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.

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.

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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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
02

School Improvement (Esmeraldas)

The school in the Chura community consists of just 3 classrooms to serve primary and secondary students. Our work here is mainly focused on improving these educational facilities – repairing the classrooms which are beginning to fall apart, constructing a toilet block for the students to use instead of a hole in the ground, building playground equipment and constructing another classroom for the growing number of students.

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Activities Include

  1. Plastering and mixing cement
  2. Painting educational murals
  3. Building playground equipment
  4. Installing flood defences
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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
05

School Feeding Project (Moray)

The community of Kajilarakay is extremely poor with no basic sanitation or sewerage and a lack of adequate drinking water. There is also a shortage of crops leading to malnutrition. You’ll help us by working on the school kitchen and greenhouse to provide a hygienic place to prepare meals and boosting the nutrition of each meal.

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activities include

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

Camp Esmeraldas lies on the shores of the Esmeraldas River, the principal water system of the north. The lush forests of the area are home to many birds including toucans, owls and parrots as well as howler monkeys.

The community of Camp Esmeraldas is predominantly of Afro-Ecuadorian decent and from Manabi province who earn their living from cattle and cacao farming. Our work here focuses on helping improve the infrastructure of the community on both sides of the river; the school is in desperate need of refurbishment and we are also working on a medical centre.

Location: In the village of Chura, closest town Viche, and closest city Quinindé

Accommodation style: Tents in the main camp, and hammocks in Chancama (not every group goes to Chancama)

Power: Three American plug sockets in dining area

Phone signal: None due to remote location. We use a satellite phone to communicate internally.

Signature dish: Encocado de pescado – which is fish from the river cooked in a coconut based sauce which is creamy and delicious.

Social area: Shaded area with lots of cushions and a few hammocks and a chill out zone with more hammocks outside

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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 Moray

Camp Moray is situated on a beautiful high plateau (3,600m) close to the world famous Sacred Valley of the Incas.

This unique wilderness camp gives you a true taste of what it’s like to live in the Andes, with spectacular mountain views across the valley and a real feeling of space and remoteness, allowing you utter peace and a chance to get away from it all.

Location: 50 km (2 hours drive) from Cusco Airport

Accommodation: Tents with comfy mattresses & bedding. Flushing toilets, warm bucket showers & basins

Power: Generator (between 06:00 – 10:00 & 16:00 – 20:00). No power sockets

Phone Signal: No

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

Signature dish: Cuy dorado – guinea pig

If you’re feeling brave: Try the above!

Social: Large social/dining tent, camp fire, volleyball court

 

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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 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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Example 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

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

This weekend you’ll have the chance to explore more of your amazing surroundings. We’ll head up the coast to the small beach town of Puerto Lopez – from here you are able to book a boat tour of Isla de la Plata, home to blue footed boobies, turtles and the Frigate bird.  Depending on the time of year you may also be able to spot whales, or you might just want to relax on the beach and enjoy a few days off. We’ll head back to Camp Costa in the late afternoon giving you some time in the morning to explore the town before we head off.

Day 08-13

Project work

Back to projects at Camp Costa.

Day 14

Canoa

In the morning, you will head to Canoa, a relaxed undeveloped fishing village with a cool hippie vibe and a marvelous beach near Puerto Lopez. We’ll spend the night here, giving you a chance to chill out and soak up the laid back atmosphere.

Day 15-21

Camp Esmeraldas

The journey to your next camp is around 5 hours. Camp Esmeraldas lies on a community on the banks of the Rio Esmeraldas and is the core of a disparate set of communities along the banks of the river. You’ll be welcomed by the friendly community here, and will spend the next few days working on projects to help support this community. Your work could include improving the local schools and community facilities or building flood defence systems to safeguard the village.

Day 22

Camp Chancama

Today we will journey to Camp Chancama, in the middle of the rainforest. To get there we will ride a boat to the other side of the river and walk around one hour through the rainforest to the camp. You will be doing project work in this community too.

Day 23-27

Back to Camp Esmeraldas

Back to the project work in Camp Esmeraldas.

