Activities

Escape the Classroom!view-of-the-city

Everybody loves field trips! Our Cultural Classes are the favorite of students who want to get to know the city of Quito and the culture of Ecuador while maximizing their time learning Spanish. Over our 20 years of teaching Spanish in Quito, we have developed a large selection of activities to showcase everything that the city has to offer.  During these activities, Vida Verde teachers will be your guide, imparting their knowledge as natives of Ecuador and teaching you Spanish on the fly. Through these cultural classes, you will experience the city through the eyes of a local teacher and leave Quito with an in-depth knowledge of the city; its history, its people, and its unique culture.

What is included:

  • A professional Spanish teacher from Vida Verde as a guide
  • Excursions to the most popular locations in Quito (3 per week, approximately 3-4 hours each day)
  • All entrances to museums and locations
  • All transportation: private or public depending on the excursion

Schedule:

Available Monday through Friday. Most students take regular classes in the morning and leave for the cultural classes in the afternoon around 1:30 pm.

Below is just a taste of what Quito has to offer:

Museums

  • Museo Banco Central del Ecuador (archaeological pieces, gold, pottery)
  • Fundación Guayasamin (an art museum exhibiting the works of the renowned Ecuadorian artist Guayasamin)
  • Casa de La Cultura Ecuatoriana (musical instruments, contemporary art, exhibits of traditional dresses)
  • Museo Casa de Sucre (dedicated to Mariscal Sucre)
  • Museo Mindalae (Museum of Natural Sciences)

Churches

  • Iglesia Basilica (A giant church that overlooks all of Quito)
  • Convento de San Diego (the Convent of San Diego)
  • San Francisco Monastery (one of the oldest churches in the Americas)

Parks

  • Parque Carolina (a good place to watch games of soccer and basketball)
  • Parque Metropolitano (network of hike-and-bike trails, scenic views of neighbouring valley)
  • Parque El Ejido (art & craft market)

Local Markets

  • Mercado Artesanal (products made by Ecuadorian artesans)
  • Santa Clara (fruit and vegetable market with surprises)
  • Mercado Central (Quito’s biggest market)

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