Ecuador is home to some of the world’s wildest corners. Join us as we navigate this tropical paradise alongside wildlife biologists and award-winning photographers.
By day, we’ll explore areas like the stunning Yasuni National Park. It’s home to one out of every three Amazonian reptile and bird species—and almost as many amphibians, fish, and mammals. At night, we’ll get some rest and relaxation at ultra-luxe ecolodges within the park. This is a rare opportunity to go way, way off the grid with the comforts of luxury lodging.
On this trip, you’ll visit a local indigenous community and learn what life is like as a tropical biologist. Along the way, you’ll gain a meaningful understanding of the realities of conservation.
The total cost of this trip is $4,350. Note that space at these remote lodges is limited, which means you'll be sharing a room with one or two fellow travelers. For those traveling solo, single accommodations can be provided, subject to availability, for the first night in Quito only, at an additional cost of $70. Please contact us to request a single room.
Be prepared to walk three to five miles over the course of each day through thick, muddy jungle terrain. Keep in mind this will be much more taxing than five miles of flat pavement. Please contact us directly if you have further questions about the health and fitness level required for this trip.
You should aim to arrive in Ecuador by 4 p.m. on Day 1, and depart after 8 p.m. on Day 7. If you decide to extend your stay, your guides will be happy to suggest additional sights and activities.
The International Ecotourism Society has formally defined ecotourism as “responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment, sustains the well-being of the local people, and involves interpretation and education.” In other words, it is an effort to combine sustainable travel with ecosystem-level conservation and the explicit recognition of and respect for the rights of indigenous people. That’s why ecotourism is more than just “nature tourism." It has the explicit goal of benefiting local communities both environmentally and economically. By providing financial incentives through tourism, these communities can become empowered to fight against poverty, and by achieving more sustainable economic development, can better resist other, more exploitative industries such as mining, agriculture, ranching, or logging. Ecotourism has also motivated the traditional tourism industry in general to move toward more “green” or sustainable practices.
All you need to enter and depart Ecuador is a valid passport with evidence of return or onward travel. With a U.S. passport, you will automatically receive a free 90-day tourist visa. For more information, see the State Department’s Ecuador travel page.