Program Description

DATE: July 24th – August 7th


COST: $4999




Encore Lacrosse has traveled all over the globe with the mission of expanding the game since 2010. Its international goals are to promote the game of lacrosse, help make it a permanent fixture within the cultural fabric of the areas visited and grow our lifestyle clothing brand. Previous trips to Japan, Colombia, Uganda and Germany have all resulted in a sustained relationship where the missions of both parties continue to be met and upheld.


Our travels down to Ecuador will have a major focus on men’s lacrosse training, with professional lacrosse players’ and coaches’ sessions each morning to start our day. This is what makes the Encore experience unique: we meet the needs of our lacrosse players who are serious about getting better every day on the field.


After our training sessions are done each day, we will be in the hands of the Asociacion Ecuatoriana de Lacrosse run by Juan Marquez de la Plata. Juan was instrumental in starting lacrosse in Mexico and has been coaching high school lacrosse in the Northern California for twenty+ years. Our community service efforts will be met here with a long lasting effect! Our mission is to visit schools and universities in Guayaquil and introducing the game to as many as possible. Following the Federation of International Lacrosse guidelines, Encore will be hosting the first ever lacrosse match in Guayaquil. The sustainability of our efforts will come to fruition by working to find a permanent director of lacrosse operation on the ground in Ecuador. This director of lacrosse will be supported by Encore, fundraising initiatives and the FIL. More information on Asociacion Ecuatoriana de Lacrosse can be found by clicking here.


In between training and community service, the adventure will start with eating local cuisine, sightseeing, and immersing ourselves fully in Ecuadorian culture.  Visiting the Galapagos Islands will be a once in a lifetime experience and a highlight of the trip.  From start to finish, this trip will be the best to date, and that is why we are only choosing applicants that are serious about their lacrosse development, open to learning from new and different cultures and have a keen urge to give back.







Trip Leaders

Day by Day Itinerary

Dates: July 24th – August 7th, 2017

Day 1 — Orientation in Miami, FL (July 25th)
Day 2 — Arrive Guayaquil, Ecuador
Day 3 — Lacrosse Training & Guayaquil City Tour
Day 4 — Lacrosse Training, Visit Local School & Visit Local Business
Day 5 — Lacrosse Training & Exibition Game
Day 6 — Travel to Galapagos
Day 7 — Galapagos
Day 8 — Galapagos
Day 9 — Galapagos
Day 10 — Travel back to Guayaquil & Lacrosse Training
Day 11 — Travel to Salinas, Lacrosse Training, Local Salinas Market & Salinas Siglo XXI Museum
Day 12 — La Chocolatera & Salinas Beach Lacrosse
Day 13 — Travel to Guayaquil
Day 14 — Fly Home


Ecuador Cultural Lacrosse Immersion 2017

Guayaquil, Ecuador

Guayaquil is a port city in Ecuador, known as a gateway to Pacific beaches and the Galapagos Islands. Stretching along the Guayas River is the waterfront Simón Bolívar promenade, home to La Rotonda monument. In the north, Las Peñas is a neighborhood full of colorful houses. Stairs lined with cafes and art galleries lead up Santa Ana Hill, site of Santa Ana chapel, a lighthouse and views of the city.

After our morning lacrosse training, we will journey into the city Guayaquil and see sights such as El Malecón 2000, Escalinatas del Cerro de Santa Ana, Artisans Market and more. 

Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

The Galápagos Islands is a volcanic archipelago in the Pacific Ocean. It’s considered one of the world’s foremost destinations for wildlife-viewing. A province of Ecuador, it lies about 1,000km off its coast. Its isolated terrain shelters a diversity of plant and animal species, many found nowhere else. Charles Darwin visited in 1835, and his observation of Galápagos’ species later inspired his theory of evolution.

We will visit the Charles Darwin Research Station which is home to giant tortoises.  We will explore the islands and see all the diverse wild life such as Blue-footed boobies, Lava Lizzards, Marine iguana’s and Galapagos finches.

Salinas, Ecuador

Salinas is a coastal town on the western tip of Ecuador’s Santa Elena province. It’s known for its popular beaches, like San Lorenzo and Chipipe, which are both hugged by the palm-lined Malecón promenade. Near the promenade El Museo de Ballenas features whales, dolphins and sea lions. Migratory humpback whales pass the rocky point of La Chocolatera, which offers panoramic views over the Pacific Ocean.

We will visit La Chocolatera. which is the most salient point of South America in the Pacific.  You might even see a humpback whale pass by.

Downtown Tour of Salinas.   We will walk the Malecon Promenade and take in local culture of this small coastal fishing town. Visit the Museo de Ballenas.

Salinas Beach.  Time to play beach lacrosse!

