A welcoming blend of colonial European and traditional South American culture

With cities such as Quito and Cuenca that are packed full with influence from Spanish colonialism, the Galapagos Islands far off the Pacific coast, and the remote reaches of the rainforest, there might be too much in Ecuador to see it all. The country is divided by the ridges of the Andes, which on its own has small villages scattered throughout overlooking valleys and lakes. Head to the coast and take a surf lesson in the Pacific, or down the mountains to the east where you can take a guided rainforest tour.

While exploring the cities left behind by Spanish colonialism, you'll immediately notice the European influence, with beautiful plazas and cobblestone infrastructure. Look ahead of you and you'll likely see an impressive church staring back at you, with an old mansion perched on the hill in your peripheral. When you venture out to the smaller villages you can't help the colorful textiles of the local traditions, and you might even stumble upon an ancient Incan ruin.

Ecuador has a range in different dishes, from more standard dishes like rice and chicken or shrimp, to common traditional foods such as llamingachos to options for the more adventurous such as cuy. Head down to the beach for some ceviche, or grab some choclo as you pass a vendor on the street. No matter how much exploration you're looking to do regarding your meals, you'll be able to find something that brings an Ecuadorian flare to your day.

As is common in Latin American cultures, the people hardly need to find a reason to have a parade or festival, filled with drums, singing, and the most vibrant colors you can imagine. This lively way of life reflects clearly the warm, joyful, passionate, and loving personalities of the Latino population. 

Healthcare in Ecuador

The Healthcare system in Ecuador is public and is administered through the Ministry of Public Health (Ministerio de Salud Publica del Ecuador) which is focused mainly on community health and preventative medicine to those most in need. Facilities are split between general hospitals, specialty hospitals, and community health care centers or day hospitals, though we typically operate only in the private hospitals of Ecuador for the optimum shadowing experience for our Atlantis Fellows.

  • Patients are treated without an appointment and at no cost

  • Ranks 20th most efficient healthcare system, as opposed to 111th in 2000


Locations in Ecuador


Learn more about The Atlantis Fellowship in Ecuador:


Meet Latin America's Regional Director


Ecuador's featured hospital


Program fees:

Program fees for The Atlantis Fellowship in Ecuador start at $2995 and an additional $900 enrollment fee There are various starting dates throughout the summer, from May-August. You can see specific program dates and fees above by looking through the "Locations in Ecuador." 

If accepted, your enrollment fee is $900 USD, due within two weeks of acceptance. This nonrefundable fee reserves your placement and serves as a housing deposit. A separate program fee will be assessed according to the length of your program.  Please note that flights are not included. If you have concerns about financing before applying, please contact our Admissions team at any time.


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