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Experience the colourful and vibrant culture of Ecuador on this 8 day adventure; soaking up the cities, landscapes and people that make it such a captivating country.

We may be able to offer a reduced price on this trip, which could mean a fantastic saving for you. Contact us for details!

Adventure Tour in Ecuador
This action packed tour is designed to give you a real insight into this fantastic country in a short space of time, making sure that you don’t miss a thing! Ecuador may be small but it certainly isn’t lacking in character and adventure as it is full to the brim with South American charm, fascinating history, breathtaking and diverse landscapes and friendly people. Throughout this week you will discover what makes Ecuador such a culturally rich and fascinating country whilst meeting like-minded travelers and creating memories of a lifetime! 

Your Ecuadorian Adventure
Your week will start in the beautiful capital city, Quito. Quito is full of cultural splendour and is arguably one of Ecuador’s most beautiful cities as it sits amongst the Andean valleys and is surrounded by breathtaking views of volcanic peaks, not to mention the huge array of historic buildings, colonial architecture and museums to keep you busy. This is followed by a visit to the Amazon jungle where you will trek through the rainforest, immerse yourself in diverse and exotic wildlife, and understand how local communities use their surroundings for their daily survival, before staying the night with a local homestay in the heart of the jungle. 

Head to the picturesque town of Banos, located in the foothills of the Tungurahua volcanoes where you can really soak up Ecuadors spectacular landscapes by hiking, hiring a bike or horse riding, before returning to Quito and exploring the colourful Otavalo market which is overflowing with traditional South American treasures, vibrant textiles and exotic fruit and vegetables. 

Ecuadorian Adventure

Highlights 
• Explore the rich history and beautiful architecture of Quito.
• Trek through the lush rainforests in the Amazon jungle and spot exotic wildlife up close. 
• Soak up the breathtaking landscapes and awesome adventure activities in Banos. 
• Visit the famous Otavalo Markets and pick up some bargains.

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Quick Facts

Trip Name
Ecuadorian Adventure
Trip Code
ECTEA1
Continent
South America
Country
Ecuador
Airport
Mariscal Sucre International Airport (airport code UIO)
Minimum Duration
8 Days
Minimum Age
18
Trip Type
Group Tours
Activity
Adventure
Cost
From £395 for 8 Days
Deposit
£ 195.00
Preferred Duration
This is an 8 day tour only.
Pre-requisites
Reasonable standard of health and fitness for some of the activities involved. English language is not common in Ecuador so you must be prepared to make an effort with the local language and respect local customs.
Ideal for
Adventure Tours in Ecuador; Tours in South America; Gap Year Adventure, Tours, Career Break Adventure Tours.
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Arrival Dates

Contact us for details as we have regular departures available every month.

Visa
British nationals will not require a visa for the first 90 days of their stay in Ecuador. For more information about your visa requirements you can click here.

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Included

Accommodation
A range of accommodation options will be arrange for you for the duration of your tour, including hotels, hostels and home-stays.
Some Meals
Some meals are included during your tour (4 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches). You will need to budget for meals not included.
Tour Activities
A range of activities will be arranged for you throughout your tour. Please see the Extra Info tab for a detailed itinerary of activities.
Transport
All transport (for included activities) is included for the duration of your tour.
Tour Leader
You will have a dedicated tour guide for the duration of your tour, who will show you the sights and give you all the information you need.
Support
24 hour support whilst on your tour from in-country and UK based teams.
Equipment and Medical Discounts
Changing Worlds customers will receive 10% off Travel Equipment, Medical Supplies and Vaccinations from Nomad Travel Store.
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Not Included

Flights; Airport Transfers; Travel Insurance; Vaccinations, Tourist Visa; Some Meals as per Itinerary; Any Activities not on Itinerary or optional activity options.
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Itinerary

Day 1 : Quito
Your adventure will kick off in the capital city of Ecuador, Quito. Arguably one of the most beautiful cities in South America, Quito boasts breathtaking views as it sits in the Andean valley and is surrounded by spectacular volcanic peaks. Quito’s town is jam packed with historic and colonial buildings for you to explore, including more than 30 churches and plenty of museums to keep you busy! 

