A.S.S. Atahualpa Spanish School
  Out side Quito (Learn and Travel)

Travelling Classroom

The teaching does not take place in our school in Quito but in the most beautiful places of Ecuador. Either individually or in a small group of students you travel to the sea, into the jungle or to the mountains in the company of your teacher.

Discover Ecuador and learn Spanish! You will have lessons in the morning and enjoy your leisure time in the evening. Each region offers different recreational activities: swimming, walking, exciting canoe trips, excursions. And a lot of Spanish conversation!


The Amazon Jungle Rain Forest

At first glance, the rain forest is a vast green wilderness. However, as one observes carefully, this ecosystem is full of surprises for its visitors. Not only is each tree very different from the next, but also for every tree there are hundreds of other plant and animal species in constant interaction. Tropical rain forests occupy 7% of the Earth’s surface, but they hold 50% of the world’s biodiversity (Myers 1988; Wilson 1988). These forests are found in Central America, Africa and Asia, but the biggest area extends in the South American Amazon.

To truly take advantage of the rain forest, one must awaken all five senses to discover how exotic life forms have evolved to live together in a minimal extent of land. The embracing sounds tell of the various birds and insects that keep this living forest in constant change. The many other animal and plant species need of careful observation to be found as they have amazing color and texture adaptations to be confused with the scenery. The many smells tell of the chemicals that the plants have developed as a defense for herbivores, and many are of medicinal use for humans.


The Andes of Ecuador

The Andes are the world's longest continental mountain range. They lie as a continuous chain of highland along the western coast of South America. The range is over 7,000 km (4,300 mi) long, 200 km (120 mi) to 700 km (430 mi) wide (widest between 18° to 20°S latitude), and of an average height of about 4,000 m (13,000 ft). Over its length the Andean range is at several locations split into several ranges, often two great ranges, named Cordillera Oriental and the Cordillera Occidental, often separated by a intermediate depression.
The Andes mountains extend over seven countries: Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Venezuela, some of which are known as Andean States.
The Andes mountain range is the highest mountain range outside Asia. The highest peak, Aconcagua, rises to 6,962 m (22,841 ft) above sea level. The summit of Mount
Chimborazo in the Ecuadorean Andes is the point on the Earth's surface most distant from its center, because of the equatorial bulge.


The Coast of Ecuador

The Ecuadorian Coast extends from the western slopes of the Andes to the Pacific Ocean. This region is crossed from North to South by a lower mountain range and is full of alluvial plains. The Ecuadorian Coast was populated by the oldest known cultures of the country, such as Valdivia (3.500-1.800 BC). Ever since then, the region has had the largest agricultural development in the country, thanks to the variety of natural resources such as water, wide plains and fertile soils. 


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