Ecuador is a country abundant with rich culture and natural beauty. Straddling the equator, Ecuador's tropical coasts, temperate highlands and rain forests provide plenty of scope for any traveler, while carnivals and festivals provide visitors with colorful, cultural entertainment. Whether enjoying the serenity of the Guayas river in the evening, the breath taking vistas of the Andes Mountains, or the thriving city of Guayaquil, Ecuador is sure to leave a lasting impression.
Students, interns or volunteers in Ecuador enjoy shopping at the local markets, taking a cruise down the Guayas River, walking along the Malecon (riverwalk), or sampling some of the local dishes. Participants should also be sure to check out Las Penas, the city's oldest neighborhood. Historically, this location has been home to government officials, artists, musicians and others. These colorful homes, shops and restaurants provide a fun environment for an afternoon or evening out.