If you're considering embarking on adventure travel in South America, you might be caught up with planning all the exciting things you're going to see and do. To really make the most of your time out there, consider learning Spanish at the same time - after all, being familiar with the native language can only improve your trip.
Deciding to learn a language abroad is a truly exciting prospect. Indeed, getting to grips with a new tongue is easiest when you're surrounded by native speakers and living in their environment.
And by opting to learn Spanish while travelling in incredible Ecuador, you can combine the development of your skills with a whole host of thrilling adventure opportunities.
Doing so could be the ideal way to spend a sabbatical, giving you the chance to take a trip that goes above and beyond the standard tourist fare, leaving you with incredible memories and brand new - or enhanced - linguistic prowess.
So, what can you expect on this kind of break in Ecuador?
Your language school will be based in the capital city, Quito, which is nestled in the north of the Incan Empire. Offering you four hours of tuition per day from Monday to Friday, you'll be able to choose between morning and afternoon lessons.
Furthermore, you'll benefit from one-to-one teaching from experienced, native speakers, who will help you to tackle any particular areas you may be struggling with.
Of course, the best thing about learning Spanish in this way is that you'll be able to regularly put your skills to practical use during your free time - something that'll allow you to flex your linguistic muscles and really cement what you've learnt, as well as helping you to engage with the locals.
There are several other cultural elements you can familiarise yourself with too, such as by taking classes in Latin American cooking and dance.
But it's certainly won't be a matter of all work and no play. You'll have weekends free to explore Ecuador's stunning terrain, from its vast mountains and jungles teeming with life to its incredible islands awash with remarkable creatures.
Your adventures can see you try to master mountain rapids by white water rafting, while you can go horse riding into the Andes or visit Cotopaxi, the country's largest active volcano.
Machalilla National Park is another awe-inspiring place to explore and spans some 60,000 hectares comprising islands, ocean and forests. Home to a vast variety of wildlife, including many endangered species, the park is sure to stick out in your memory.
Of course, you can also spend some time exploring Quito itself, which is sometimes referred to as Luz de America. The first region in Latin America to break away from Spain, the city is brimming with cultural attractions ideal to visit during your time getting to know this exciting country.
Indeed, there are numerous spots perfect for soaking up some local culture, including theatres, art galleries, cinemas and museums - such as The Museum of the City, which shows Quito's history from 10,000 BC to the present day.
You'll also find cathedrals and churches to peruse, such as the San Francisco Church, which displays a variety of architectural styles.
So, if you're eager to take a break from your career and embark on an exciting adventure, why not consider learning a language during your trip?