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The Honors College Ecuador program returned home on Friday (with the exception of a few students who had planned beforehand to explore further in Ecuador and Peru on their own before coming home) exhausted but happy after a 30-hour "commute" from Santa Cruz island in the Galápagos all the way…

The group’s last full day in Ecuador proved to be one of its most memorable, highlighted by a 45-minute boat ride to “Los Túneles,” The Tunnels, for an epic snorkel session.

The Tunnels are a series of lava flows and lava tubes that reached the coast, resulting in a maze of sharp…

Isabela Island, the last destination for the Honors College study abroad group, is the largest island in Galápagos, and in fact is bigger than all the other islands combined.

Formed by the merger of five huge shield volcanoes, the island is still very volcanically active, with one of its…

The group’s first day on the Galápagos was a busy one.

After a tour of a pair of pit craters - sites where a now-empty lava dome has collapsed into what looks like a massive sink hole - the group stopped for a face-to-face encounter with one of the islands’ most iconic residents: the…

After a joyous two days in the city of Cuenca full of exploring and a guided city tour – Cuenca is informally known as the cultural hub of Ecuador – the Honors College Ecuador Program once again boarded the Night Bus for another trip across the Andes.

But before leaving the Andes…

Day 10 of the Honors College study abroad in Ecuador saw the group leave Riobamba for the road to Cuenca, stopping to tour the towns of Alausí and Biblián , as well as historical sites along the way, including the first Catholic Church in Ecuador, Iglesia de Balbanera, founded in 1534.

Day 9 of the Honors College study abroad in Ecuador saw the group climb from the mid altitude cloud forest city of Baños - probably the favorite town of the trip so far for the group because of its friendly, laid-back vibe - to the high altitude city of Riobamba.

Along the way was an…

Today is a travel day for the Honors College study abroad group, leaving Baños for Riobamba. In between, the group will be stopping for a hike around the slopes of Chimborazo, Ecuador’s highest peak. Because this activity won’t be completed until after Western Today’s deadline, we will bring you…

Day eight for the Honors College study abroad program in Ecuador saw the group sally from its new base camp in the city of Baños. Nestled in the Andean cloud forest at about 6,000 feet at the foot of the active volcano Tungurahua, Baños is the gateway town between both the Andes highlands and…

Days five through seven of the Honors College study abroad trip to Ecuador saw the group not only descend 8,000 feet from the high plateau of Quito, but wholeheartedly plunge into a fully immersive experience in the Amazon basin in a way that few on the trip will ever forget.

Day five…

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