Optional Activities
• Compania de Jesus - USD4
• La Ronda - Free
• Equator Monument Entrance fee - USD80
• Cotopaxi National Park - hiking - USD80
• Ballet Folklorico Ecuatoriano de Jacchigua - USD40
• Mindo Cloud and Tropical Forest - USD290
• Antisana Trek Full day from Quito (Optional) - USD70
• Otavalo Market day trip - USD45
• Quito City Tour by Night (Optional) - USD30
• The Equator line tour (Optional) - USD40

Accommodation
Hotel (1 nt)

Day 2 -3: Amazon Jungle
You will leave Quito bright and early and start you journey by bus, boat and then canoe to reach the local community in the Amazon jungle and the starting point for your trek. The 3-4 hour trek will take you up close to the jungles diverse and exotic wildlife as you visit protected private reserves within sections of secondary and primary forest. Your local guide will also help you to understand the importance of the jungle to the local community.

Accommodation
Jungle Lodge (2 nts)

Day 4- 5: Banos 
The next day will see you heading off to the town of Baños. Located in the foothills of the Tungurahua volcano, Baños is the perfect place to explore the Ecuadorian countryside, as it is surrounded by waterfalls, hot springs and stunning landscapes. There’s plenty to keep you busy in Baños, with many different ways to take in your spectacular surroundings, from hiring out a bike, horse riding, hiking or even rafting. 

Optional Activities
• Baños bike rental per day - USD6

Accommodation
Hotel (2 nts)

Days 6-8: Quito/Otavalo market
Today we will head back to Quito for the night, before taking a day trip to the famous Otavalo 
market, which is located roughly 2 and a half hours North of Quito by local bus. This market is one of the most important Andean markets in Ecuador where villagers from surrounding villages descend upon the town to buy and sell everything from livestock, colourful handmade goods , jewellery and vegetables. This is a great place to pick up souvenirs and practise your bartering skills! 

Included Activities
• Otavalo Market day trip

Accommodation
Hotel (2 nts)

Ecuador Map

Ecuador is a very compact South American country brimming with biodiversity and incredible natural beauty. Less than half a day from the capital city, Quito, you will find the Andean mountains, the Amazon Rainforest and the beaches of the Pacific coast – perfect for expeditions, adventure sports and chilling out. Ancient ruins and countless volcanoes can be found all over the country including the isolated Galapagos Islands (made famous by Darwin’s theory of evolution) which are separated from the mainland by the Pacific Ocean.
 
Ecuadorians are renowned for their warmth and welcoming nature, which you will experience firsthand throughout Ecuador. And if you do ask a local for directions, be prepared to be taken to your destination in person! 


Quick Facts
Name
The Republic of Ecuador
Location
South America
Bordering Countries
Colombia and Peru
Capital City
Quito
Government
Democratic Republic
Population
15 million
Language
Spanish
Currency
US Dollar (USD)
Name
The Republic of Ecuador
Poverty
65% of the population live below the poverty line
Main Exports
Petroleum, Bananas, Shrimp, Coffee, Cocoa, Fish
Climate
Tropical along the coast and in the Amazon region; cooler in the highland areas
Time Zone
GMT -5
Flag
Ecuador Flag

Fun Facts
• Ecuador is the Spanish word for Equator
• Ecuador is the world’s number one producer of bananas
• You can balance an egg on a nail at the Equator

Travel Highlights
• Visit the equator at Mitad del Mundo and straddle both hemispheres
• Explore the crater of the Sierra Negra volcano on horseback
• Visit the land where 'Lonesome George' used to roam – George was the last of the Pinta Island Tortoise Species
• Surf at Montanita – one of Ecuador’s best surf beaches
• Hike up the Cotopaxi volcano and enjoy the breathtaking glacial views
• Discover the biodiversity and wildlife of the Galápagos Islands

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Where is Ecuador?
The Republic of Ecuador is located on the north western coast of South America, bordering the Pacific Ocean at the Equator and bordering Colombia and Peru to the east.
 
