Famous for its density of plant and animal species, more and more people every year visit the Amazon rainforest as part of their trip to Ecuador. Our week long program allows our students to experience the rainforest with Yarina, one of the most respected Rainforest Tour provides in Ecuador.

After arriving in the frontier city of Cocoa, east of Quito, it is another 1 hour ride by motorized canoe along the Río Napo before arriving at Cuyabeno Ecological Reserve.

There in the heart of the Amazon is where students and professors will spend the week learning Spanish in the morning and exploring the rainforest the rest of the time.

Guided hikes with bilingual naturalist experts, visits to nearby Quichua indigenous communities, and paddle canoe excursions are all part of the day and nightime activities during the week. After a full week of living in the rainforest, students and professors will leave Yarina on Friday morning to return to Quito.

More information about the lodge and the Cuyabeno Ecological Reserve in the Amazon Rainforest:

  • Cuyabeno River Lodge at Yarina


  • Spanish classes everyday for 4 hours.
  • Three meals a day and stay in a comfortable Rainforest Lodge.
  • All of the guided excursions during the week such as night hikes, piraña fishing, eating live insects etc.
  • Visit to the nearby Quichua community to learn about their traditions and customs.
  • Also learn about the medicinal plants of the Amazon.

Does not include

  • Cost of bus or airplane fare from Quito to Coca and back to Quito.
  • Extra food and drinks from the bar.

Study while travelling programs - Further information

Ecuador is one of the most bio-diverse countries on the planet. Untouched Amazon rainforest, gorgeous beaches and some of the world's best cloud forests all lie within a day's travel of Quito, the capital nestled in the Andes montains.

To help our students fully appreciate the beauty of Ecuador while acquiring language skills, we offer these study programs outside of Quito.

We recommend staying in Quito for at least the first week of your visit to Ecuador to allow you to acclimatize (Quito is at 2,850m) and then use your Spanish while travelling.

Since we work with groups and directly with the service providers we are able to offer trips at a much lower cost than if you were to travel on your own. Also there is of course the advantage of having your professors along with you to help you get the most out of your visit.

All of our travel programs run from Monday through Friday. After a full week of classes and and excursions, you choose what you want to do on the weekend. You can either choose to return to Quito with your professors or stay longer.

However, the trip for the following week will always be leaving from Quito promptly on Monday morning.