The Intersession program will begin with an overnight stay in Ecuador's largest city, Guayaquil. Students will then spend two nights in the small town of Paute, nestled high in the Andes. While in Cuenca students will make several local field trips including the fascinating Incan ruins at Inga Pirca, and the breathtaking El Cajas national park, at over 13,000 feet above sea level. Students then will spend three days in the capital city of Quito and will visit the world famous Indian market at Otavalo, many of Quito’s famous colonial churches, as well as the equator itself. Finally, students will end the program with three nights in a quiet pacific coast fishing village named Canoa. Unlike the indigenous Andean experience of the highlands, this final portion of the program will introduce students to Ecuador's tropical Pacific coast with an environmental studies experience.