About 110 000 Shuar are living in Ecuador in about 668 villages in the headwaters of the Marañón River.
Did you know, that the Shuar shrunk the heads of their enemies as trophies? So don’t be evil!
Experience a different form to heal ilnesses and get to know a Shaman.
Temperature: hot & humid throughout the year, average annual temperature of 27°C (80.7°F)
Languages: Spanish and Kichwa
Size: With 2,5 million square miles, it represents 54% of the total rainforests left of the planet.
All of our teachers are native speakers and own a university degree in linguistics or literature. Your teacher will travel with you from Quito to our school locations in the Amazon. Many of our teachers are working with us since the day we founded the school back in 1988. They know the jungle very well and are aware of possible risks.
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You will experience daily life in an Indigenous community. They have great knowledge of the plants and animal life in the jungle. But be aware they aren’t official guides. You will learn a lot about their vision on life too!
You will be accommodated in a wood house within the Shuar community, which consists of 7 families.
Three meals per day prepared in the typical Indigenous way of the region. Well that’s different, a lot of roots are used, but it’s absolutely tasty.
Shared Bath: you will have to share your bathroom
Meals: local, traditional, simple but delicious meals
Electricity: only several hours a day
Wifi & mobile phones: phone signal available – no wifi
Not included: personal expenses, food during transit
NOTE: an unavoidable element of any visit to the rainforest is contact with bugs and creepy crawlies and may involve insects inside your room. If this does not sound like something you would like to sign up for then a trip to the rainforest is probably not for you.
The Shuars are very proud of their culture and they are passionate in showing you the traditional survival und lifestyle they are living. These include:
Before you can start your Spanish classes with us you need to get here. But no worries: There are many ways to get to the Ecuadorian capital, Quito.
Students attending Spanish courses in the Shuar Community must first fly to Quito. The Aeropuerto Internacional Mariscal Sucre (UIO) can be reached from many international departure cities.
We recommend our students to take the bus from Quito to the Shuar Community. Several companies offer buses. This trip takes about six to eight hours.
Included: transfer from Quito to Shuar Community by bus
The transport from Quito to the Shuar and back is accompanied by your teacher. No worries!