Ecuador tour on a Shoestring

“This one week small group tour takes you overland by public bus to the highlights of central Ecuador including jungle lodges, trekking, canoeing and cultural sightseeing.”


Quito | Amazon Jungle | Arajuno River | Banos | Otavalo | Optional activities include hikes to Pailon del Diablo |

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02 Dec 2017
US $ 730
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16 Dec 2017
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US $ 644
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23 Dec 2017
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Vacation type

Small group adventure

What is a small group adventure?
It's a great way to travel! Whether you are traveling on your own, with a partner or with friends, a small group trip is a fantastic way to see the world. You'll travel on a fixed itinerary that has been designed to help you discover the best of region. From the known highlights, the hidden gems that you won't find in the guidebooks.

Itineraries run on set departure dates, accompanied every step of the way by an English speaking local group leader. You chose the itinerary and the date that suits you best and you book on.

Why travel on a small group adventure?
Small groups allow us to explore where larger tour groups can't. Our maximum group size of 16 travelers allows us to use local transport to get from A to B, to visit rural villages, spend time with the locals and even stay at a local home overnight, and it allows us to give our travelers genuine, real life experiences of the countries we are visiting; what you'll be doing and how you'll travel depends entirely on your chosen itinerary.

Is an adventure right for me?
The word adventure means something different to everyone, and our range of trips reflects that. Whether you want to explore local markets, visit out of the way temples and meet local people or go on an early morning safari drive searching for the 'big five', we'll have a trip for you. If you are looking for a physical challenge such trekking the Kokoda Track or summiting Kilimanjaro, we can help with that too.

So what can I expect on this trip?
This is one of our Basix trips, designed specifically for budget travelers who still want the security of group travel without lots of added inclusions. These trips don't have many included activities and meals are rarely included in the price, giving you the opportunity to search out local restaurants and sample regional specialities to your heart's content. The amount of free time in these itineraries means that the Basix trips often appeal to younger travelers looking to explore independently and tailor the trip to your own interests. You often won't spend too many days in any one place and you'll pack lots of different locations into your vacation.

As you might expect, accommodation on a Basix trip will be fairly basic! We'll stay in 1-2 star accommodation, often including homestays and there may be nights where the group stays somewhere multi-share / in a dormitory-style. Most accommodation however will be twin share; with solo travelers automatically roomed with a fellow group member of the same sex, this means that there are no single supplements on Basix trips.

On camping trips you will be expected to help out around the camp; putting up and taking down your own tent, helping with meals and other camp duties. We often find the nights where we are without a few creature comforts are those that are most amazing; wild bush camping in Serengeti anyone?! We'll use local transport where ever possible which is a great way of seeing the country and meeting locals as we travel.

Can I book my flights with you?
Yes! We are a fully ATOL bonded tour operator meaning that we can book flights from the UK as part of your vacation package. Just ask us for a quote including flights when you make your enquiry.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Ecuador tour on a Shoestring

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 travelers 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.

Traveling 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 travelers a fantastic vacation 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 travelers 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 travelers, 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 travelers 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.

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