Day 28-29

Explore Quito

In the morning, you will head to the buzzing capital city of Quito. 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 30-33

Camp DonBiki

You transfer to Camp Donbiki in the middle of the rainforest. 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 34-37

Jungle trek to Camp 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 38-41

Back to Camp DonBiki

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

Day 42-43

Goodbye Ecuador

We transfer back to Quito today. You might want to book a trip to the mountain region of Cotopaxi or the hot springs of Papallacta.  These will be your last days in Ecuador before departing to your next adventure in Peru!

Day 44

Hello Peru

Say your final farewells to Ecuador before boarding the plane to travel to Cusco city in Peru.

Day 45

Road trip to Camp Moray

After a night in Cusco, we’ll hit the road and head to the amazing Camp Moray. The camp here is a tented camp and you will enjoy spectacular views of snow-capped mountains looming over the sacred valley of the Incas.

Day 46-52

Project work

Today we’ll start on our projects in the community of Kajilarakay. There is a shortage of crops in the area so much of our project work here focuses on improving nutrition, working on the school kitchen and greenhouse.

Day 53

Travel to Camp Colca

Today we’ll take the 8-10 hour journey from Camp Moray to Camp Colca. We recommend a great playlist to accompany the incredible views along the way. In the afternoon, you’ll be introduced to Camp Colca and the community before starting work on our projects.

Day 54-56

Project work

For the next few days you’ll be working in the remote community of Pinchollo, helping to continue various projects to improve the facilities for this charming community.

Day 57-58

Explore Arequipa

We will set off for the beautiful city of Arequipa in the early morning. The journey takes between 4-5 hours.

Arequipa, known as the white city, has a rich history and renowned gastronomy. You’ll have the chance to explore all the delicacies on offer and maybe go and visit an Inca Ice Princess. You might also want to look into climbing a 5,822m active volcano, look around the Santa Catalina monastery, or simply eat, drink and be merry.

Day 59

Back to Camp Colca

We leave Arequipa to embark on a scenic 5-hour journey back to the Colca Canyon.  At some points on the journey the road reaches an incredible 4900 meters in altitude making for some incredible views.

Day 60-63

Back to projects

Continue with your project work in Camp Colca.

Day 64-65

Puno

We leave Camp Colca to Puno in an 8-hour transfer. You will have the chance to enjoy a couple of free days in Peru’s “folkloric capital”. Check out a traditional dance show or visit the Inca Sillustani burial towers.

Day 66-70

Welcome to Camp Titicaca

We will set off for Camp Titicaca nice and early. The journey is between 6-7 hours. Upon arrival, we will have a briefing in camp and be shown around the community.  The following days you will be starting project work in camp in this beautiful part of Peru.

Day 71

Visit to floating islands

Today you will explore the island community of Isla Taquile and the man-made floating islands of Uros. You will leave fairly early to enjoy a full tour of the islands, followed by an overnight on Taquile.  Pack a hat, your sun cream and a waterproof jacket as the boat and islands are very exposed to the sun, wind and occasionally rain.

Day 72

Back to Camp Titicaca

Another boat trip returns you to Camp Titicaca where you have lunch and restart the project work.

Day 73-76

Project work

Get stuck into projects with the local community here, improving the underfunded local schools and community facilities.

Day 77-78

Explore Cusco

We will transfer out of Camp Titicaca and return to the city of Cusco. On arrival, you will have a little time to relax and also have a briefing to get prepared for the Salkantay 5-day trek you are about to embark on. You will also have some time to buy any last-minute things you may need for the trek.

Day 79-83

Salkantay Trek

You will have an early start in the morning (around 4am – your guide will tell you the exact departure time) and travel to the small town of Mollepata, where your trek begins. The trek is a real challenge but incredibly rewarding. The night of day 4 is spent in a campsite in the small town of Aguas Calientes (where there are many bars to get a celebratory drink). From here you will leave early on the final day to visit the spectacular ruins at Machu Picchu.  It is truly breathtaking and such an achievement to reach it. You will head back to Cusco after Machu Picchu and be back in town at about 9pm.

Day 84

Cusco

After the Salkantay trek you will have one last day to spend in Cusco. You might want to check out the main square, Sacsayhuaman, the temple of the sun and the vibrant, local markets. Or just spend the day relaxing with your fellow travellers and reflecting on the amazing experiences of the last few months.

Day 85

Departure Day

Say your final farewells to South America and we’ll get you to the airport in time for your flight home.

Please note:

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

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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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