Explore Ecuador and Study Spanish

Wednesday, November 29th through Sunday, December 10th, 2023


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  • An initial deposit of $500 per person is due now to secure your spot.

  • Registration will remain open until Tuesday, October 3rd or until the trip has reached capacity.

  • Group Size 3 to 8 participants


Explore Ecuador and polish your Spanish skills while you enjoy all the hospitality that the city of Cuenca has to offer. This trip is perfect for getting oriented to Ecuador with a start in Quito and a group journey through the Andes and the jungle. Pause for a week to get the support of excellent instructors and dive into the language, the food, and the vibrant culture of the region. You will hear from local Ecuadorians, benefit from the expertise of our Cuenca team. Andrew McPheeters, Associate Vice President of Community Education & Travel Programs will accompany the group.

Afterward, choose your next adventure…

Will it be another week relaxing in beautiful Cuenca? An excursion onward in Ecuador to the Amazon or Galapagos (our language school friends will assist). Or hop to another South American country putting your language skills to a test.

A Note About Remote Work

These days we know travel and vacations can sometimes be paired with partial work-time which relies on dependable wifi and some planning around time zones. The week Monday through Friday in Cuenca has built-in flexibility. Ecuador aligns with the US Central Time Zone. Morning classes outlined below can be offered 1:1 typically either earlier in the day, later, over lunch, or in the evening.

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Program Highlights

  • The group will have an online Zoom pre-departure orientation with our in-country team. One hour of Spanish instruction via Zoom will be included pre-departure with each student and their teacher. Our partners can assist ahead of departure in planning ongoing travel to key locations in Ecuador.
  • Gain insight into Ecuador’s history and culture, delving into the colonial past, hearing the perspective of indigenous communities, and gaining insight into contemporary society.
  • Take in the amazing city of Quito, as well as, the beauty of the countryside, jungle, and mountains. Plenty of opportunities for bird-watching!
  • Discover Cuenca and beyond with an orientation to the city, events with local residents, resources to plan travel afterward, and the daily support of on-site staff.
  • Relax in comfortable accommodations centrally located and within walking distance of our language school.
  • Participate in active Spanish instruction in small groups of two to five, organized from beginner to advanced. One-on-one instruction can be arranged if that is a participant’s preference.
  • Enjoy cultural activities including dinner with a top chef, cooking class, visits to museums, hikes, and day trips.
  • Benefit from the experience of Lewis & Clark’s retired senior lecturer Wendy Woodrich together with a community of like-minded adventurers.

Market Cuenca fruit



Cost & Registration


  • $3,590 per person in a double ($500 deposit + $3,090 balance payment); $4,290 in a single ($500 deposit + $3,790) balance payment). 

  • $500 non-refundable deposit per person. The deposit is due by Tuesday, October 3rd, 2023 or before.

  • Balance payment of $3,090 per person in a double, $3,790 in a single is due by October 10th, 2023.

  • Price does not include International airfare, optional tips, most alcoholic beverages, or some small incidental fees like video or photo charges at specific sites, restrooms, etc…

  • Participants are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

  • Click here to register.

About the Lewis & Clark Cuenca Center in Ecuador

Lewis & Clark has been sending students to Cuenca, Ecuador for decades. Our partners there rcontinue to offer quality language instruction by professional Spanish teachers, and cultural activities. We have found that they provide an attention to detail, a caring attitude, an important insight into the local community, a commitment to assistance with travel and other matters, and a skilled approach to support 24/7 for health and safety issues.

Trip Leader


Lewis & Clark Ecuador: Amazon & The Galapagos July 2022

Andrew McPheeters is the Associate Vice President for Community Education & Travel Programs. He has worked at Lewis & Clark for sixteen plus years in alumni, parent and constituent relations. He founded the LC Travel Program in 2016. Andrew has lived and worked in Asia and Europe. His career has taken him to six continents and over 25 countries including in Latin America: Mexico 2019, Cuba in 2019 and 2022, Ecuador in 2022, Antarctica in 2022, and Argentina in 2022 and 2023.  He served as Dean of Students at Franklin College Switzerland, and was named Prefecture Goodwill Ambassador after teaching English in Japan for three years.



Andrew McPheeters, Associate Vice President of Community Education & Travel Programs at mcpheete@lclark.edu or 503-768-7936.


Market Cuenca kids