12-weeks experiencing the best that Ecuador & Peru has to offer. From the coast and the Amazon to Lake Titicaca and Machu Picchu, this program has it all.
About the Program
One of our most popular programs, 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.
Trek for a few hours to Cruz del Condor to take in the unbelievable scenery and spot the world’s largest flying bird, the condor, soaring above you. 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. The town of Banos delivers some serious adrenaline, a giant swing over the Amazon rainforest, white water rafting and zip lining are all up for grabs.
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.
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.
Ethnobotanical Garden (Amazonia)
The Amazon rainforest is one of the most important regions in the world and is home to more than 1000 animal species. However, it’s also one of the most threatened. You’ll help by establishing and maintaining an ethnobotanical garden and tree nursery for the community that can be used for reforestation and preserving cultural medicinal knowledge.
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.
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.
Day 2: 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. You will also have the opportunity to teach English.
Day 6-7: Visit the chilled out beach town of Puerto Lopez. From here, you can book a boat tour of Isla del Plata where you can see turtles, albatross and even whales if you’re lucky.
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 and beautiful long sandy beach.
Day 15: Explore the town before we head back to Camp Costa in the afternoon.
Day 16-20: Final days of project work at Camp Costa.
Day 21: Road trip to Quito. We break up the long journey staying in the small surf town of Canoa for the night.
Day 22: We continue our Quito road trip. Once we arrive, you have some time to look around the bustling capital before your
overnight stay in a hostel.
Day 23-27: Transfer to Camp Kuri Kuchu in its beautifully picturesque setting, with glaciered mountains on the horizon and a wonderful neighboring 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.
Day 31: Today we will make our way to the Amazon Rainforest and the mighty Camp Amazonia!
Day 32-39: Projects here are varied but largely focus around the local primary school. Our volunteers have been building a community house to create a positive communal hub within the village. We have also established an ethno botanical garden to promote both re-forestation in the area and income generation for the community.
Day 40-42: Visiting the vibrant nearby town of Baños.. It boasts some amazing walking routes, waterfalls, zip lining, canyoning, rafting, great bars and restaurants.
Day 43: Today we will head back to Quito for your final night in Ecuador!
Day 44: You fly from Quito to Peru today, arriving into the beautiful city of Arequipa. You will be met by a member of our Camp Peru team and taken to your accommodation in the city.
Day 45: Chill day exploring Arequipa.
Day 46: We head to the picturesque Camp Colca. At points, the road reaches an incredible 4900 metres in altitude and the views are amazing.
Day 47-50: Our project work here also 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 51: 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 52-55: Back to projects at Camp Colca!
Day 56-58: Transfer back to Arequipa, time for shopping and exploring.
Day 59-65: Transfer 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 66: Boat trip day taking in the amazing man made Uros floating reed islands and lunch on Taquille.
Day 67-72: Back to projects in Camp Titicaca!
Day 73-74: We head to the beautiful city of Cusco, explore this bustling and vibrant city. 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 75-79: Machu Pichu Trek!
Day 80-83: Transfer to Camp Moray. This is our highest camp, sitting at an impressive 3,500 metres above sea level. The camp is set within a village up in the hills, just above the sacred valley.
Day 84: Head back to Cusco for a farewell meal with your crew.
Day 85: We will say our final goodbyes before transferring you to Cusco Airport, a few hours before your departure.
Usual working days are Monday - Friday from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM and will include the following activities.
Top up your trip with a variety of water sport activities, including PADI scuba qualifications and fun dives.
You will also spend time in some of Ecuador and Peru's cities including the second highest capital in the world, Quito and the bustling former inca capital Cusco. There are plenty opportunities for sightseeing, shopping and taking advantage of the vibrant nightlife.
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.
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