Camp Ecuador and Camp Peru 3 Months

One of our most popular programmes, you get to experience the very best that Ecuador and Peru have to offer. The Amazon Rainforest, Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca, the Pacific Coast, The Andes Mountains and plenty of vibrant cities in between. You’ll live and work alongside some of the most amazing communities and gain an understanding of their cultures and traditions. You’ll work on a variety of important projects that make a measurable improvement to their quality of life. Get stuck into work refurbishing primary school facilities. Build greenhouses, plant seeds and saplings, and carry out workshops on healthy eating for the local children.

Trek for a few hours to Cruz del Condor to take in the unbelievable scenery and spot the world’s largest flying bird, the condor, soaring above you. The vibrant bustling cities of Cusco and Arequipa are yours to explore. A visit to the markets to pick up some Peruvian handicrafts is a must, as is sampling some traditional Pisco Sours. The 4 day trek to Machu Picchu is a once in a lifetime adventure. You’ll trek the Salkantay Trail to the amazing World Heritage Site. There’s also a visit the man made floating islands of Uros, a vibrant community living on islands made purely of reeds. Soak up the laid back vibes of the beachside towns of Montanita and Puerto Lopez on the coast of Ecuador. The town of Banos delivers some serious adrenaline, a giant swing over the Amazon rainforest, white water rafting and zip lining are all up for grabs.

We challenge you to find a more action packed 3 months anywhere. Be part of the culture with Camps, not just an observer of it.

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Camp Ecuador and Camp Peru 3 Months

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The impact you will make

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Schools Improvement (Colca)

The community of Pinchollo sits on the edge of the mighty Colca Canyon at 3,600 metres above sea level. Due to its remoteness and relatively harsh environmental conditions, the community here is very poor. You’ll help by continuing many varied projects to improve the lives of this charming community.

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activities include

  1. Laying foundations
  2. Mixing cement
  3. Plastering, painting and decorating buildings
  4. Planting food crops
02

School Improvement (Titicaca)

The communities surrounding Lake Titicaca remain some of the poorest in Peru. The remoteness and inaccessibility of this region means that there is little or no help available from surrounding regions. You’ll help by continuing to build community facilities and a classroom for the villagers as well as restoring the school greenhouse.

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activities include

  1. Laying foundations
  2. Mixing cement
  3. Plastering, painting and decorating buildings
  4. Landscaping
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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.

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activities include

  1. Seed collection & harvesting
  2. Tree planting
  3. General maintenance
  4. Occasional construction when needed
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Turtle Conservation (Costa)

The waters surrounding Ecuador are home to green, hawksbill and leatherback turtles, all of which are now endangered due to human activity. You’ll support a local village close to an important turtle nesting site by promoting turtle conservation to help safeguard the future for these wonderful animals.

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activities include

  1. Beach patrols & clean ups
  2. Environmental education workshops
  3. Digging foundations
  4. Laying bricks
  5. Plastering, painting and decorating buildings & signs
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What people say

dan
My favourite thing about Camps has to be their enthusiasm to get you stuck in to as many adventures as possible. Dan – Peru
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

Camp Colca

Camp Colca is a wonderful camp set in the heart of a humble and friendly community on the edge of the great Colca Canyon, the world’s second deepest canyon (and only by a couple of metres!).

This very special location is peaceful and offers you a feeling of space and remoteness. The camp’s elevated position (3,600m) offer spectacular views and encompass some big sweeping landscapes, from the surrounding alto plano desert, to Inca terracing and huge jaw-dropping mountain ranges.

The village is very charming, with little adobe buildings everywhere and donkeys strolling along the dirt roads. Camp Colca is sure to transport you to another world making you feel like part of the community in no time.

Location: 200 km (5 hours drive) from Arequipa Airport

Accommodation: Traditional buildings & tents with comfy mattresses & bedding (including thick blankets!). Flushing toilets, cold showers & sinks

Power: Mains electricity. US standard plug / European round 2-pin plug

Phone Signal: No

Meals: Three healthy, well balanced and tasty meals a day e.g. toast & cereal for breakfast; stew with veg for lunch/dinner & fruit

Signature dish: Alpaca en jugo – Alpaca cooked in fruit juice

If you’re feeling brave: Try Sangrecita – a powdered black pudding!

Social: Chill out zone with fireplace

 

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Camp Titicaca

Camp Titicaca arguably offers the most spectacular views of any camp. Located on the shore of lake Titicaca, the world’s highest navigable lake (3,800m above sea level), you’ll be rewarded with gobsmacking views of the lake and surrounding mountains from your accommodation the minute you wake up!

The camp itself is situated in the heart of this small and charming lakeside community where you’ll get the privileged opportunity to spend time with the Aymara people – one of the world’s most ancient civilisations – and learn about their extraordinary way of life.

Location: 380 km (7 hours drive) from Cusco/Arequipa Airport

Accommodation: Brick & adobe buildings with comfy mattresses & bedding. Flushing toilets, warm bucket showers & basins

Power: Mains electricity. US standard plug / European round 2-pin plug

Phone Signal: Yes

Meals: Three healthy, well balanced and tasty meals a day e.g. toast, omelette for breakfast; fish with veg for lunch/dinner & fruit

Signature dish: Chicharron de trucha – Lake trout, battered & fried

If you’re feeling brave: Try algae from the lake!

