Exploring Ecuador: People, Land, and Water from the Amazon to the Galapagos


CFAN 3507

December 26, 2017 - January 15, 2018

Application Deadline:
October 1, 2017

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There is an ancient prophecy of the Indigenous peoples of Ecuador that someday the Eagle and Condor will fly together and awaken the spirit of the land.   Some believe that time has come! Ecuador is the first country to constitutionally recognize the rights of pachamama (mother earth) “…to exist, persist, maintain and regenerate…”  

This program takes you all around Ecuador to experience the richness in the people, biodiversity and natural resources. Come explore how agriculture, lumber harvesting and mining (just like in Minnesota) are impacting Ecuador’s peoples, lands and waters. Explore the abundant water, flora and fauna of the majestic mountains, rich valley farmlands, and lush tropical forests. You will explore sustainability and restoration projects throughout Ecuador’s mainland and the Galapagos Islands. This interdisciplinary course offer students of all disciplines an opportunity to explore water resource management and indigenous (Quichua) culture – a great opportunity for scientifically and culturally oriented students to interact with each other and the people of Ecuador.


CFAN 3507 - 3.0 credits

*Fulfills the Global Perspective and Environment liberal education requirements.

*For more detailed information, see the program syllabus.


Students interested in indigenous cultures, climate change, conservation and natural resources, sustainability




Mark Bellcourt works in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and is an academic advisor for CFANS and CEHD. His interests include indigenous cultures, environmental issues and land use.