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Baños, Ecuador

Amazonia Cloud Forest Biogeography

Winter 2018

This is a course for students traveling to Ecuador as part of a program to document the land, people, and cultures of this Latin America nation. Students will have the opportunity to explore Ecuador using a variety of themes: cultural, geographical, natural, and sustainable. Prerequisite: BIOL 1040 or higher or ENVS 1100.

GEOG 3010—Amazonia Cloud Forest Biogeography (3 credits)
See CourseWizard for course syllabus.
Instructor: Barry Barker, Ed.D., Associate Professor
Contact Information: | (954) 262-8303 | Parker Building, Room 362

If you choose to enroll in the course, please follow these directions:

  • Complete the application and the applicable Release of Liability form.
  • Make three copies of the following: the information page of your passport, the completed application, and the completed Release of Liability form.
    • Submit one copy to the instructor (Barry Barker, Ed.D.).
    • Submit one copy to the Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography with your deposit.
    • Keep one copy for your records.
  • Register for the class with your academic advisor during open registration.
  • Submit final payment to the Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography.

Required Documents

Travel Study Application
Release of Liability Form
Pre-Trip Information and Hazards
Ecuador Assessment Information Sheet 
Passport (valid for at least 6 months following the end of the trip)add
Proof of Travel Insurance (must be NSU’s policy at the $2,000,000 coverage level)


Day 1
Meet at Miami Airport
Upon arrival in Quito, Ecuador at 9:40 p.m., transfer to Airport Hotel

Day 2
Transfer to San Martin Zoological Gardens in Baños
3–4 hour trip through Valley of Volcanoes, traveling over Andes Mountains to cloud forest city of Baños

Day 3
Class Day
Session 1: Orientation

Day 4
Photo Census course
Session 2: Wildlife/Nature Photography
Session 3: Biogeography of the Amazonia Cloud Forest
Baños Market
Data collection and field analysis

Day 5

Photo Census course
Session 4: Geology and Geomorphology
Trip to Tungurahua Volcano
Data collection and field analysis

Day 6

Photo Census course
Trip to Puyo, plant biodiversity

Day 7
Fly from aiport in Quito back to Miami
Arrive at around 11:30 p.m.

Included Services

  • Lodging
  • Breakfasts and dinners
  • Transportation to and from the airport in ecuador
  • Transportation for coursework trips in baños
  • Airfare
  • Entrance fees

Not Included

  • Travel insurance, including trip cancellation, trip interruption, medical, and emergency evacuation and repatriation (required)
  • Lunches
  • Gratuities
  • Personal items, incidentals

Travel study trips often require strenuous activity that may be difficult for some students. In many destinations, special accommodations are not available. If you may require special accommodations to participate in a travel study trip, please speak with the respective faculty member to determine whether or not you should enroll in this class.

For more Travel Study opportunities please visit the Office of International Affair's website.

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