Snorkeling with sea lions, marine iguanas, sea turtles, and penguins (yes, penguins) in the warm waters of the Galapagos Islands. Hiking in the cloud forest and spotting stunning varieties of hummingbirds and orchids. Boating down the Amazon and marveling at the wall of green forest in one of the most intense places on Earth.

Not bad, for a start.

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You are pretty much guaranteed to have these (or similar) experiences when you visit Ecuador, one of the most diverse countries on earth. However, Ecuador student educational tours with Chill Expeditions truly take your time in this special place to the next level. Student educational travel, done right, is about connecting the amazing things you see with the people, the food, the music, the history, the biology, the culture, and more to create a cohesive 360 degree travel experience unlike any other. More and more, savvy travelers are seeking to take full advantage of limited travel time, to go beyond a vacation and engage in a meaningful experience that lasts long after your flight home has landed.

On Ecuador student educational tours with CE, dig into the incredible variety of habitats, cultures, and history in this awe-inspiring country. Explore the highlands with a local artisan from a tiny Quichua speaking village. Spend the night in his home and learn about the biology and history of this mountain settlement, his efforts to preserve centuries old arts and traditions of his village, and how this connects with other local artisans you will meet throughout the country.

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During your visit to the Galapagos, bypass the schedule regimented boat tours and get a real sense of place by staying on the islands. Take as much time as you want exploring the biological wonders of the islands, getting up close and personal with amazing animals, and hearing the stories of locals, including a 96 year old resident who tells tales of the very first permanent settlements on the island.

In the Amazon, stay at a lodge owned and operated by indigenous people, and learn how they are fighting to preserve their culture and incredible natural surroundings against infringement from oil companies. The possibilities for Eco-Immersion are endless, and Chill Expeditions Ecuador Adventure Vacations are customized to truly take you off the beaten path for a travel experience unlike any other, one that is in fact way beyond a vacation!

Crawford Hill is the owner and director of Chill Expeditions, an educational travel company focused on cultural immersion. An expedition leader, former biology teacher, and educational innovator, Hill has been guiding students and adults on wilderness adventures since 1974. Over the years, Hill has led thousands of students and families on experiential learning trips to Costa Rica, Belize, the Galapagos Islands, Peru and Spain. Hill revels in the opportunity to be able to work with students and families across the country with the world as his clas

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