent to you via email a week before a scheduled payment is due. Payments can be made by credit/debit card via the Xperitas portal or by check or money order payable to Xperitas.

Cancellations: Any cancellation made through October 15, 2023 will receive a full refund. Cancellations made after this date will be calculated on an individual basis at the time of cancellation and follow the schedule and terms below.

Payment Schedule

Summer Programs: May, June, July, August, 2024

June 15 (Early Bird); October 15, 2023 (Final)

$500 due with application*

November 15, 2023

$1000

January 15, 2024

$1000

March 15, 2024

Balance

*Once the online application and $500 deposit are submitted and processed, participants will receive enrollment confirmation.

Cancellation Schedule

Summer Programs: May, June, July, August, 2024

Date of Cancellation

Refund Amount

Cancellations received through October 15, 2023

Full refund – No administrative fee charged

October 16 – November 30, 2023

Refund of all money paid

MINUS a $250 administrative fee*

December 1, 2023 or later

Refund of all money paid MINUS a $500 administrative fee* AND any air/land

expenses incurred by Xperitas

(Varies by program and cancellation date)

30 days prior to departure

No refund possible

*This fee is to help cover the cost of organizational resources incurred in the planning of the language/cultural immersion experience.

Enrollment Information

*Prices are based on a minimum group size of 10 students. When the minimum group size is not reached, a small-group supplement will apply. The order of this itinerary, and all itinerary items, are subject to change based on unforeseen circumstances that may arise prior to or during international travel.
Mi Querido Ecuador
11-Day Program
  • Quito walking city tour
  • La Basílica del Voto Nacional
  • 5 Spanish classes
  • Fruit market
  • Museo Guayasamín
  • Volunteer activity
  • Salsa class
  • Cooking class
  • Teleférico
  • Mitad del Mundo
  • Intiñan Museum
  • Chocolate tour
  • Weaving workshop
  • Otavalo market
  • Andean instrument presentation
  • La Cascada de Peguche
  • Butterfly garden
  • Waterfall hike
  • Nocturnal hike
  • Zipline
  • Tips for guide(s) and/or bus driver(s)