Welcome to Ecuador, your door into South America. Ecuador is a place of diverse landscapes like golden beaches, lush Amazonian rainforests and the majestic Andes Mountains. This is a land filled with history, both Mayan and European, and volcanic mystery. Ecuador is literally the center of the world with Quito, the capital city, as her crown jewel. Get ready for a journey filled with adventure, vast cultural exploration and spiritual heritage.
Ecuador is a delightful introduction to the wonders of South America. We base out of Quito, which gives us access to the Amazonian rainforests, mountain villages and the historic center of Quito, a Unesco World Heritage Site. We work with many local churches on projects designed to bless and experience cultural exchange through mission work. Ecuador is calling you to pilgrimage. Do you hear her? Register today for your Mission Trip or Pilgrimage to Ecuador!
- Join for worship in a local village church very different than what you know.
- Visit 17th century monasteries and churches.
- Climb a volcano while contemplating God’s creation.
- Take a bike trip down a volcano.
- Stand in the Middle of the World.
- Stay in a jungle hostel and visit local indigenous villages.
- Take on a building project in a local school.
- Go to an indigenous church in the countryside to serve.
- Bring hope at a nearby orphanage.
Every Wonder Voyage itinerary (mission trip and/or pilgrimage) is personalized
to the desires, direction and personality of each group. This itinerary is only a
description of the kind of journey we can create for your unique team.
Day 1 – A Whole New Continent
You have embarked on an exciting journey to a whole new continent. Our small team has arrived in Ecuador! High in the Andes, amid mist-topped peaks sits the beautiful city of Quito, the world’s second highest capital and our home for the next eight days. We are in a world very different than our own and we will soon discover a lifetime of memories. Welcome to your pilgrimage.
Day 2 – Old Quito
We begin our exploration in Quito’s Old Town. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Old Town will help us take in the Spanish, Moorish and indigenous influences of the region. We will take in the marvels of the narrow streets, unique architecture and lively plazas like the Plaza Grande. We will visit La Merced, where the devil supposedly dwells. Then we’re off to the God’s house, la Basilica del Voto Nacional, and we may just climb the towers, if you have the guts. We’ll also make sure you have some free time to explore.
Day 3 – To Serve is to Learn
Today is a day of special mission. It has been said that if you really want to learn about a people you must serve them. Our focus for this portion of the voyage is to give a day of service to the people in a small village outside of Quito. You will learn about life in Ecuador, meet lots of locals and serve in a unique way. During the afternoon we will join a local worship service that will be very different than what we are used to.
Day 4 – Muchoquito
We head back into Quito for another day of discovery. We’ll visit places like El Panecillo, the giant statue of the Madonna and the only one in the world with wings. We can’t miss La Compania de Jesus, Quito’s most extravagant church built in 1605. Then there is the 17th century Monastery of San Diego. In the afternoon, we’ll take a trip to the market where you will shop for authentic food and cook the evening meal.
Day 5 – Vista Panorámica
Time for a bird’s-eye view of Quito. We start today’s journey on a skytram (the TeleferiQo) up the side of Volcan Pichuncha to the top of Cruz Loma. If we have a clear day we’ll take the 3-hour hike to the summit of Rucu Pichuncha. Mountain air, natural beauty and Andes glory await us today.
Day 6 – La Mitad del Mundo
We leave Quito today and head for a zip-line adventure in the jungle. This will give us an entirely different environment to explore. Then we’re off to “The Middle of the World” where we will step foot on the equatorial line. Not far from La Mitad del Mundo is the Templo del Sol, a recreation of an operational Incan temple.
Day 7 – Sabbath
We will being our Sabbath by joining an Anglican congregation for a morning Eucharist. Then the afternoon is yours to explore and shop Old Quito, followed by a fiesta in the evening with a celebration of Ecuadorian cuisine and some time to Pass the Candle, rejoicing in the joys of the week.
This has been a week of cross-Continental adventure. We have been focused in work, in prayer, in fellowship, and in cultural immersion. The challenge will be to live our lives at home with the same focus and intentionality. Will we merely be content with the return to our respective comfort zones? Or will we embark upon the journey that involves changing the world as we know it?