Type Land & Air
Departure Date Friday, March 6th, 2020
Return Date Saturday, March 14th, 2020
Final Payment Date
Friday, January 10th, 2020
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Departure from the Penn State Harrisburg campus for Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) at 8:00 a.m. Check in at Avianca Airlines no later than 11:55 a.m. Flight AV399 leaves for San Salvador at 2:55 p.m. Connecting flight to Mariscal Sucre International (UIO) departs at 8:08 p.m.
Arrive in Quito at 12:01 a.m. and meet your bilingual guide to transfer to the hotel. Enjoy a full day of sightseeing where you will see the Yerbatoes market, San Francisco Square, the Cathedral and the Domes, La Compania de Jesus Church, La Ronda Neighborhood, and the Fray Pedro Gocial San Francisco Museum.
After breakfast at the hotel, enjoy a morning tour of Rumipamba Museum in the middle of the Rumipamba Archeological Park. Then, drive to the Middle of the World, where the equatorial line divides the northern and southern hemispheres. You will have the opportunity to visit the Intinan Museum which is located at the exact crossing of the equator. Return to Quito to visit la Florida Museum, a cemetery of the ancient inhabitants of the valley of Quito.
After breakfast, travel north towards Imbabura, “the lakes” province. Taste exotic fruits in the Guayllabamba valley and cross the equator at Cayambe. Travel next to Cuicocha Crater Lake, which lies at the foot of Cotocachi, an extinct volcano. Afterwards, visit Huarmi Maqui to enjoy a cooking experience, where you will taste delicious dishes from the Andean region. At the end of the day, visit the famous Otavalo Indian Market, where vendors proudly offer a stunning variety of weavings. Meet your homestay family for an overnight visit.
Following breakfast, visit a local school to participate in a Quechua language lesson. Spend the day with the students to see what their day of classes is like and learn about a Pamba table and its ancestral traditions.
After breakfast, travel to Ilumán to participate in rituals performed by a Shaman. Experience a traditional cleansing, including traditional elements used for rituals, such as candles, guinea pigs, traditional plants, ointments made by curators, and liquor. Travel to Otavalo to visit Peguche Wasi, a group of kichwa weavers who seek to rescue and give life to the fabric left by the taitas and mamas. Participate in a workshop to discover the history, art, cultural and magical process of the Kichwa Otavalo world. In addition, experience an exhibition of the Andean cosmovision based on the history of the artistic process in looms.
Following breakfast, drive to one of the world’s highest active volcanoes – Cotopaxi. Once you reach the entrance to Cotopaxi National Park, you will drive through a pine forest to Limpiogungo Lagoon, a glacial Andean lake located at 3,800 meters along the slopes of the magnificent Cotopaxi volcano. If weather conditions allow, you will drive further to 4,500 meters in order to hike up to the shelter at 4,800 meters. Enjoy a free afternoon and evening.
After breakfast, drive the same route taken by Francisco de Orellana on his way to explore the legendary “El Dorado” in the Ecuadorian Amazon Region, towards the moors of the eastern mountain range. During this trip you will experience the change of scenery due to altitude variations. Surrounded by a beautiful landscape at 3,300 meters, you will discover Papallacta Hot Springs. Enjoy a relaxing bath in the natural hot springs.
Pick up your breakfast bag and depart the hotel at 2:00 a.m. for transfer to the airport. Check in at the Avianca Airlines counter for your 5:10 a.m. flight AV456. Connecting flight in San Salvador departs for Newark International at 8:07 a.m. AV 398, arriving at 2:40 p.m. Private coach transfer to return to Penn State Harrisburg.
INART 001 or INART 499 (3 credits)
Ecuador, the only country in the world that has a geological feature as part of the name, takes pride that the equator runs through its country. Ecuador has four distinct regions: the Andes, the Amazon jungle, the Coastal region, and the Galapagos. In this course, we will visit Quito, the first UNESCO World Heritage Site capital city and San Clemente, a coastal village of about 2,000 inhabitants. This course will study the land, history, economy, and people of Ecuador, including the country’s customs, traditions, beliefs, festivals, religion, use of medicinal herbs, food, and architecture. There are about twenty-seven indigenous groups in Ecuador, and we will study life before, during, and after the Incas. The Incan Empire was the largest and most sophisticated pre-Colombian civilization in South America and their language, Quechua, is still spoken by the majority of indigenous people. We will visit churches, markets, plazas, museums and schools where we will be taught about Quechua, and students will also teach English to young children at a local school. We will also experience a religious ritual, learn about the textile industry, take a cooking class, and drive to one of the world’s tallest active volcanos.