Social: Chill out spaces with wood burning stove, camp fire, volleyball court, lake beach

 

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Camp Amazonia

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

 

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Camp Costa

Camp Costa is a wonderful camp set within a sleepy fishing village along the Ecuadorian coast. Only a short walk away (300m) you’ll find a quiet golden sand beach overlooking the warm and sunny Pacific Ocean. Here you can kick back, look out to sea and you may be lucky enough to spot dolphins, sea lions and even humpback whales cruising past.

The camp is located within the village where the locals are so friendly and welcoming that it will become your home away from home in no time. The football pitch is next door so you can challenge some of the locals to a friendly game after a hard day’s project work.

Location: 160 km (4 hours drive) from Guayaquil International Airport

Accommodation: Traditional buildings & tents with comfy mattresses & bedding. Flushing toilets & long drops, cold showers & sinks

Power: Mains electricity. US standard plug.

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: Ecuadorian ceviche, breaded prawns & patacones (fried plantain)

If you’re feeling brave: Try live lemon ants or chontacuro grubs!

Social: Open sided chill out space with hammocks, volleyball court & football pitch. Bamboo gazebo and fire pit on the beach

 

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Camp legends

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Local camps crew

Percy

One of our awesome Camp Leaders in Peru, Percy will have you raring to get stuck into project work and encourage you to push yourself out of your comfort zone. He’s a  great character to have around, always making people smile. You’ll certainly be sad to say your goodbyes!

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Local camps crew

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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Day to day - Sample itinerary

Day 01

Welcome to Ecuador!

Welcome to Ecuador, you fly into Guayaquil and will be met at the airport by a member of our Camp Ecuador team before being transferred to your accommodation in the city.

Day 02

Hi Camp Costa

We travel down the coast to our wonderful Camp Costa. You will meet our legendary camp staff and they will show you around the neighbouring community and the projects.

Day 03-05

Project work begins

Project work begins. We are working closely with the local primary and high school on a number of initiatives to improve infrastructure and provide safe and productive learning environments for local children. You will also have the opportunity to teach English.

Day 06-07

Chill out weekend

Visit the chilled out beach town of Puerto Lopez. From here, you can book a boat tour of Isla del Plata where you can see turtles, albatross and even whales if you’re lucky.

Day 08-13

Project work

Back to projects at Camp Costa.

Day 14-15

Montanita

Today we head to the lively coastal town of Montanita, home to lots of great bars and restaurants and beautiful long sandy beach.

Day 16-18

Project work

Final days of project work at camp costa.

Day 19

Road trip to Quito

We break up the long journey staying in the small surf town of Canoa for the night.

Day 20

Road trip to Quito

We continue our Quito road trip. Once we arrive, you have some time to look around the bustling capital before your overnight stay in a hostel.

Day 21

Welcome to Camp Amazonia

Today we make our way to the mighty Amazon Rainforest and our incredible Camp Amazonia.

Day 22-39

Project work

Projects here are varied but largely focus around the local primary school. Our volunteers have been building a community house to create a positive communal hub within the village. We have also established an ethno botanical garden to promote both reforestation in the area and income generation for the community.

Day 40-41

Chill out in Banos

Visiting the vibrant nearby town of Baños.. It boasts some amazing walking routes, waterfalls, zip lining, canyoning, rafting, great bars and restaurants.

Day 42-43

Explore Quito

We head back to Quito and the next two days are free for you to explore.

Day 44

Goodbye Ecuador

You fly from Quito to Peru today, arriving into the beautiful city of Arequipa. You will be met by a member of our Camp Peru team and taken to your accommodation in the city.

Day 45

Hello Peru

Chill day exploring Arequipa.

Day 46

Road trip to Camp Colca

We head to the picturesque Camp Colca. At points, the road reaches an incredible 4900 metres in altitude and the views are amazing.

Day 47-50

Project work

Our project work here also focuses on improving infrastructure at local schools. In addition, you will be working in collaboration with the wider community on a number of micro finance initiatives designed to promote sustainable livelihoods.

Day 51

Cruz del Condor

3-4 hour Trek to Cruz del Condor to view the magnificent condor bird (the largest flying bird in the world). The viewpoint over the canyon is truly breathtaking.

Day 52-5

Project work

Back to projects at Camp Colca.

Day 56-58

Explore Arequipa

Transfer back to Arequipa, time for shopping and exploring.

Day 59-64

Camp Titicaca

Transfer to our stunning Camp Titicaca. We are working on a number of community initiatives at Camp Titicaca including primary school development, a greenhouse initiative to promote nutrition and food security and ICT lessons for school children and other members of the community.

Day 65

Uros Islands

Boat trip day taking in the amazing man made Uros floating reed islands and lunch on Taquille.

Day 66-76

Project work

Back to projects at Lake Titicaca.

Day 77-78

Explore Cusco

We head to the beautiful city of Cusco, explore this bustling and vibrant city. The next day will be spent getting ready for Machu Picchu! We will deliver a briefing to let you know exactly what to expect from the next five days.

Day 79-83

Machu Picchu trek

Tick off that bucket list.

Day 84

Farewell meal

Head back to Cusco for a farewell meal with your crew.

Day 85

Departure day

We will say our final goodbyes before transferring you to Cusco Airport, a few hours before your departure.

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Top up your trip

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What's included

Food
Accommodation
Pre-travel support from dedicated UK team
In-country support from dedicated local team
In-country airport & activity transfers
All project costs & materials
Internal flight between Ecuador and Peru
Machu Picchu trek
Cruz del Condor trek
24-hour emergency support
Orientation & language lessons
Camps t-shirt
Drinking water

 

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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