History of Ecuador
For centuries, Ecuador was inhabited by indigenous civilisations. That was until the Incas arrived from Peru, attempting to expand their empire into neighbouring countries. Despite strong resistance from the native Ecuadorians, the Incas were successful in establishing their civilisation across Ecuador during the 1400s. The following century, in 1526, the Spanish explorers landed in Ecuador. This was the same year that the Inca Empire became divided for the first time, thanks to Huavna Capac, the Inca ruler, leaving his empire to two sons, rather than to one son as tradition dictated. Years of fighting ensued but Atahualpa finally defeated his brother to become ruler of the Inca Empire. In the 1530s, the Spaniards increased their presence and the Inca Empire was all but eradicated. The Spanish forced the local Indians and Mestizos (people of mixed European and indigenous race) into hard labour which led to various uprisings and, eventually, liberator Simón Bolívar leading his country to independence in 1830.
 
Following a turbulent and violent past, the 19th century was predictably filled with chaotic politics and rulers who could not bring stability to the region. The 1920s and 1930s put further strain on Ecuadorian society and the economy, especially with the collapse of the coco market and then the Great Depression. More positively, however, Ecuador saw a significant rise in its banana exports from the late 1940s up to the 1960s bringing increased wealth and stability for many. That, unfortunately, was until Ecuador was hit by recession in the 1960s. Social unrest and insecurity fuelled the rise of an anti-communist military government that took power in the 1960s, but it wasn’t until 1979 that a democratic government was properly installed. This gave a new voice to many indigenous groups and, for the first time, gave them a role in Ecuador’s politics. The landscape for Ecuador’s future is now much more positive, but Ecuador still has a long way to go to achieve economic stability and combat its high levels of unemployment.

Climate in Ecuador
Ecuador’s rich biodiversity and varied terrain means the climate various from region to region. As a guide, Ecuador’s winters tend to be dry, lasting from June to September, and the summers are wetter, lasting from December to April. The jungle area, known as the Oriente, remains high in humidity all year round. The sierra region is much cooler, and the coast tends to be warm throughout the year. The Galápagos Islands have a cool climate for most of the year, although December to April sees a much warmer period, perfect for snorkelling, surfing and boat trips.

Language in Ecuador
The official language of Ecuador is Spanish but Quichua, an Inca language, is spoken by the Indian population. Ten other native languages are spoken in Ecuador, and English is the most spoken foreign language.
 
Food in Ecuador
Ecuadorian food is famous for exotic fruits, fantastic seafood, and a spectacular assortment of Andean potatoes. You’ll enjoy sampling Ecuador’s national and regional dishes, including shrimp marinated in lemon, pastries stuffed with spiced meats and toasted corn. And if you're feeling really brave, why not try roasted cuy (guinea pig) or tronquito (soup made from bull penis)!
 
Travelling in Ecuador
For getting around the local area, public buses are a good bet, although you should expect crowding due to the cheap fares. Local taxis are also a popular option for short journeys or day trips around the area, especially if you are sharing the fare with other passengers. This can often be cheaper than renting a car. You should try and agree the price before you leave as taximeters rarely work.
 
For longer journeys, Ecuador has a pretty reliable bus network. However, be prepared for poor road conditions that can create an uncomfortable ride at times. Buses tend to leave from a number of central terminals in the main towns and cities, and it’s a good tip to buy your ticket a day in advance to guarantee your seat.
 
For short travel times and spectacular views, there’s no better option than flying. It is also an affordable option in Ecuador. Most travel hot spots are no more than 30mins away and there are regular flights from most of the main towns and cities. Flights to the Galápagos Islands can, however, be on the expensive side due to a 3 hour flight time. Tourists usually have to pay more than locals. Furthermore, you cannot reserve your seat. You should therefore confirm your reservation 24 hours before departure to ensure your place has not been issued to someone else!
 
Sport in Ecuador
South America has a wealth of sporting talent. You only need mention the national football teams of Brazil, Argentina and Mexico to realise the skill, flair and passion for sport on the South America continent. Ecuador shares this passion, from the north to south. Football is Ecuador’s first sport, with many young athletes dreaming of playing football for their country. That is why you, as a volunteer sports coach, can give children the chance to play football in a structured environment. Football, however, is not the only sport in Ecuador. Tennis, golf, rugby and other sports are played with enthusiasm and there are grassroots initiatives in other sports including basketball, hockey and netball. You can also play lots of sport in Ecuador with a number of local sports teams. On the sports pitch, you will learn new skills and attitudes to sport. Off the pitch, the cross-cultural friendships you build are priceless.

