Make a Difference: Ecuador

Make a Difference Ecuador
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Day 1 Hola Quito
Meet your tour director and check into hotel
Day 2 Quito landmarks
Quito guided sightseeing tour
Independence PlazaGovernment PalaceSan Francisco Church visitMitad del Mundo visit
Details: Quito guided sightseeing tour
Explore Ecuador's beautiful capital on this guided tour of Quito's downtown. Visit sites dating back to Spanish colonization, and continue to Panecillo where you will find an impressive panoramic view of the city and the surrounding valleys. Jump from the southern to northern hemisphere in an instant at Mitad del Mundo - the Equator Monument that marks the equinoctial line.
Details: Mitad del Mundo visit
Stand at the place where the northern and southern hemispheres meet, see the Equatorial Monument marking the spot.
Day 3 Yunguilla
Details: Yunguilla community project
The rural community of Yunguilla is located just an hour North West of Quito. Over the last 20 years, local residents have worked to develop sustainable alternatives for their community and improving their quality of life along the way. Learn about their inspiring journey that took this community from exploiting nearby forests to a community that is committed to the sustainable use of their natural resources. Yunguilla is an integral project with all taking part in their multiple initiatives including reforestation, organic gardening, jam and cheese-making, handicrafts and community tourism. Join forces with the Yunguilla community during your time in Ecuador!
Day 4 Yunguilla
Details: Yunguilla community project
The rural community of Yunguilla is located just an hour North West of Quito. Over the last 20 years, local residents have worked to develop sustainable alternatives for their community and improving their quality of life along the way. Learn about their inspiring journey that took this community from exploiting nearby forests to a community that is committed to the sustainable use of their natural resources. Yunguilla is an integral project with all taking part in their multiple initiatives including reforestation, organic gardening, jam and cheese-making, handicrafts and community tourism. Join forces with the Yunguilla community during your time in Ecuador!
Day 5 Quito--Chimborazo
Travel to Chimborazo
Details: Sumak Kawsay community project
Travel to the parish of Calpi in the Chimborazo province to the indigenous Quechua community of the Royal Palace. Team up with this community of 80 families on their Sumak Kawsay project which includes numerous initiatives such as the flame museum, llama, alpaca and sheep -fiber spinning, Spend time at their sustainable restaurant called "The Palace of the Flame" open to locals and visitors that serves delicious dishes prepared with delicious and nutritious ingredients.
Day 6 Chimborazo
Chimborazo volcano visit
Forest hike
Details: Casa Condor community project
Perched high on Ecuador’s highest mountain, engage with locals at Casa Condor, a natural heritage center managed by the Pulinguí San Pablo community. On your journey you will enjoy natural lookouts with spectacular views of the mountains and volcanoes below. Be sure to prepare yourself….at an altitude of 3800 meters you’ll surely need to wear a sweater!
Day 7 Chimborazo
Shobol Pamba community project
Details: Quilla Pacari community project
Ever wonder what it’s like to make jam from carrots, weave a wool hat, or bake bread like the locals? Here is your chance. Quilla Pacari is a regional cooperative located in the San Francisco de Cunuguachay community. Here you will collaborate with your new neighbors and learn about community life, traditional Andean medicine, and the daily life of the community.
Day 8 Chimborazo--Quito
Balda Lupaxi community project
Balbanera church visit
Colta Lake visit
Travel to Quito
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Day 9 End Tour
Details: Fly home
In most cases, your flight home is overnight. You will return home on Day 10.
Day 10 Return home

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    Day 9 Quito--Galápagos
    Fly to San Cristóbal Island
    Tijeretas Bay Excursion
    Coastal hike to Tijeretas Baysee Frigatebirds, rays, sea lionsSnorkeling Adventure
    Playa Mann beach time
    Details: Interpretation Center visit
    Overview of the human and natural history of the Galápagos
    Day 10 La Galapaguera & La Loberia
    La Galapaguera visit
    La Loberia Beach excursion
    Snorkeling at La Loberia Beachsee sea lions, marine iguanas, blue-footed boobies & lava lizards
    Details: Hike to El Junco Lake
    El Junco Lake is located at the center of San Cristóbal Island and is one of the few fresh water lakes in the Galápagos. Walk among the lush green ferns and watch as White-cheeked Pintails and colorful Gallinules swoop and swim around you.
    Day 11 San Cristóbal Island--Santa Cruz Island
    Transfer to Santa Cruz Island via boat
    Enjoy Tortuga Bay beach
    Details: Darwin Research Station guided visit
    A must-see while in Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Island! The biological research station is a great way to take in some interesting facts about the environment of the Galápagos many take for granted while relaxing on the beach. On display, the center has information on local conservation, habitats, and other interesting relevant statistics. The station's most impressive attraction is the tortoise breeding center, where you can see tortoises of all shapes and sizes.
    Day 12 Santa Cruz Island--Quito
    Transfer to Baltra Island via Itabaca Canal
    Fly to Quito
    Details: Twin Craters visit
    Los Gemelos, or the Twin Craters, are located opposite each other on both sides of the road leading from Puerto Ayora to Baltra. The name is only figurative; not real craters, these formations were created by the collapse of surface material in underground fissures and chambers. After a moderate hike, you'll be rewarded with a view that is breathtaking.
    Day 13 End Tour
    Details: Fly home
    In most cases, your flight home is overnight. You will return home on Day 14.
    Day 14 Return home
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    Tour Includes:
    • Round-trip airfare
    • 8 overnight stays (12 with extension) in hotels with private bathrooms
    • Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily
    • Full-time services of a professional Tour Director
    • Guided sightseeing and city walks as per itinerary
    • Visits to select attractions as per itinerary
    • Tour Diary™
    • Note: On arrival day only dinner is provided; on departure day, only breakfast is provided
    • Note: Tour cost does not include airline-imposed baggage fees, or fees for any required passport or visa. Please visit our Fees FAQ page for a full list of items that may not be included in the cost of your tour.
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