Una semana en la selva
A few months ago, I signed up for the travelling classroom including the new option of a week in the jungle. I thought it was going to be good, but I couldn´t imagine it would be this good. First of all, the cabañas are beautiful : they are brand new, made out of organic wood and you basically sleep outside because the biggest part of the walls are made of netting. There are barrely other tourists, what really gives you the feeling of ´being away´. The classes are good and the excursions, which take place after class, are just amazing. In only one week I have made two trekkings through the jungle, I have seen an animal rescue center, I learned how to use Quichea weapons and got to know their traditions, I went intertubing and jumped out of a huge tree into River Napo. It was probably the best week of my life and that is why I´m going back to the jungle for a month! I highly recommend this to every other student who would like to be ´away´ for once and who appreciates nature. No doubt that you will have the time of your life as well!
HOW TO ARRIVE
We offer private Shuttle Service from the Airport in Guayaquil direct to Manta: USD $110.
Students arriving to Ecuador through Guayaquil can also travel on their own from Guayaquil to Manta by bus. There are several bus companies such as Reina del Camino, Coactur, Carlos Alberto Aray. We can provide a free pick-up service at the bus station in Manta. Students need to call before leaving from Guayaquil to Manta (there are many public telephones at the bus station in Guayaquil) in order to arrange the pick-up service.
Cell phone number for arranging pick up service in Manta: 0999 184735.
There are two options to reach Manta from Quito:
By bus: (9 hours, USD $10) we can pick up the students at the bus station in Manta and bring them to the host family/apartment. We suggest taking a bus from "Flota Imbabura" Bus Company, which runs several times a day everyday from Quito to Manta.
The New airport in Quito is 1h30 away from the city and a taxi from the airport to the city will cost USD $35, but there are also public buses and airport buses for less money.
By plane: (30 minutes, ≈ USD $70) we can book a flight ticket for the students from Quito to Manta. If they wish, we can also advance the price of the ticket and they can repay us on the first day of school in Manta. We can pick up the students at the airport in Manta. Our driver will welcome them with a well visible nameplate and will bring them to the host family/apartment without any additional charge.
Airlines flying from Quito to Manta:
Tame www.tame.com.ec (1-3 flight(s) per day – morning, midday, afternoon)
Aerogal www.aerogal.com.ec (one flight per day)
Bus companies (from Quito to Manta):
Reina del Camino (executive service): bus Quito-Manta every hour
Flota Imbabura bus Quito-Manta (runs several times a day)
Panamericana: bus Quito-Manta (runs several times a day)
EMERGENCY PLAN FOR PICKUP SERVICE: In the unlikely incident the student’s pick-up service does not arrive, please call the following back-up cell number (09) 99184-735. The school is quite reliable with the service, but wise travelers always have a backup plan. A school representative will be holding a school sign with the student’s name at the airports in Guayaquil or Manta, or at the bus station in Manta. (If the student arrives and doesn't see anyone from Surpacifico holding a board with the name on, please wait for 20 minutes. The airports in Guayaquil and Manta, and the bus station in Manta are very small and therefore it should be easy for the student to see if someone is looking for them).