Tropical Biology in Ecuador

Explore the Ecuadorian Tropics and experience the incredible biodiversity of one of South America’s most beautiful regions.

Over the course of 2 weeks, participants will fly to Quito, and enjoy the historical sites and sounds of the bustling Ecuadorian Capital.   Travel continues to the southeast of Quito, to the Andean Foothills where participants will be based at the Wildsumaco Biological Station.

Lectures will explore ecological interactions and diversity of tropical systems, focusing on the neotropics.  Students will gain first-hand knowledge of tropical systems and will engage with a living ecosystem, in which they will participate in a short research project.

BIOL 430 – Tropical Biology

Program Itinerary*
subject to change

June 21 – Arrival into Quito, meet on-site staff

June 22
– Visits to the Botanical Garden and Vivarium.  Overnight in Quito.

June 23
– Checkout of accommodations in Quito and transfer to Wildsumaco.  Brief stop at Guango Lodge to view wildlife.

June 24 – July 3
 – Stay at Wildsumaco Biological Station

July 4
 – Depart Wildsumaco and transfer to Quito

July 5
– Guided walking tour of Old Town Quito, visit to Middle of the World. Farewell Dinner overlooking the city.

July 6 – Checkout of accommodations.  Transfer to Quito airport for return flight to US.


Airport Pickup/Drop Off
Roundtrip bus transportation Quito – Wildsumaco – Quito
Breakfast, lunch & dinner while at Wildsumaco
Breakfast daily outside of Wildsumaco
Farewell Dinner in Quito
Twin occupancy room in hotel (Quito)
Shared dormitories (2-4 students/room at Wildsumaco)
All group excursions and entrance fees per itinerary
24 hour emergency access to support staff
Gratuities for all tour guides, bus drivers

Not Included
Roundtrip Airfare
Some meals
Textbook/Course supplies (if required)