Walking up to 1 mile, standing during field trips.
At the hotel, choose what you like from the buffet that includes juice, coffee, tea, water.
Orientation. The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. Periods in the daily schedule designated as “Free time” and “At leisure” offer opportunities to do what you like and make your experience even more meaningful and memorable according to your personal preferences. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. We will then set out by bus to Quito's colonial section where our Group Leader will accompany us on a walking field trip in the historic UNESCO World Heritage Site. While walking through the narrow streets, we will learn about Quito’s rich history going from pre-Hispanic times, through the Colonial Period, to the Republican Era. We will study the architectural styles of local buildings and the uniqueness of religious art pieces from the famous Quitenian School of Art that combines European Renaissance and Baroque styles with indigenous and mestizo influences. We'll also visit the Museo Casa del Alabado, housed in a renovated 17th century Spanish colonial residence in Quito's historic downtown area. We’ll learn about and examine exceptional examples of pre-Columbian art. There are more than 5,000 pieces in the collection, about 500 of which are on display, that represent different aspects of ancient Ecuadorian cultures and beliefs.
At a local restaurant, with an introduction to Ecuadorian food products and typical Ecuadorian cuisine.
Next, we’ll visit La Capilla del Hombre — The Chapel of Man — designed by Oswaldo Guayasamin (1919-1999), regarded as Ecuador’s greatest artist and a national treasure. He was a child of Quito, born to poor parents of Quechua and mestizo heritage. His artistic talent became apparent at and early age and as it developed, he focused on the world around him, especially “the cruelties and injustices of a society that discriminates against the poor, the Indians, the blacks, the weak.” He graduated from the School of Fine Arts in Quito as an artist, sculptor, and architect. His works won numerous awards and were exhibited throughout the Americas and Europe. Guayasamin’s greatest achievement was the La Capilla del Hombre museum, a tribute to humanity in his art, reflecting on both the history of cruelty and the potential for greatness. Returning to the hotel, we’ll have some time to freshen up and relax before attending an expert-led presentation on the past, present, and potential future of Ecuador.
At the hotel; coffee, tea, water included, other beverages available for purchase.
At leisure. Continue getting to know your fellow Road Scholars, settle in, and get a good night’s rest for the day ahead. Prepare for check-out and transfer in the morning.