Encore Lacrosse International participants must adhere to a strong code of conduct in order to represent themselves, their family, Encore, the sport of lacrosse, and also our country in the most respectful and responsible way.  Below is a basic set of standards that all international ambassadors and participants adhere to when traveling with Encore.  Any violation of these standards will compromise the safety and quality of experience for the rest of the group, and offenders will be sent home without refund.

  1. Follow and abide by all local, state, and national laws.
  2. Students must remain with the group & adult leaders at all times throughout the trip
  3. No visits with from those outside of the group during the trip
  4. No alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs allowed at any point throughout the trip
  5. No sexual activity of any kind throughout the trip
  6. No use of sexist, racist, homophobic, or culturally insensitive language


1.  How long is the trip to Ecuador?


12 Days (2 Days Reserved for Travel to and from the United States to Ecuador)

 2.     How much will the trip cost?


$4999 – All inclusive.  Includes round trip flight from Miami to Guayaquil.  Accommodations, food and beverage, all ground transportation, excursions, professional tour guides, pro lacrosse training and instruction.  Trip originates and ends in Miami.  All participants must arrange their own flights to and from Miami.

 3.     Who will be leading the trip to Ecuador? 

John Christmas

Juan Marquez de la Plata

Johnny Rodriguez

4.     What type of insurance policy does Encore have for this program?


International Trip Insurance through Burns & Wilcox. General Liability coverage at $2 million general aggregate and $1 million per each occurrence. Auto liability at $ 1 million for hired and non-owned autos, and $1 million workers compensation liability.


5.     What is a day in the life of the program like?


We will wake up in a hostel or home stay and have a traditional Ecuadorian breakfast followed by an introduction to the day! Our plan is to help spread our combined love of lacrosse to the Ecuadorian people through coaching, training, and scrimmages. We will also host an exposition of lacrosse for the local people of Ecuador. After a full day of community service oriented lacrosse play, we will explore the area, and enjoy cultural activities. 


6.     What is the itinerary of the trip and packing list?


See trip itinerary tab.


  • The temperature on your trip will vary significantly as you travel throughout the Andean
  • Highlands, Amazon jungle, coast, or Galapagos Islands, so you should plan on bringing clothes
  • that work well as layers. Dress on your trip is functional and casual. Women might want to
  • bring one dress and a pair of dressier sandals. Your clothing should be somewhat conservative in respect of Ecuador’s traditional culture.


  • If you like to hand-wash your clothes, we recommend quick-drying fabrics that will dry
  • overnight. Some of your inns and lodges may offer laundry service with a 12 to 24-hour turnaround time.

Baggage Restrictions

  • The weight limit for checked luggage on most internal flights is currently 20 kilos (44 pounds)
  • per person. If you are over that limit, you’ll likely need to pay a surcharge.
  • Footwear
  • While these countries offer abundant opportunities for hiking, trails can be muddy or covered
  • with loose gravel. City streets are often built with cobblestones. Please take appropriate,
  • broken-in footwear.
  • Snorkeling Gear
  • Some Galapagos boats provide wetsuits and snorkeling gear to participants; please check with
  • us. If you are on a land-based trip, you have the option of renting snorkeling equipment. With
  • that said, many people choose to bring their own snorkel and mask to ensure a proper fit.

Packing Checklist

  • Luggage
  • Daypack or small backpack – large enough for a water bottle, camera gear, sunscreen, etc.
  • Large duffel bag or suitcase with wheels – all of your clothing must fit into one piece of
  • luggage.
  • Small TSA approved padlocks for your duffel or suitcase
  • Clothing
  • Socks, thicker running socks are best
  • Underwear
  • Short-sleeved shirts, T-shirts or polo shirts – we recommend shirts made of lightweight
  • capilene or other quick-drying fabrics (no more than one per day)
  • Long-sleeved synthetic T-shirts (one or two to wear over short-sleeved shirts)
  • Convertible pants that zip off into shorts – lightweight and quick drying (one or two pairs)
  • Blue jeans or other cotton pants for city excursions (one or two pairs)
  • Shorts
  • Fleece jacket (Polartec® 200) or equivalent
  • Waterproof wind and rain layer such as a Gore-Tex shell
  • Wide-brimmed hat
  • Bathing suit
  • Pajamas or nightclothes, warm for the highlands
  • Footwear
  • Comfortable sneakers, walking shoes, or trail running shoes
  • Water Sandals like Tevas or Chacos that attach to your feet with straps (for the Galapagos)