Gap Years and Career Breaks in Ecuador
Explore the outstanding travel opportunities in this unassuming country that is rammed full of fun to be had. From the depths of the Amazon rainforests to the shores of the world famous Galapagos Islands, the diversity of people, land and wildlife will keep you in awe of this dramatic nation throughout your gap year or career break.

Some of you may be wondering where the money you pay towards your tour is actually going. As with any trip overseas, there are many things to consider that incur a cost, all of which are added benefits making the experience as memorable and fulfilling as possible!
 
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Before you see a tour on our website, a lot of background work has gone on. We have met with local organisations, vetted in-country staff, conducted rigorous safety assessments and thoroughly evaluated the tour. Only then do you get to see the tour on our website and book your place, safe in the knowledge that it is well-structured and guaranteed to be an amazing experience.
 
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If you are not sure which tour or country to choose, our hugely informative Travel Advisors are here to help. They are a friendly bunch, have all travelled extensively and can offer lots of advice on choosing the right tour or destination for you. This makes the task of deciding to travel in a foreign country much less intimidating, and far more exciting.
 
Pre-departure Advice
Once you have booked your tour, you will be assigned a dedicated Travel Advisor to offer essential pre-departure advice on vaccinations, visas, kit lists and more. They will also be on call to answer those important last minute questions in build up to your tour start date.
 
Help with Flights and Insurance
We do not include flights and travel insurance in our tour fees. This avoids us having to pass on unnecessary admin charges to you. It also gives you flexibility to find flights and insurance to suit your tour budget. We do, however, offer lots of help on this through our leading flights and insurance partners, providing you with an easy booking facility and the best prices around.
 
Airport Pick-Up
There’s nothing like seeing a friendly face when you walk out of a new airport. And once we have given you a warm welcome, the in-country staff will take you back to your accommodation and help you settle in.
 
Arrival Induction
We will take you through a local orientation and tour induction on arrival. This will introduce you to any useful amenities and local customs, talk your through your tour itinerary, and it will also show you how to stay safe while travelling abroad.
 
Accommodation and Food
Accommodation is provided on all of our tours. In some destinations, you may be able to upgrade to alternative accommodation, this is something that will be offered to you at different stages of your tour. We endeavour to supply food where we can on our tours, however in some cases this is not always possible. Please see the trip itinerary on the Extra Info tab for further details.  
 
In-Country Staff
Your safety and enjoyment is extremely important to us. That’s why we have dedicated in-country teams to look after you and guide you throughout your tour. Our staff can be reached 24-hours a day and will travel with you throughout your tour to ensure everything is running smoothly, and that you are happy.
 
24-Hour Emergency Support
In addition to our in-country staff, you will benefit from our international support network. You will be given emergency contact details before you leave which you can call in the event of a crisis. We are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Giving Others Similar Travel Opportunities
In order to provide a reliable flow of participants on our tours overseas, we have to spend a chunk of money on recruiting people like you to take part in these amazing experiences. It costs to maintain a website, an office, phone lines and a team of dedicated Travel Advisors to answer all your questions!
Speak To Us
If you have any questions or would like some more information, simply contact one of our friendly Travel Advisors. You can give us a call, request a call back or drop us an email and they will be able to answer any questions you might have.

Book Your Place
Once you have decided to travel with us, you can secure your place by paying a small deposit. You will then be able to pay the rest of your placement fee in easy-to-manage instalments.

Welcome Pack
Once we have received your deposit, we will send you a welcome email confirming your booking. This will contain your personal login details for your Travel Centre – an online account full of useful information about your destination, you chosen project and all the things you need to do before you depart.

Personal Information
We will ask you to provide some key information to help us create the best overseas experience for you, such as medical and dietary requirements, any previous language lessons you have done, and what you’re hoping to get out of your time abroad. We may also ask you to complete a police background check.

Flights and Insurance
You will need to book your flights and travel insurance before you leave, and then provide us with these details. We do not include flights and insurance in the project fee (to avoid passing on extra admin costs to you) but our partners will help you find the best options around.

Visas 
Next you will need to get your visa for your trip. British citizens do not require visas unless they are planning to work before or after the course, in which case a Working Holiday Visa will be required. We will also provide you with lots of information to make obtaining your visa very straightforward.
 
Final Payment
We will ask you for your final payment 90 days before your scheduled departure date. Once paid, you will be ready to pack your bags, grab your passport and get on the plane!
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