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

01

Marine Life Conservation (Costa)

The waters surrounding Ecuador are home to a vast array of marine life including green, hawksbill and leatherback turtles, all of which are now endangered due to human activity. You’ll support a village close to an important turtle nesting site by cleaning and protecting the local beaches and helping to safeguard the habitat of the marine life in the area.

Supper On Camp Costa Beach

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
03

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

  1. Digging holes for septic tanks
  2. Constructing washing areas in houses
  3. General maintenance
  4. Establishing rainwater reservoir
05

Toilet Building Project (Moray)

The small rural community in Moray is extremely poor with no basic sanitation or sewerage. We are helping to construct toilet blocks in each of the houses in the village, providing families and vulnerable elderly residents with proper sanitation facilities.

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Activities Include

  1. Laying foundations
  2. Mixing cement
  3. Plastering, painting and decorating buildings
  4. Helping to install pipes
06

Schools Improvement (Colca)

The small community near our Camp Colca 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 Esmeraldas

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: Approximately 7 hours drive from Quito, in the green province of Esmeraldas

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 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: 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 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 02-07

Camp Costa

We travel down the coast to our awesome Camp Costa. You’ll be welcomed by our wonderful camps staff who will show you around the projects, community and camp.

Over the next few days you’ll get stuck into projects in the local area. 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.

Day 08-09

R&R 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 10-13

Back to Projects

Back to the project work in Camp Costa.

Day 14

Relax in 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 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

Quito

We transfer back to Quito, where you have an overnight before you leave from Quito airport.

Day 43

Bye Ecuador. Hello Peru!

Say your goodbyes to Ecuador as we transfer you to the airport in time for your flight to Peru.

Day 44

Welcome to Peru

Welcome to Peru! You will arrive into the ancient beautiful white city of Arequipa, where you will be met by a member of our Camp Peru team and taken to your accommodation in the city. You will have a day to relax, acclimatise to the altitude and explore the bustling city. Arequipa has some great bars and restaurants and is a very popular stop for backpackers from around the globe.

Day 45

Travel to Camp Colca

Today we kick off the epic road trip (approx. 4 hours) to Camp Colca. The journey ascending into the Andes is wonderful. You’ll be sure to see Alpacas and Vicuñas on the way, as well as climbing to almost 5000masl before dropping down on to the sides of the canyon.

Day 46-49

Project Work

Our project work here 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 50

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 51-55

Project Work

Back to projects at Camp Colca.

Day 56-57

R&R in Puno

Relax and take advantage of the lovely coffee shops in the small plazas of Puno, and try some of the interesting local dishes such as algae from the lake.

Day 58-62

Camp Titicaca

Today we hit the road and head 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 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 63

Uros floating islands

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

Day 64-67

Project work

Back to projects at Camp Titicaca.

Day 68

Chill out in Cusco

Today we embark on the 8-hour journey to Cusco. Your first visit to this amazing city will give you the chance to try some of Peru’s fantastic culinary offerings.

Day 69-72

Camp Moray

A two-hour journey takes us to Camp Moray, a beautiful tented camp above the Sacred Valley. 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. In addition to the projects in the school, we are building a toilet for each house in the community to improve sanitation.

Day 74

Hike to Moray

Today we embark on a half-day walk above the Moray ruins where you will get an incredible view of the ancient Inca science laboratory – one of the most interesting ruins in the whole of the empire.

Day 74-76

Project work

Back to projects in Camp Moray

Day 77-78

Cusco

We return to the beautiful city of Cusco. 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 78-83

Machu Picchu Trek

Tick this amazing adventure off your bucket list.

Day 84

Farewell meal

Enjoy some last minute shopping in Cusco and a final meal with your team.

Day 85

Departure day

We will say our final goodbyes before transferring you to Cusco 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
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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