  • Travel documents such as your passport, airline tickets, money, credit cards
  • Copies of your essential documents (passport, airline tickets, etc.)
  • Sunglasses with 100% UV screening and retainer straps
  • Toilet paper – sometimes not provided in public restrooms (1 roll per person)
  • Sun block (waterproof)
  • Sun-blocking lip salve
  • Insect repellent with DEET
  • Toiletries (toothbrush and paste, biodegradable soap and shampoo, hair conditioner,
  • moisturizing lotion, small packets of tissues, Wash’n’Dries, shaving gear, etc.)
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Money belt or neck pouch – we highly recommend using the type that can be concealed
  • under your clothes
  • Assortment of stuff sacks and plastic bags (for keeping gear dry and sorted)
  • For eyeglass wearers: eyeglass straps, spare eyeglasses, and spare prescription
  • sunglasses (or clip-ons)
  • Binoculars – magnification of 8 or 10 and a lens diameter of 42 to 45 is sufficient (8×45
  • Binoculars are great for amateur wildlife viewers
  • Tall knee-high socks to wear with rubber boots (rubber boots will be provided for you)
  • Flashlight (head lamp models are convenient) and extra batteries
  • Birds of Ecuador book (optional)
  • First Aid Kit (1 per party)
  • Over-the-counter pain reliever (aspirin, Tylenol, Ibuprofen, etc.)
  • Antibiotic ointment such as Neosporin for scrapes; Bacitracin for rashes
  • Antibiotic for gastrointestinal infections (See your physician)
  • Antihistamine (Benadryl, etc.)
  • Motion sickness medication (Dramamine, Bonine, Antivert, etc.)
  • Cold medication (VicksNyQuil, Tylenol Cold Complete Formula, etc.)
  • Antacids (Alka-Seltzer, Alka-2 Gelusil, etc.)
  • A mild laxative or dried fruit
  • Antidiarrheals (Pepto Bismol, Imodium, etc.)
  • Band Aids
  • Hydrocortisone for bug bites
  • Moleskin or other materials to alleviate blisters
  • Tampons and/or sanitary napkins
  • An ample supply of any prescription medications
  • Scissors and tweezers

Optional Items

  • Photo gear (Camera, batteries, memory cards, lens cleaner, Ziploc or other protective bag
  • to keep equipment safe and dry)
  • Binoculars
  • Video camera
  • Wetsuit for Galapagos, especially for the dry season
  • Snorkeling gear for Galapagos
  • Pack Towel (small, synthetic towel for back-up)
  • Pocketknife (a Swiss army type is ideal) – be sure to put it in your checked luggage
  • Travel watch/alarm clock
  • Sewing kit (needle, thread, spare buttons, safety pins) Be sure to put it in your checked


  • Reading material
  • Pen and note pad or journal
  • Deck of playing cards or other small games for downtime

7.     Can I bring electronic devices on the trip?


Yes, you are allowed to bring electronic devices on the trip, but we would advise to keep these items securely locked where we are staying. Please use these devices in safe, designated areas per your trip leaders’ request.

8.     What is the packing list for this trip?

See packing list under the itinerary tab.


9.     Will I need a passport or visa for this trip?


Yes, you will need to obtain a passport prior to this trip. We recommend you obtain your passport six months prior to the trip. Please note: you will not be required to have a visa to travel to Ecuador.

10.  Will I be able to call home?


Yes, you will be able to call and email home throughout the trip when needed.

11.  Do I need to bring spending money for the trip?


It is not necessary to bring money on the trip for food and accommodations as this is included in the trip fee, but we do recommend that you bring cash (Ecuador uses US Dollars) in case of an emergency or in the case that you want to buy local souvenirs.



12.  What kind of health precautions do I need to take before traveling to Ecuador?


You should visit your doctor within six months prior to the trip to obtain a physical and receive a signed doctor’s note that gives you permission to travel. Please submit this document [insert due date, and location to send to]. You should be physically able to carry your luggage, and be able to train at high altitudes.

13.  What if I get sick on the trip?


We will be able to take you to a clinic or local hospital that we have identified near each location of accommodation. Please note that any medical fees incurred during the trip will be the responsibility of the student upon return to the United States.

14.  How will we get around in country?


We will have a professional driver and tour guirde, and will be taking a coach bus everywhere we travel through Ecuador.

15.  What if I am a vegetarian or have dietary restrictions?


Please alert us in advance of any dietary restrictions, and your needs will be accommodated through our in-country outfitters.

16.  Will I be able to do laundry on the trip?


Yes. You will be able to do laundry at least once throughout the trip at our hostel or homestay.

17.  Do I need to speak Spanish to go on this trip?


No, but we hope you will be able to pick up on a few new Spanish words during the trip!


19. Can I drink non-bottled water in Ecuador?


No. Bottled water only.


20. What happens if I lose my passport?


We will have to help assist you obtain a temporary passport from the U.S. Embassy at the student’s expense.





– Airfare to Miami for trip orientation and departure location

– Airfare from Miami to home destination

– Bottled water, sodas, and additional beverages

– Extra meals and expenses en route

– Laundry, phone and other items of a personal nature

– Cost of hospitalization and evacuation if necessary

– Fees for passport, visas, immunizations, and travel insurance, if applicable