Ecuador vacations, tailor made

“A two week, tailor made vacation in Ecuador with a typical Ecuadorian mix of volcanoes, colonial towns, indigenous cultures as well as Andean wonders. All easily accessible in a relatively small country. ”

Highlights

Quito | Otavalo | Andes Mountains | Intag local community | Cotopaxi National Park | Quilotoa | Chimborazo | Incapirca | Cuenca | Ranch and hacienda stay | Guayaquil

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Responsible tourism: Ecuador vacations, tailor made

Environment

On this trip we include a stay in the Hacienda Rodeo Grande. This property has been credited with certificate ISO 14000, due to its care of the environment, and adapted treatment and recycling of the water, to avoid contamination. The extensive land allows the farm to coexist with abundant wildlife, that includes several types of birds, sloths, squirrels, turtles and snakes.

Our travelers are given full briefings by our local guides as to how best to minimise their impact upon the environment, including disposing of litter properly and not damaging plants.

To ensure that our groups have minimal impact upon the environment we work with our local team to ensure that all guides and drivers receive extensive training on sustainability policies, from not dropping litter (which unfortunately is commonplace here), to ensuring that natural habitats are respected when trekking or exploring the countryside. We also work with hotels and accommodation providers to offer guidelines on how best to have a low impact upon the environment, from water and electricity conservation to responsible methods of waste disposal.

In our UK office we recycle extensively, from paper and envelopes to ink cartridges, plastic bottles and food packaging, with dedicated recycling bins. We minimise our use of electricity by turning off appliances and using energy efficient lightbulbs, and our toilets use reduced water cisterns to minimise our use of water

Community

We are careful not to disrupt the traditional way of life of the indigenous groups that we visit, most of whom retain strong traditions and have not always fully embraced the modern world. As a way to say thank you for allowing us to visit, we encourage our travelers to bring traditional gifts such as sugar and tea. We give gifts to the elders of the villages who will then ensure that these are distributed appropriately, rather than just giving them to individuals, which can cause problems, jealousy and fights within small communities. These are very traditional areas wth certain codes of behaviour and the people here are not always that accustomed to outsiders. We ensure that our travelers are appropriately briefed in order not to offend local sensibilities.

We encourage our travelers to purchase local goods from smaller vendors in order to support the local economy rather than just buying from large tourist souvenir emporiums.

We use local guides throughout the trip rather than one guide accompanying the trip from Quito, which helps to ensure that smaller communities are able to benefit from tourist income.

We tend to avoid including meals on our itineraries, and encourage people to get out of the hotels and spread their spending among local businesses, again meaning that the benefits are spread a bit more equitably.

We visit a number of historic sites on this itinerary, and the entrance fees that we pay here place a vital role in ensuring that their heritage is maintained for generations to come.

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1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Our tour guide made the trip awesome - Danny Noriega. He was very personable, an expert on history, art, He was able to prioritize for the day and was an excellent communicator. We would hire him again in a heart beat.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Bring a hair dryer, conditioner, and wash cloth if you use those as they are not normally included in your room. Make sure you carefully read through each
detail of your itinerary.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Each hotel has a sign about conserving water and the food was locally grown. As far as benefiting local people, the owners of the hotels are local and so were
the vendors of items we purchased.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


The trip overall was a 10. The last 2 days left much to be desired. In retrospect, we would go directly through the local company. When our last 2 days were a bit of a mess, they repeatedly reached out to rectify the situation.

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