Itinerary

Ecuador Flight Information & Itinerary

Flight Information
United Confirmation number: HD7YVQ
March 16, 2013
United Airlines, Flight 1090
Depart: Boston, MA (BOS) 8:27 a.m. Arrives: Houston, TX (IAH) 11:59 a.m.
–connecting to—
United, 1035
Depart: Houston, TX (IAH) 4:38 p.m. Arrives: Quito, Ecuador (UIO) 10:03 p.m.

March 24, 2013
United Airlines, Flight 1036
Depart: Quito, Ecuador (UIO, 6:05 a.m. Arrives: Houston, TX (IAH) 11:40 a.m.
–connecting to—
United Airlines, Flight 2
Depart: Houston, TX (IAH) 5:00 p.m. Arrives: Boston, MA (BOS) 9:40 p.m.

*Flight numbers and times are subject to change without notice, so please monitor flight departures and arrivals.


Saturday, March 16, 2013
Day 1 – Arrive in Quito, Ecuador
• Arrive in Quito (UA Flight 1035 at 10:30 p.m.)
• Welcome by our Sustainable Horizon Program Leader outside the airport
• Snack on the road to the hotel if group is hungry
• Head to our hotel to spend the night and rest for the exciting days ahead

Sunday, March 17, 2013
Day 2 – Travel to the Amazon Region
• Breakfast at the hotel
• Trip orientation meeting
• Travel to our host community in the Amazon Region (approximately 6.5 hours driving)
• Along the way, visit Pailón del Diablo waterfall (The Devil’s Cauldron)
• We will have lunch in a traditional restaurant
• Continue trip to host community
• We will arrive to our host community and meet our host families
• Introduction to the community
• Get to know our families over dinner

Monday, March 18, 2013 – Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Days 3 – 5 – Service Project and Host Community
• Breakfast with our host families
• On the first day we will have an orientation to our service projects
• Begin work on service projects
• Snack and break during the morning
• Lunch with our host families
• Continue work on service projects
• During the late afternoon or evening we will have activities with the community.
Please note that these activities are subject to change according to weather conditions and time availability:
o Visit the local trapiche, the place where raw sugar cane is transformed into blocks of sugar and other sugar products
o Early bird watching activity
o Night hike in the forest
o Play soccer, learning local tales and history and having salsa lessons.
• Dinner with our host families

Note: If weather conditions allow, we may be able to cool off in the nearby river after our service work ends for the day.

Thursday, March 21, 2013
Days 6 – Visit Tzawata Indigenous community and Service Project
• Early breakfast with our host families
• Drive to Tzawata, a nearby indigenous community, to learn about indigenous resistance and land rights over private and corporate interests
• Brief meeting with the community
• Meeting with a local shaman (local traditional healer)
• Traditional cooking lessons
• Lunch at the Tzawata community
• Bus back to our host community
• Continue work on service projects for a few hours
• For our final evening in the community, we will gather with our host families and other new friends for a celebratory farewell dinner
• Evening activities

Friday, March 22, 2013
Days 7 – Papallacta Thermal springs
• Breakfast with each family
• Bus to Papallacta hot springs (approximately 3 hours driving)
• Lunch in Papallacta
• We will spend the rest of the day relaxing at the hot springs
• Dinner at a local traditional restaurant
• Spend the night at the Papallacta hot spring lodge

Saturday, March 23, 2013
Days 8 – Equatorial Line and the Otavalo Indigenous Market – Quito
• Breakfast at the lodge in Papallacta
• Bus from Papallacta to Otavalo (approximately 3 hours)
• Upon arrival, admire the view of the surrounding lakes from atop a viewpoint
• Mid-morning snack
• Explore the famous indigenous market and pick up a few crafts and souvenirs
• Enjoy a traditional lunch in a nearby community

• Visit the Quitsato middle of the world monument
• Return to Quito by bus (approximately 2.5 hours)
• Discover the historical center of Quito, including a convent open exclusively for us!
• Farewell dinner in la Ronda traditional neighborhood
• Return to our hotel to rest

Sunday, March 24, 2013
Day 9 – International Flight Home
• Breakfast to go
• Departure flight (UA Flight 1036 at 6:05 a.m.)


Program Leader Biography

Name: Juan Kunchikuy
Juan is a 34-year-old indigenous Ecuadorian who was born in an indigenous camp located near the frontier between Ecuador and Peru. He belongs to the Shiwiar nationality, one of the few indigenous groups that still lives separated from civilization and in equilibrium with the jungle.

When Juan was a teenager he had the opportunity to attend a school funded by an NGO. This school’s objectives included providing an education based on creative and sustainable solutions to the extraction of natural resources from the jungle. Juan decided to become a naturalist guide and an educator, and his work has mostly being linked to NGOs and educational institutions.

As part of his work with NGOs, Juan has visited several high schools and universities in the United Kingdom and the United States. Juan has given speeches, workshops and conferences on the reality of indigenous cultures that still survive in the rain forest. He has also spoken to the need for finding alternative sources of energy to decrease oil exploitation as well as to decrease the level of consumption in the first world. Additionally, Juan has worked as a naturalist guide specializing in rainforest biodiversity for the last 10 years. His main passion is to be able to bridge reality between the western world and what he calls the “Mother Thread” (in other words, Mother Nature).

Working with Sustainable Horizon is one of the most satisfying projects for Juan as he has the opportunity to be in direct contact with young people visiting from abroad. Interacting with young foreigners makes him feel optimistic and hopeful about the future of the indigenous cultures and Mother Nature’s survival.

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