8 weeks to experience the best that Ecuador has to offer. From the quaint rural community of Kuri Kucho to the mighty Amazon Rainforest.
About the Program
True Ecuadorian adventure awaits on our 2 month programme. Soak up the laid back coastal vibes of the Pacific coast at Camp Costa, experience life surrounded by the mighty Amazon Rainforest at Camp Amazonia, and take in the stunning snow-capped mountains surrounding camp Kuri Kucho.
Immerse yourself in the traditions and culture of the local communities and make a measurable difference to improving their quality of life on our projects. We listen to the needs of each community so you’ll be working on the projects that are a priority for them. Get stuck into project work at local schools, improving infrastructure to ensure a safe and productive learning environment. There’ll be plenty of fun interacting with the local school children too. You’ll also work on initiatives to help retain the local culture and heritage of the fascinating communities you’ll live and work alongside, so that they can benefit from visiting tourists.
Explore vibrant Banos, home to an amazing giant swing, zip lining, rafting and lots of great bars and restaurants. Hit the craft market in Otavalo (the largest in South America) for some bartering and to soak in the buzz. Explore the beachside towns of Puerto Lopez and Montanita, unwind after a day of project work in a beach bar with your new friends. After spending two culture and adventure filled months in Ecuador, you will have made a measurable impact on the communities that you will have lived and worked with. The people you meet will stay with you long after you leave South America.
Day 1: 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 (approx. 1-hour transfer)
Day 2: Today 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 3-5: 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
Day 6-7: You have two days to chill with an opportunity to explore the surrounding areas, including the laid back beach town of Puerto Lopez. You might want to book a boat tour whilst you’re here to Isla del Plata (commonly known as the poor mans Galapagos). This charming island is home to blue-footed boobies, turtles and the albatross bird.
Day 8-13: Back to projects at Camp Costa!
Day 14: Today we head to the lively coastal town of Montanita, home to lots of great bars and restaurants.
Day 15: You have a free morning to explore the town before we head back to Camp Costa.
Day 16-20: These are your final few days at Camp Costa. You will finish up on project work before saying your farewells to the community.
Day 21: Today we start our epic road trip to Quito! This is a long journey so we take it easy and spend the night in the small beach town of Canoa. The journey should take around 3-4 hours giving you time to look around the small surf town.
Day 22: Today we travel inland to the capital city, Quito. The journey will be around 6-7 hours and you will have some free time to explore the bustling capital with an overnight stay in a city hostel.
Day 23-27: Today we head to the stunning Camp Kuri Kucho. This camp has a beautifully picturesque setting, with glaciered mountains on the horizon and a wonderful neighbouring community. Your time here provides you with a unique insight into the day-to-day lives of a rural Andean community and projects are designed to help retain the culture and heritage of these fascinating people.
Day 28-30: We head back to Quito and the next two days are free for you to explore the bustling capital. You might also want to book a trip to the mountain region of Cotopaxi or the hot springs of Papallacta.
Day 31: Today we will make our way to the mighty Camp Amazonia! Get ready for the humidity and remember to pack your bug spray and sun cream. The journey is generally between 4-5 hours. Upon arrival you will meet our legendary camp staff, who will show you around camp and the neighbouring community.
Day 32-39: Project work begins! 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.
Day 40-42: You will spend the next couple of days visiting the nearby town of Baños. This vibrant town is a popular stop for backpackers. It boasts some amazing walking routes, waterfalls, zip lining, canyoning, rafting, great bars and wonderful restaurants.
Day 43-49: Back to projects at Camp Amazonia!
Day 50: Today we will visit the charming market town of Otavalo, home to the biggest craft market in South America. Have some fun bartering for artisanal goods and enjoy the buzzing atmosphere in the town!
Day 51-55: We leave Otavalo and head back to Camp Kuri Kucho, which is just a short drive away. You will continue with your project work here for the next few days.
Day 56-57: We head back to Quito for your final night! You have time for some last minute shopping and a final celebratory meal before your departure in the morning.
Usual working days are Monday - Friday from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM and will include the following activities.
You can top up your trip with a variety of add-ons from trekking to PADI Scuba Diving.
You will also have the chance Ecuador's capital Quito which is the second highest in the world. As well as the traditional town Otavalo, home to the largest craft market in South America.
All of your in-country transfers are scheduled by us, including your airport pick up. We employ our own drivers and they will be there to greet you at the airport, holding a Camps International board so you can't miss them!
Our permanent and fully staffed camps are co-located with the communities with whom we work. Accommodation ranges from traditional thatched buildings to tents. All camps have clean toilets and private washing facilities (not all camps have hot water, but it is refreshing!), and all camps are designed to feel like your second home. There's nothing like chilling out at the end of the day around the camp fire, under the stars.
Our locally employed kitchen teams will provide you with three delicious meals a day. There's unlimited fresh drinking water and a real mix of local cuisine with some western classics to fill you up after a day of project work. Our kitchens always act as the heart of any camp and our staff work extremely hard to consistently create a great standard of food for most dietary requirements.