Accommodations and Meals

While in Quito and the Galápagos, students will stay in shared accommodation in economy hotels (2–4 per room). At TBS students will stay in bunk-style accommodation (4 beds per room). All rooms are screened. Running water is available and students share flush toilets and showers (cold water only). Food service is provided in a central dining hall and a generator provides electricity for several hours each day. There are food options available for vegetarians. Although networks can be unreliable, internet access is available in internet cafés in Quito, and limited access is available at GAIAS. Most daily meals will be provided as part of the program, with some purchased by students on-site.

Accommodation, Health, Climate Information Sheet
Accommodation Photos

Health and Safety

This program will involve fieldwork and extensive travel by air, water and land; in addition, Quito and the highlands are located at a relatively high altitude. Students will need to be prepared for extreme differences in temperature and precipitation. Students must be in excellent physical health and should not be especially prone to altitude, sea or motion sickness. If you are under medical care of any kind, you should consult both a physician and the Professional & International Programs office before applying. Students will be expected to respect the health and safety rules of each facility. Care must also be taken on independent travel in Quito, following the directives concerning risk provided by the Government of Canada.

NEW this year: All students will be required to demonstrate swimming proficiency prior to admission, as there are several activities that involve swimming, both in the Galápagos and the Amazon. Details about the swim test will be emailed to all applicants.


All students admitted to the Summer Abroad program are required to successfully complete an online PDO, which will provide general information and advice on international health and safety issues. Students must also attend an Ecuador Pre-departure Orientation in May 2021.


There will be group flight to Quito (via Panama) for students in the program. More information will be sent to admitted students. Alternatively, students may make their own travel arrangements.

Departure date from Toronto: Thursday, August 5
Return date from Quito: Friday, August 27

Transportation between the airport and the hotel in Quito will be provided to students on the group flight.

Entry Requirements

All students are responsible for making sure that their necessary travel documents are in order. Information on entry requirements is available from the Consulate of Ecuador in Toronto:

As of the time of publication (December 2020), Canadian citizens only need a passport valid for six months beyond their return date to enter Ecuador as a visitor. Citizens of other countries may have additional requirements.

Students will be required to see a Medical Travel Clinic and to obtain the vaccine for Yellow Fever. Proof of vaccination will be required well in advance of the program start date.