Ecuador is often referred to as the Jewel of the Andes and is a small paradise of biodiversity, with a wealth of landscapes and climates. With the Pacific Coastal beaches to the west and the steamy rainforests to the east, the Andes run north to south through Ecuador, creating a dramatic spine of mountainous highlands and peaks. The Ecuadorean Andes are home to the largest concentration of volcanoes in the world and are a vivid landscape of imposing glaciated volcanoes rising from misty cloud forests and lush valleys.
Our Ecuador portion of semester courses covers the length of these highlands - from the historic capital city of Quito, through the high valleys and into the highest peaks of the country. Students have the opportunity to experience the wonderful culture of Ecuador, in addition to learning the basics of undertaking a high altitude glacial mountaineering expedition. Students will have several chances to summit volcanoes higher than 5000m (16,400ft). Students feel like they are standing on a floating island as they take in 360-degree views from the snow-cloaked summits above the clouds down into villages and farms in the high valleys and across to other spectacular volcanic peaks.
COBS Pathfinder and semester courses end in Ecuador, which gives students the opportunity to stay on in Ecuador and travel on their own if they choose to do so.