Camp Ecuador Amazon 2 Weeks

Make the mighty Amazon Rainforest your home. Immerse yourself in the traditions and culture of the local community and make a measurable difference to improving their quality of life. Get stuck into project work at local schools, improving infrastructure to ensure a safe and productive learning environment. There’ll be plenty of fun playing and interacting with the local school children too. You’ll also work on initiatives to help retain the local culture and heritage of the fascinating communities you’ll live and work alongside, so that they can benefit from visiting tourists. You’ll also have time to explore Tena and Quito, taking in some of the sights and experiencing the hustle and bustle of life in the Ecuadorian Capital, your 2 weeks in Ecuador will leaving you wanting more of this incredible country.

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Camp Ecuador Amazon 2 Weeks

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The impact you will make

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Reforestation (DonBiki)

As the community develops, they cut down more trees to sell the wood and have spaces for crops. The Shiwa palm (native to the community and especially important as fast-growing contacuro trees grown within this palm) has suffered the most from this deforestation and we aim to replant more of these. As well as reforesting with Shiwa, we will be reforesting with medicinal plants, and aiming to engage the younger generations in learning about these and the other plants that surround them.

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Activities Include

  1. Collecting seedlings
  2. Planting trees
  3. Educating community on importance of protectingrainforest
  4. Learning about indigenous plants
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Water Collection (Chilli Urku)

The community at Camp Chili Urku lies on a ridge which runs through the jungle and therefore doesn’t have much running water. However, there is a perfectly good source of water: rain  (it is the rainforest after all). We are working to build rainwater harvesting tanks with toilets, showers, and a washing area for clothes in each of the houses. We also plan to build a reservoir above the village to provide a central communal supply of water.

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Activities Include

  • Digging holes for septic tanks
  • Constructing washing areas in houses
  • General maintenance
  • Establishing rainwater reservoir
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What people say

Thompson, bailey
The communities were so honoured to have us and I will never forget the children that we spent our mornings with. I never realized how incredible it feels to help others learn until I took... Bailey – Ecuador
elliot, kat
It was my first time traveling which was nerve wracking but as soon as I met my leader, Paola, I felt totally comfortable and excited to start work. Each camp was so unique and every... Kat – Ecuador

Camp DonBiki

One of our newest camps, the incredible Camp DonBiki offers a unique jungle experience. Situated in the heart of the Ecuadorian rainforest, its located next to a wonderful river, so you can be lulled by its peaceful sound as you go to sleep.

You’ll be welcomed by the friendly Shiwakucha community here as they teach you their local customs and knowledge of the rainforest, including the traditional use of medicinal plants. You’ll work alongside them to help protect and restore the indigenous trees and improve the community facilities.

Location: In the community of Shiwakucha, in the Arajuno area of the Pastaza province

Accommodation style: Jungle lodge with bunk beds

Power: Two American plug sockets in each room

Phone signal: Very limited

Signature dish: Maito de tilapia or Maito de pollo – Fish or chicken cooked inside a banana leaf with palmito (roots of a type of palm) and yuca (root veg) and rice.

Social area: The end of each cabin has a chill out space with cushions and there is a small dining room. Lots of open space in camp to enjoy your jungle surroundings.

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Camp Chilli Urku

Experience true off-grid lifestyle in Camp Chilli Urku. Situated in a remote area of the rainforest, to arrive at the camp you’ll trek for a couple of hours through the jungle – the journey is well worth it. Surrounded by endless green, you will truly feel at one with nature as you fall asleep in your hammock listening to the sounds of the rainforest.

Location: In the community of Shiwakucha, in the Arajuno area of the Pastaza province

Accommodation style: Hammocks in a wooden house up in a hill

Power: There is no power in the camp but we have solar lights charging every morning

Phone signal: Very limited due to the remote location

Signature dish: Maito de tilapia or Maito de pollo – Fish or chicken cooked inside a banana leaf with palmito (roots of a type of palm) and yuca (root veg) and rice.

Social area: Big dining room and open space to enjoy incredible views of the rainforest

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Camp legends

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Jimena

Our Operations Leader and all round volunteering super star in Ecuador. Jimena ensures the smooth running of all our volunteer projects and spend her spare time raising money for The Camps Foundation, our charity.

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Example itinerary

Day 01

Welcome to Ecuador!

You fly into Quito and will be met at the airport by a member of our Camp Ecuador team before being transferred to your accommodation in the city (approx. 1-hour transfer).

Day 02-05

Camp DonBiki

This morning we’ll head straight to the heart of the rainforest to our incredible Camp Donbiki. The camp is located next to a wonderful river, so you can be lulled by its sound when you go to bed. Get ready for the humidity and remember to pack your bug spray and sun cream.

This is our first year in the community so you will be some of the first volunteers to visit here and will be getting involved in establishing new projects.

Day 06-09

Jungle trek to Chilli Urku

Head off on an adventurous trek through the jungle to get to Camp Chili Urku. This community is formed by Kichwa families that have lots of history. This amazing camp offers a real off-grid experience as you spend the next few nights sleeping in hammocks right in the heart of the jungle.

Day 10-13

Back to Camp DonBiki

You will head back to Camp Donbiki to continue with project work.

Day 14

Quito

We’ll head back to Quito for your final day in Ecuador. You have a chance to explore the city, visit the old town on a City Tour and go to the artisanal market to buy handcrafts.

Day 15

Departure day

Your Camp Ecuador adventure ends today! We will say our final goodbyes before transferring you to Quito Airport, a few hours before your departure.

Please note:

This itinerary is for example purposes only and is subject to change.

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What's included

Food
Drinking water
Accommodation
Pre-travel support from dedicated UK team
In-country support from dedicated local team
In-country airport & activity transfers
All project costs & materials
Orientation & language lessons
24-hour emergency support
Camps t-shirt

 

Don’t forget… flights, travel insurance, visas and vaccinations. Please note, you must be over 18 years old at time of departure.

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