Camp Ecuador Andes & Amazon 1 Month
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. Explore vibrant Banos, home to an amazing giant swing, zip lining, rafting and lots of great bars and restaurants. Hit the craft market in Otavalo (the largest in South America) for some bartering and to soak in the buzz. Your 1 month in Ecuador will leaving you wanting more of this incredible country.
The impact you will make
Ethnobotanical Garden (Amazonia)
The Amazon rainforest is one of the most important regions in the world and is home to more than 1000 animal species. However, it’s also one of the most threatened. You’ll help by establishing and maintaining an ethnobotanical garden and tree nursery for the community that can be used for reforestation and preserving cultural medicinal knowledge.
- Seed collection & harvesting
- Tree planting
- General maintenance
- Occasional construction when needed
School Kitchen Improvement (Kuri Kucho)
Currently the community school provides lunch for all the children and the food is cooked and prepared in a classroom which is totally unsuitable and poses a real fire hazard. You will help by continuing the alterations on this building to provide the school with a safe and hygienic kitchen.
- Mixing cement
- Plastering, painting and decorating buildings
- Learn about bio-construction
- Make your own building materials
What people say
What better place to spend time than in the world’s greatest and most biodiverse rainforest! The journey before you even reach camp is a must-see, as you drive from the Andes (2800m) down to the rainforest (400m) through landscapes of global significance and unparalleled beauty.
Staying at Camp Amazonia is a very special experience as you actually get the chance to live inside the Ecuadorian Amazon. The camp is set beside a small river and is surrounded on all sides by lush jungle teaming with some incredible wildlife that you won’t see anywhere else. You’ll also spend time with the locals and learn more about their fascinating way of life. This really is a true adventurers paradise!
Location: 210 km (6 hours drive) from Quito International Airport
Accommodation: Traditional wooden buildings & tents with comfy mattresses & bedding. Flushing toilets, cold showers & sinks
Power: Generator (between 06:00 – 10:00 & 16:00 – 20:00)
Phone Signal: No
Meals: Three healthy, well balanced and tasty meals a day e.g. toast, cereal, and fruit for breakfast; fish with veg for lunch/dinner & fruit
Signature dish: BBQ Tilapia wrapped in banana leaf. Palm, yucca & banana flower salad
If you’re feeling brave: Try live lemon ants or chontacuro grubs!
Social: Open sided chill out space with hammocks
Camp Kuri Kucho
Kuri Kucho is our highest altitude camp in Ecuador, sitting 3,300 metres above sea level. Its elevated hillside position offers you the most jaw-dropping views of the dramatic highland surroundings. The views across the valley to the glaciated Cayambe (5,790m) are not to be missed and on a clear day you may also catch a glimpse of Antisana (5703m) in the distance.
The camp itself is situated in the heart of this widespread community and it’s not uncommon to see children passing by the camp on horseback on the way to school. Accommodation is made out of ecological materials where possible, making this a very unique and environmentally friendly camp full of rustic charm.
You are also only 40 minutes drive from Otavalo, Ecuador’s most famous indigenous market where you can grab all sorts of handicraft bargains.
Location: 75 km (2 hours drive) from Quito International Airport
Accommodation: Eco houses & tents with comfy mattresses & bedding. Modern toilets, showers & sinks
Power: Mains electricity only in social area. US standard plug
Phone Signal: No
Meals: Three healthy, well balanced and tasty meals a day e.g. toast, sausage and omelette for breakfast; pasta, chicken stew/curry with veg for lunch/dinner & fruit
Signature dish: Chicken & veg
If you’re feeling brave: Try guinea pig!
Social: Camp fire, volleyball pitch, Otavalo visit
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.
Day to day - Sample itinerary
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). You first day will be spent in the town of Tena and you have some free time to explore.
Today we will make our way to the mighty Camp Amazonia! Get ready for the humidity and remember to pack your bug spray and sunscreen. The journey is generally between 4-5 hours and we recommend a good ipod playlist to accompany the beautiful journey views.
Project work begins! Projects here are varied but largely focus around the local primary school. You will work with us on a number of initiatives to improve infrastructure and provide safe and productive learning environments for local children.
Chill out in Banos
You will spend the next couple of days visiting the nearby town of Baños. This vibrant town is a popular stop for backpackers. It boasts some amazing walking routes, waterfalls, zip lining, canyoning, rafting, great bars and wonderful restaurants.
Today we head back to Quito and you have a free afternoon and evening to spend there.
Camp Kuri Kucho
We head to the stunning Camp Kuri Kucho today! This camp has a beautifully picturesque setting, with glaciered mountains on the horizon and a wonderful neighbouring community. Your time here provides you with a unique insight into the day-to-day lives of a rural Andean community and projects are designed to help retain the culture and heritage of these fascinating people.
Today we will visit the charming market town of Otavalo, home to the biggest craft market in South America. Have some fun bartering for artisanal goods and enjoy the buzzing atmosphere in the town.
Back to projects at Camp Kuri Kuchu.
We head back to Quito for your final night. You have time for some last minute shopping and a final celebratory meal before your departure in the morning.
Your Camp Ecuador adventure ends today! We will say our final goodbyes before transferring you to Quito Airport, a few hours before your departure.
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