Ecuador walking holiday, tailormade
Description of Ecuador walking holiday, tailormade
Circumnavigate the rim of a crater lake, meander through a subtropical forest, hike between remote farming villages, as you dive into Andean landscapes on this tailor made walking holiday in Ecuador. No two days spent in this stunning country will be the same, as we travel between ecological reserves, hot springs and a dormant volcano. Keep an eye out for condors soaring overhead, and for vicuñas darting about on the slopes. You can even hike with the last of the ‘hieleros’ – the men who climbed Mount Chimborazo each day to collect ice.
With a wide range of optional activities, each traveller gets to choose how active – or relaxed – they’d like to be. But however much you decide to pack into your days, rest assured you will be spending each night in comfortable lodges or historic haciendas with private facilities. This trip is also ideal to combine with other itineraries, should you wish to explore the country further – or venture out to the Galapagos Islands.
1 Reviews of Ecuador walking holiday, tailormade
Reviewed on 30 Aug 2017 by Andrew Wintersgill
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?
Watching the "last iceman" at work high on Chimborazo.
2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?
Be prepared for a wide range of weather conditions. Wrap up warmly in the haciendas, especially at night. Wear plenty of warm clothes to watch the "last iceman". Yet be prepared for warm sunshine too, especially at lower altitudes and during the middle of the day.
3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
We feel our holiday benefited local people by using local guides and staying in locally run, independent, 'non-chain' accommodation. We felt our holiday supported conservation by staying at San Isidro, where conservation initiatives are ongoing. We do not feel our holiday especially reduced environmental impacts in particular.
4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?
Planet and peopleAs an in depth specialist tour operator to Ecuador, responsible tourism is at the very heart of what we do. To us, this means much more than a simple donation to a charity for each client. We try to build long and constructive involvements with local guides, guest houses, wildlife lodges, and hotels, in the course of which we, and our clients, can make lasting wide-ranging contributions to the wonderful places and people we engage with. In this itinerary we use several lodges that fit with this philosophy perfectly, employing local guides and bringing long-term benefits to the local community.
We are the first tour operator in the UK to form a partnership with the Rainforest Alliance to work towards the implementation of best management practices in sustainable tourism. In real terms this means that we are working with hotels who are making a positive impact on their local community – socially, environmentally and economically.
In this itinerary we use a number of lodges who are dedicated to making a positive impact on their environment. In particular, Cabañas San Isidro is dedicated to forest conservation and owns land adjacent to its property. Private friends and donors together with Mitch Lysinger (of San Isidro) became partners in conservation and co-landowners when they acquired 550 hectares (1,210 acres) of mature forest to connect to Cabañas San Isidro's already existing 620 hectare reserve. This was a major victory for the area because it halted impending deforestation as well as formed a nexus to the Antisana Reserve, one of the largest forest reserves in the country. This momentum has surged on and the Napo Andean Forest Foundation was established with the aim of continuing important land purchases of the area for the purpose of conservation.
Cabañas San Isidro maintains a vital role as one of the front-runners on Ecuador's east-slope with respect to tying together land acquisition and protection projects, serious biological research, community involvement and world-class nature tourism in one of the most ecologically sensitive and important zones that the country has to offer.
Termas de Papallacta was the first Ecuadorian land-based company to attain certification in sustainable development in accordance with the standards as set out by Smart Voyager, Rainforest Alliance and the Conservation and Development Corporation. Termas de Papallacta strives for active cooperation with the Terra Foundation so that its objectives with regards to the local community and the conservation of the environment continue to be met.
In Chugchilán we stay in a private guesthouse ensuring your money goes directly to the local economy and the local community benefits from your stay. This itinerary also includes walks in several national parks which charge entry fees towards their conservation.
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