Indigenous Cultures & Amazon Rain Forest EduTour

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Highlights

Immerse yourself in Indigenous Tribes of Ecuador like the Otavalos People of Imamabura, a Pre-Incan Tribe in the Cloud Forest, and an Amazonian Tribe!
See amazing Ecuadorian Scenery on one of our most exotic, exciting, and culturally diverse Educational Vacations: a chance to experience Ecuador’s Native Tribes and the Amazon Rain Forest!
Upon arrival you’ll get to know your Professional Tour Guides and your fellow travelers, quickly realizing that Ecuador is the perfect place to learn, live, explore, and enjoy!
You’ll find challenge and delight outside of your comfort zone as you get to know a life of life different from yours and travel to lands that many have never seen!
No Previous knowledge is necessary for the trip: learn everything you need to from our Professional Guides! Make friends with fellow travelers and stay in high quality accommodations. Sign up today!
Join us on this fascinating cultural immersion tour as we study the history and importance of several of Ecuador’s Indigenous cultures! This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 17+
Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+
Wheel Chairs

Experience the Native Tribes of Ecuador and the Stunning Amazon Rain Forest!

Global EduTours presents one of its most historically amazing and culturally diverse Educational Vacations: the 8 Day Indigenous Cultures and Amazon Rain Forest EduTour!

Upon arrival you’ll get to know your Professional Tour Guides and your fellow travelers, quickly realizing that Ecuador is the perfect place to learn, live, explore, and enjoy!

Immerse yourself in the culture of Ecuador as the 8 Day Indigenous Cultures and Amazon Rain Forest EduTour offers the opportunity to get to know different native tribes of the area, experience their way of life, and discover the wonder of the Amazon!

You’ll find challenge and delight outside of your comfort zone as you get to know a life of life different from yours and travel to lands that many have never seen!

Monday starts the journey into a new world off with excitement and wonder: The Imababura Province-Home of the Otavalos People! A true highlight of the 8 Day Indigenous Cultures and Amazon Rain Forest EduTour, the Otavalos are a prominent indigenous culture of Ecuador who still speak the language of the lost Incan Empire – Quechua!

Next up is a Cloud Forest Tribe dates back to pre-Incan times! The 8 Day Indigenous Cultures and Amazon Rain Forest EduTour takes you deep into the Cloud Forest in Santo Domingo de les Tsachilas City! Dive into their culture with learning opportunities surrounding their language, food, traditions, and shamanism.

PLUS: Experience the wonder and splendor of the rain forest as a true Amazonian on the THE AMAZON EXPERIENCE TOUR!  The perfect way to end the 8 Day Indigenous Cultures and Amazon Rain Forest EduTour, this journey allows you to become one with the Rain Forest and even experience an original Amazon Tribe! On a 4 Day Excursion, see the breathtaking natural beauty, rare plant and animal life, and unique culture (including Amazonian Shamanism) that shapes the human/rain forest relationship in the region!

No Previous knowledge is necessary for the trip: anything you need to know, you’ll learn along the way from our Professional Guides! Make friends with fellow travelers, stay in high quality accommodations, and immerse yourself in new cultures! Sign up today for the Trip of a Lifetime!


Typical day

Day 1: Sunday - Arrival Day
  • Collection from Mariscal Sucre International Airport, Quito.
  • Welcome meeting to get to know your guide/s and the other travellers in your group.
DAY 2: Monday - Imbabura Province 
  • At 7am, you will be picked up from your hotel.
  • Departure to Imbabura Province - Home of the most prominent indigenous culture of Ecuador - the Otavalos people - a culture that speaks the famous Quechua language with roots that can be traced back directly to the lost Incan Empire!.
DAY 3: Tuesday - Santo Domingo de los tsachilas city 
  • At 7am, you will be picked up from your hotel.
  • Departure to Santo Domingo de los Tsachilas City, home of one of the most interesting tribes of the cloud forest and also considered as a pre-incas triibe. 
  • The Amazon Rain Forest Experience begins tonight leaving Quito by bus at 10.30pm heading to Lago Agrio City.
DAY 4: Wednesday - Amazon Rain Forest Experience - day 1
  • After arriving at our meeting point in Lago Agrio, we will greet you with a welcome breakfast to begin our trip to the Amazon Rain Forest.
  • Lunch will be served then we will start our exploration into the Amazon Jungle of Ecuador by boat. While on the canoe ride be ready to hear the sounds of the wildlife, while you watch the scenery changing along the Cuyabeno River waters and between trees. You will be able to watch the birds, monkeys and other jungle creatures.
  • You will be accompanied by a guide who will provide information on how the animals and plants interact and balance the life within the Cuyabeno Ecosystem in which they coexist.
  • After dinner our native guide gives us a brief introduction of the activities for the next few days in the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve.
DAY 5: Thursday - Amazon Rain Forest Experience - day 2
  • On the morning before breakfast, you can hear the noise of birds flying around our bungalows in the Ecolodge.
  • After breakfast, we continue upriver to start trekking on the banks of the Cuyabeno River, where you can see different species of plants, huge trees, aquatic vines, orchids, medicinal herbs and a large number of wild animals and birds of the Amazon jungle.
  • After serving lunch, you will have time to swim and relax in Laguna Grande while watching the pink and gray dolphins play on the water.
  • After dinner, you will embark on an exciting canoe ride where you will see the famous Black Caimans of the Amazon
DAY 6: Friday - Amazon Rain Forest Experience - day 3
  • Early in the morning we will enjoy breakfast then travel by canoe to the Siona Indigenous Community, where we can interact and learn about their traditions, culture and customs. We will also learn to elaborate the Casabe – a typical dish of this ancestral tribe.
  • Lunch will be served in the community and finally we will meet the Shaman, which will make us perceive and interact with their spiritual world, channeling their energies, visionary, healing and divinatory skills acquired over the years.
  • You will also have time to acquire the beautiful handicrafts made by the locals.
DAY 7: Saturday - Amazon Rain Forest Experience - day 4 
  • After that activity we will serve breakfast then embark on a canoe ride along the Cuyabeno River back to civilization.
  • The transportation will pick us up from the entrance of the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve.
  • We will head back to the meeting point in Lago Agrio. This will take about 2 hours.
  • Return to Quito by bus.
DAY 8: Sunday - Departure Day 
  • Return transfers to Mariscal Sucre International Airport, Quito.

Free-time activities

Santo Domingo de los tsachilas city
Amazon Rain Forest Experience
Sightseeing
Hiking

Program Requirements

In order to join the program you need to be at least 17 years old on the program start date.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
No skills neccessary
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

Included Services

Services by Global EduTours

  • Pre-Departure Support
  • Meals (as detailed)
  • Site Entry Fees
  • Quality Accommodation
  • Professional Tour Guide
  • Airport Transfers

Airport Pickup at Mariscal Sucre International Airport
Mariscal Sucre Int. Airport, Quito (CODE: UIO)
Accommodation
Private Single (or Twin Share)
Hotel
Food & Beverages
Breakfast Included
Internet Access
Good access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO) in Quito. We assist you to find cheap flights to Ecuador.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Ecuador provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in Ecuador you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Ecuador.

Dates & Fees

NO CREDIT CARD FEES

Details on arrival

Tours start on the 3rd Sunday of each month.
Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
2 - 2 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
8 days (min. stay)
$ 1,860
8 days (max. stay)
$ 1,860
Average fees
$ 1,628 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Global EduTours will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Global EduTours during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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