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Student Expeditions


Please visit our Student Expeditions website for more information and to bring your global classroom to life!

Andean Discovery co-owner, Damon Corkin, traveled through the Andes and Amazon of Ecuador on a high school trip when he was 15, a life-changing experience to say the least. He was inspired to major in Spanish in college and explore and live in Spanish speaking countries. Years later, he moved to Ecuador and founded Andean Discovery, dedicated to promoting experiential learning through educational journeys like the one that had such an impact on his life.

For over 10 years, Damon and his Ecuadorian wife and co-owner, Angela, have worked with teachers and schools to design authentic trips that allow students to immerse themselves in local cultures and explore one of the most biologically diverse regions on the planet. Whether you are learning about ancient civilizations in Peru, pondering salt-snorting iguanas in the Galapagos, or making improvements to a rural school in Ecuador, Andean Discovery will be with you every step of the way. Expert guides and staff meticulously coordinate all aspects of your trip to ensure a safe and unforgettable adventure.

Our Student Expeditions are customized to meet your travel schedule, budget requirements, and interests. We often include service projects and other hands-on activities with local communities, in addition to exploring the main sites and attractions. We understand the needs of school groups and are passionate about working with you to take students beyond the classroom.
Traveling to the Galapagos Islands and Machu Picchu was a dream vacation for my wife. After much research we booked our trip through Andean Discovery. We are so glad we did. Everything went smoothly and our personal guides in Ecuador and Peru were wonderful. I would highly recommend Andean Discovery to anyone thinking of taking a similar trip.
Arnold Miniman
Arnold Miniman
15:29 14 Dec 18
Thanks to Andean our vacation was a wonderful experience for our entire family of 15 (8 adults and 7 grand kids aged 16 to 9).. The planning for the trip to the Galapagos was well researched; the hotels, guides and itinerary were spot on. They answered our many questions before we departed and there NO disappointments during the vacation. It was the most memorable trip our family has taken.
Mary Ann Fuller
Mary Ann Fuller
18:00 22 Jan 19
Our trip was fantastic and Micaela with Andean Discovery was great! Every detail was taken care of ahead of time. We just showed up and enjoyed the beauty of South America. I would use them again in a heartbeat.
marc abrams
marc abrams
23:33 23 Nov 18
We traveled with our family of 3 people. Andean did a wonderful job helping us select an itinerary that was able to accommodate our various ages. We had no glitches in a fairly complicated itinerary and everything came off as planned. Our local guide in Quito Johanna was terrific. I can't recommend Sacha Lodge more highly. Our experience in Galapagos on the Coral 1 was magical. While the crew of the Coral 1 could have been more charming and smiled on occasion they were helpful, the food was very good and the rooms were kept clean. I have no reservations in recommending Andean Discovery for your South American Holiday
Victor Elinoff
Victor Elinoff
23:26 07 Jan 19
Damon put together the perfect itinerary for our group of 7 - including grandparents. His knowledge of the region is superb, which is why he is able to create the ultimate trip for your family. From whitewater rafting in Peru to zip-lining in Ecuador, we truly had the trip of a lifetime! I wouldn't go with anyone else!
Carolyn Malloy
Carolyn Malloy
12:40 31 Jan 19
My family toured the Galapagos Islands and Machu Picchu in Peru with Andean Discovery guides and reservations. We had a fabulous adventure! I recommend highly that "superior lodging" be chosen as an option for the best possible room accommodations. The marvelous comfort of the fine hotels Andean booked for us made all the difference.
Kathryn Fulhorst
Kathryn Fulhorst
21:36 08 Jan 19