The very ethos of our style of travel is responsible; small groups on fully escorted tours, experiencing the very best of a region, a culture and a landscape, with a friendly local hand guiding the way. Our itineraries are designed to give our travellers real life experiences without compromising the part of the world we are exploring; to travel responsibly is at the heart of our commitment as a global tour operator.
This fantastic Andean adventure follows a no-frills itinerary, taking in the highlights of stunning Ecuador, from the capital city to the Amazon jungle. Focusing on low impact or rather positive impact travel, this trip supports local industry and helps provide employment throughout the regions we visit.
Travelling in small groups (maximum of 16) is a great way to explore Ecuador, and every trip will be accompanied by a local group leader. Your leader will be Ecuadorian, with fantastic English and they will be on hand throughout to act as your guide, translator and general facilitator of your trip. With a focus of real life experiences while in country, you’ll have the perfect guide. Recruiting locally not only gives our travellers a fantastic holiday experience, but it also creates employment and our training programme helps develop our leaders’ future employability prospects.
You’ll stay in small, locally owned budget accommodation, from hotels to a unique homestay in the Amazon jungle, where in small groups of 2 or 3 you’ll get the opportunity to spend time with our local hosts and find out more about their day to day life in the Amazon. Our stay not only benefits this remote community financially, it also reinforces to the younger members of the community the economic value of traditional, day to day skills, whereby demonstrations to visitors can create a secondary income.
Many of the meals on this trip are at your own expense giving our travellers freedom to choose the places you eat. When dining together, your group will eat in traditional, locally owned restaurants, and during the day will purchase food en route from local vendors and small cafes. If you do want pointing in the right direction for where the locals eat, or where to get the best regional specialities, your group leader will be on hand to point you in the right direction.
Keeping with our focus on real life experiences, on this journey you’ll mainly use local buses to get around (with the odd canoe and local taxi thrown in for good measure!). Local public transport is not only just the best option by far from an environmental stand point; it also offers great opportunity for cultural interaction with your fellow bus travellers, particularly when heading to the bustling Otavalo Market when the bus is sure to busy.
We encourage all our passengers to take steps to ensure that their trip is environmentally responsible as possible. Your group leader will be on hand to assist with the appropriate disposal of rubbish en route, recycling wherever possible and we encourage all our travellers to use refillable water bottles with purification tablets rather than contributing to the rapidly escalating problem caused by the copious number of plastic bottles discarded globally on a daily basis.
During our visit to the jungle community we visit a protected private reserve with sections of secondary and primary forest. This is a precious ecosystem and you will be encouraged to respect the jungle environment at all times, sticking to the marked pathways and following the instructions of your local guide.
As a company we are very aware of the negative effect carbon emissions have on our environment and as such operate a carbon neutral policy; offsetting the ground emissions of all our passengers on all our trips. On this particular trip in Ecuador that equates to 766kgs of carbon offset per passenger, per departure.
An inspirational tour combining Peru, Ecuador & the Galapagos
From £4388 15 days excluding flights