Ecuador tours, Andes and the Amazon

“An active fortnight in Ecuador, exploring the landscapes, wildlife and villages of the Andes and the Amazon, with characterful accommodation throughout.”

Highlights

Quito city tour | Otavalo trek | Otavalo food and craft markets | Peguche waterfall trail | trek to Hacienda Zuleta | cookery class | cloudforest hike | chocolate tour | Cock-of-the-rock lek | butterfly farm | Mindo river | birdwatching | Cotopaxi National Park | Amazon rainforest | walking and kayaking | observation tower | Sani village visit | see parrots and parakeets at a claylick

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Ecuador tours, Andes and the Amazon

Carbon reduction

Your vacation will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this vacation and how to reduce them.

Environment

The cloudforest lodge is a member of the Network of Private Protected Forests of Ecuador and works actively with local conservation organisations, working to preserve the cloudforest of northwestern Ecuador.

Chilcabamba Ecolodge is Ecuadorian owned and run, and in a sensitive remote area near Cotopaxi. The owners are committed to the protection of their area and are careful in all aspects of resource management, pollution etc.

For every person that travels with the company, it plants trees through The Travel Forest initiative. Depending on where they plant and the requirement of the specific area, they plant either indigenous trees or a mix of indigenous and non-native species. Planting non-native seedlings may seem counter-intuitive but doing this can often help any remaining indigenous forest from being cut down (e.g. for fuel) as some non-native trees grow much more quickly than indigenous types. They particularly aim to save ancient or older indigenous forest, through offering an alternative option for fuel requirements of local communities. In addition to this benefit, their Travel Forest initiative helps with such things as planting for water-course retention, soil erosion, shade and even food all depending on what is planted and where. They have planted almost 100,000 trees to date in various degraded locations including the Andean mountains in Peru, northern Tanzania and Malawi. This has always been done in conjunction with the local communities who plant and then tend the seedlings. Trees are far more important to the health of this planet (and us) than many people imagine. This global Travel Forest initiative can and does make a big difference.

Community

Casa Mojanda: The inn near Otavalo is locally-owned and run, and is a member of their local community network. For meals they use mostly organic produce from local gardens. They are proud to promote the local craftspeople and artisans of their area, and they try to encourage understanding and respect for the indigenous Andean communities.

Sacha Ji: Offers organically grown local produce wherever possible as part of their wellbeing focus and to back local community producers.

Sani Lodge in the Amazon is owned and run by the local community. The lodge protects 90,000 acres of rainforest. As the native owners of this land, the Quichua are committed to preserving the habitat and the wildlife.

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