COURSE REGISTRATION To register for undergraduate course credit:
1) Meet with your academic adviser to discuss how this course will impact your educational progress. Have your adviser sign a drop/add form to add this class. Forms are available at registrar.psu.edu/registration/dropping_courses.cfm.
2) Contact the travel agency (contact information on back panel) to make a deposit or pay the total cost of the trip and obtain a receipt.
3) Take your signed drop/add form and travel agency receipt to the Office of the Registrar in the Swatara Building to complete enrollment in the course.
• Mandatory pre/post-trip meetings, group reading, journal, etc., during the spring 2020 semester.
• Students must be free of any current conduct reviews or conduct sanctions. Eligibility will be verified, and each participant grants permission for verification by the Office of Student Conduct. Any violation of the Penn State University Student Code of Conduct (studentaffairs.psu.edu/support-safety-conduct/student-conduct/code-conduct) while traveling will result in a class failure.
• Award funds are available to undergraduate honors students through the Penn State Harrisburg Honors programs. • The University also has funds for students traveling internationally. For details, visit gpglobalea.gp.psu.edu and select the “Scholarships and Grants” link. • A limited number of travel awards are available through the Penn State Harrisburg Office of International Programs. The application deadline is October 25, 2019. Please visit: harrisburg.psu.edu/international-programs/ grants-and-awards
Quito Park Inn: 3 nights: March 6 – 9 & 3 nights: March 11 – 14
Address : Avenida Reina Victoria y Calama Esquina, Quito 170143, Ecuador
Phone : +593 2-605-1200
San Clemente: San Clemente Community . March 9- 11
• Round-trip airfare from Newark International to Quito, Ecuador
• Avianca Airlines ticket includes one piece of checked luggage (50 pounds per piece)
• Round-trip transfers between Penn State Harrisburg and Newark Liberty International Airport
• Airport taxes and fuel surcharge – subject to increase before ticketing
• Hotel and homestay accommodations as per itinerary
• All transfers and sightseeing with entrance fees as per itinerary
• Single room supplement of $275
• Service fee of three percent on any amount paid by credit card
• Excess luggage
• Additional excursions or activities not mentioned in the itinerary or reserved in advance
• Gratuities for guides and drivers while in Ecuador
• Personal expenses (phone, drinks, souvenirs, laundry, etc.)
• Passport fees – Passport should be valid until September 15, 2020
Visas are not required for United States citizens traveling to Ecuador. All international students are responsible for determining if a visa is required and should immediately apply for the visa. Refunds cannot be made if a visa is not issued. Also, alert the International Programs office if you are applying for a visa.
* From $2,775
* Single room supplement +$275
Final payment date: January 10, 2020
|Departure Day||Departure Date||From (airport/terminal)||Departure Time||Flight #||To (airport)||Arrival Time (local time)|
|Friday||March 6, 2020||Newark, NJ||2:55 PM||AV 399||San Salvador||6:55 PM|
|Friday||March 6, 2020||San Salvador||8:08 PM||AV 457||Quito, Ecuador||12:01 AM . +1|
|Saturday||March 14, 2020||Quito, Ecuador||5:10 AM||AV 456||San Salvador||6:57 AM|
|Saturday||March 14, 2020||San Salvador||8:07 AM||AV 398||Newark, NJ||2:40 PM|
CelestialVoyagers Terms and Conditions relate to specific contracts with various suppliers.
The policies and regulations below must be strictly enforced.
A deposit of $500 is due upon registration. When registration is made within 60 days prior to departure the full amount of the trip is due.
Cancellations, Penalties and Fees
All changes and cancellations must be provided in writing. The following penalties apply with the number of days prior to departure:
● $350 cancellation fee + processing fee of $150: Total $500 penalty if cancelation is received between Dec 6 – January 10, 2020
● 100% of the total trip cost within after January 10, 2020 or in case of no-show
Everyone needs a passport valid until September 14, 2020. If you are not an American citizen, a visa may be required. A Green Card or equivalent is compulsory.
All academic arrangements are made with PSU Brandywine campus and confirm agreement to abide by Penn State University’s stipulated rules of conduct.