Ecuador Trek Expedition

Ecuador’s jaw-dropping terrain sets the scene for some incredible adventures. Discover the unique local culture living alongside rural communities and embark on the challenge of a lifetime as you trek the volcanic peaks of the Andean mountains.

  • Location Ecuador, South America
  • Duration 3 weeks
  • Expedition Type Trek

Living and working with the local people, you will experience first-hand the issues faced by rural communities in Ecuador whilst making a positive and lasting impact. You’ll contribute to ongoing sustainable projects that help support communities and protect the biodiverse environment in this amazing country. You’ll also take on the personal challenge of completing a trek across the 3 peaks surrounding Lake Mojanda, offering you the chance to explore ancient ruins and witness some incredible views – an experience you’ll never forget.

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A fully supported expedition, from start to finish

Your expedition cost is comprehensive and covers the incredible activities you’ll be taking part in, as well as the extensive support you’ll receive in the lead up to, and during, your expedition.

Don’t forget you’ll also need your vaccinations, visas, kit and some spending money. You can find guidance on all of these on your personal Traveller Gateway once you sign up.

  • Ongoing pre-expedition support
  • Flights and in-country transfers
  • Travel insurance
  • Food and accommodation
  • Adventure challenge
  • Project costs
  • Leader and staff costs
  • Camps t-shirt
  • Orientation and language lessons
  • 24 hour emergency support
  • Reserve location

This sample itinerary will give you an insight into what you’ll be getting up to. Please note, the exact projects, activities and camps may change closer to the time of your expedition.

Day Activities More details
Day 1 Arrival in Lima After arrival into Lima airport, you will be greeted by a member of our Camps staff and taken to your accommodation in the city for a good night’s sleep. As you´ll have an early flight to the city of Cusco.
Day 2 Arrival in Cusco After arrival into Cusco airport, you will be greeted by a member of our Camps staff and taken to your accommodation in the city for a good night’s sleep. As you´ll have an early flight transfer to Camp Moray.
Day 3 Transfer to Camp Moray This morning, you’ll be transferring to Camp Moray. Once you arrive you will be greeted by the Camp Manager who will give you a camp tour and explain more about the projects you’ll be getting involved with over the coming days. In the evening you’ll have the chance to relax, take in the scenery and catch up with your travel journal.
Day 4 – 7 Community project work Over the next few days, you’ll be involved in community development projects to help improve infrastructure within the village. This could include building communal structures for community events or other important facilities to be used by locals. We are also working on long-term conservation goals with the community.
Day 8 Trek to Moray archeological site Take part in the 40-minute trek to the Moray archaeological site. There are many viewpoints to be enjoyed during the trek. There will be plenty of opportunities to stop and photograph the surrounding landscape.
Day 9 – 12 Community project work Over the next few days, you’ll be involved in community development projects to help improve infrastructure within the village. This could include building communal structures for community events or other important facilities to be used by locals. We are also working on long-term conservation goals with the community.
Day 13 Complete community project work
Day 14 Transfer to Cusco A quick visit to the ancient city of Cusco to prepare for the trek to Machu Picchu.
Day 15-18 Salkantay Trek Over the next few days, you’ll be working alongside the rangers of SINAC, the government national parks authority, on vital conservation projects. Those could include animal tracking, planting saplings for reforestation or working to conserve an area of mangrove. Animal spotting even within the camp is a possibility and there are great walks out to deserted Pacific beaches.
Day 19 Machu Picchu – Cusco Walk up to Machu Picchu and back to the city of Cusco.
Day 20 Departure to Lima After arrival into Lima airport and taken to your accommodation in the city for a good night’s sleep. As you´ll have a flight next day back home.
Day 21 Departure back home Today you will say your goodbyes to Costa Rica before transferring back to San Jose airport in time for your flight home.

How you’ll make a difference

You’ll work on a range of projects throughout your expedition, each aligned to the UN Sustainable Development Goals and designed to make a significant and lasting impact on the region’s most critical issues.

Rainforest regeneration

Ecuador – Amazon rainforest regeneration

As the communities in the Amazon develop, deforestation of this important rainforest is increasing at an alarming rate. You’ll work alongside local people to understand the complex relationship between the environment and community development and you’ll assist with important environmental projects, collecting saplings and replanting trees in the jungle.

There are also some community infrastructure projects building toilets and sanitation for local houses in the village and a community centre as well as keeping up the maintenance of the local school.

UN Sustainable Development Goals
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Quality education

Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all

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Gender equality

Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

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Clean water and sanitation

Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all

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Climate action

Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

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Life on land

Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss

Experience the local way of life in our authentic camps

Our camps are the heart of our expeditions. Built and staffed by locals in the traditional style, and located within the heart of communities, they are the perfect place to relax after a day of project work. You’ll get to stay in a number of camps during your expedition, which could include those featured below.

Camp Moray

Camp Moray

Camp Moray is situated on a beautiful high plateau (3,600m) close to the world famous Sacred Valley of the Incas.

This unique wilderness camp gives you a true taste of what it’s like to live in the Andes, with spectacular mountain views across the valley and a real feeling of space and remoteness, allowing you utter peace and a chance to get away from it all.

  • Location: 50 km (2 hours drive) from Cusco Airport
  • Accommodation: Tents
  • Bed type: comfy mattresses
  • Toilets: Flushing toilets,
  • Showers: warm bucket showers & basins
  • Power: Solar lights in dining area
  • Signature dish: Cuy dorado – guinea pig
  • Social: Large social/dining tent, camp fire, volleyball court

I had an absolutely amazing time in Ecuador. The camps team in country were brilliant and I even picked up some Spanish. I met an amazing group of people, worked on some incredible projects and conservation work and have memories I’ll never forget. I’d recommend that everyone does a trip like this in their lifetime, it’s an unmissable experience. I will definitely be going back!

Aneesha, Camp Ecuador 2015

Our local camp legends

Our camps are staffed by members of the community who will make you feel like a local in no time. These legends will make your expedition spectacular and will show you the very best of their home country.

Marisol

Ecuador is a country of spectacular natural diversity, from stunning coastlines to magnificent mountain ranges offering everyone who visits us a varied experience. In our village, we are very proud to work with Camps International and to have volunteers from all over the world work with us to make a difference in our community.

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