Ecuador Amazon Conservation

– Duration: 1 month –

Combine adventure with meaningful travel in two diverse and beautiful regions of Ecuador on this adventurous 1 month trip.

Live and work alongside indigenous communities right in the heart of the Amazon. Play a vital role in protecting the world’s largest tropical rainforest, supporting the people and wildlife who call this spectacular environment their home. Trek through the jungle and experience true off-grid living, sleeping in hammocks under skies filled with thousands of stars.

You’ll also spend time living high in the Andes, helping to provide important community facilities to families in this mountainous region.

If you’re looking to get off the beaten track and make an impact in a place packed with natural beauty and diversity, this is the trip for you.

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This programme is designed to impact the following UN Sustainable Development Goals: 

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Ecuador Amazon Conservation

Ecuador Amazon Conservation

$2,290 per traveller


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The impact that you'll make

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Reforestation (DonBiki)

Reforestation (Don Biki)

 

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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Water Collection (Chilli Urku)

Water Collection (Chilli Urku)

 

The community at Camp Chilli 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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Water Security & Developing Community Ammenities (Kuri Kucho)

Water Security (Kuri Kucho)

 

Lack of water and sanitation is an ongoing problem for the community of Kuri Kucho. Their water source is diverted to commercial farms and areas with a larger population leaving the local community without a reliable source of fresh water for themselves and their livestock. You’ll help by building reliable water systems and toilet systems that will help tackle the poor sanitation and lack of water.

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Camp Donbiki

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 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 Arajuno area of the Pastaza province

Accommodation style: Jungle lodge with bunk beds

Power: American two pin plug sockets in the communal spaces

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.

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.

 

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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 Arajuno area of the Pastaza province

Accommodation style: Hammocks under grassed roofed open sided buildings

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

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 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 style: Eco houses with comfy mattresses & bedding. Modern toilets, hot water bucket showers & sinks
Power: Mains electricity only in social area. US standard plug
Social area: Camp fire, volleyball pitch, Otavalo visit
Signature dish: Cuy – guinea pig

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Day to Day

Day 1

Welcome to Ecuador!

Arrive into Quito airport where you will be greeted by a member of our Camps crew who will take you to your accommodation in the city for your first night’s stay.

Day 2

Head to the Amazon

Get ready for an exciting road trip today as we head to our first camp right in the heart of the Amazon rainforest. Camp Donbiki is located next to the Arajuno river, so you’ll be lulled by its sound as you fall asleep tonight.

Day 3-7

Project work

Our work in the Amazon focuses on reforestation and environmental protection. You’ll be getting involved in projects such as seed collection, forest restoration, and learning about forest types and ethnobotany.

Day 8

Jungle trek to Camp Chilli Urku

Head off on an adventurous trek through the jungle, spotting monkeys in the trees along the way, to get to Camp Chilli Urku (usually takes around 4 hours). The community here is formed by indigenous Kichwa families that have lots of history. This amazing jungle 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 9-13

Project work at Chilli Urku

Over the next few days, you’ll work alongside the community to build rainwater harvesting tanks with toilets, showers and a washing area in each of the houses. You will also have the opportunity to help build a community reservoir above the village to provide a sustainable supply of water.

Day 14-15

Explore Quito

In the morning, you will head back 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 handicrafts.

Day 16

Camp Kuri Kucho

Hit the road and take the 2 hour journey from Quito to Camp Kuri Kucho, situated in the Andes region of Ecuador. On a clear day you can see the mighty volcanoes that surround the camp, including Catambe, Antisana, Cotopaxi and Imbabura.

Day 17-27

Project work

Lack of water is a huge issue within the Kuri Kucho region. Without a reliable source of water, communities are unable to benefit from farming and agriculture. It also means that sanitation is an ongoing challenge. You will work on further rainwater harvesting and toilet initiatives within the community.

Day 28

Last day in Quito

We will transfer you back to Quito for a final overnight stay and farewell meal with your group.

Day 29

Chau Ecuador

Today is your final day in Ecaudor – say your farewells to the team before we take you back to the airport in time for your flight home.

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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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