9 days
Quito, Minga Lodge and Banos – Estimated 9 Service Hours
Meaningful. Sustainable. Unforgettable
Venture into the heart of Ecuador’s lush Amazonian rainforest, where you’ll find one of the world’s most diverse ecosystems. In Otavalo, you’ll experience the culture and heritage of the city, visiting the Mercados de los Ponchos—a famous market known for its local beautiful textiles—and learning how traditional crafts and meals are prepared when you visit a local family’s home. As you’re immersed in the Quito and Otavalo cultures, you’ll also put your hands to work: building and restoring local schools and promoting social justice.
  • Day 1: Fly to Ecuador

    Meet your Tour Director at the airport

  • Day 2: Quito

    Visit Yunguilla, a sustainable community devoted to raising organic agriculture and livestock. Together with your guide, you’ll:  

    • Explore reforestation areas now protected by the community
    • Then, tour the Intiñan Solar Museum and witness the natural forces at work near the equator

    Visit the Intiñan Museum

  • Day 3: Quito • Amazon

    Travel with your Field Director to the WE Village you’ll be working with, and learn about their unique Adopt a Village program model

  • Days 4-5: Service Project • Amazon

    As communities evolve, so do their needs. That’s why we work closely with WE Village to understand each community’s challenges. Since projects are determined closer to your actual tour date, here’s a glimpse at what a typical day might look like.

    • Each morning, you’ll begin your service project in a nearby village
    • Spend afternoons immersed in cultural activities
    • Evenings are a chance to reflect, discuss events and draw connections between the day’s work and relevant global issues.
  • Amazon Basin service project

  • Day 6: Amazon • Baños

    Travel to Los Baños 

    Dinner in Los Banos
  • Day 7: Baños • Quito

    Travel to Quito via Pastaza

    Excursion to Pastaza River Canyon waterfalls

    Dinner in Los Banos
  • Day 8: Quito

    Excursion to Otavalo

    Visit the Mercado de los Ponchos

    Poncho workshop

  • Day 9: Depart for home

Interested in learning more about this tour?
  • Day 1: Fly to Ecuador

    Meet your Tour Director at the airport

  • Day 2: Quito

    Visit Yunguilla, a sustainable community devoted to raising organic agriculture and livestock. Together with your guide, you’ll:  

    • Explore reforestation areas now protected by the community
    • Then, tour the Intiñan Solar Museum and witness the natural forces at work near the equator

    Visit the Intiñan Museum

  • Day 3: Quito • Amazon

    Travel with your Field Director to the WE Village you’ll be working with, and learn about their unique Adopt a Village program model

  • Days 4-5: Service Project • Amazon

    As communities evolve, so do their needs. That’s why we work closely with WE Village to understand each community’s challenges. Since projects are determined closer to your actual tour date, here’s a glimpse at what a typical day might look like.

    • Each morning, you’ll begin your service project in a nearby village
    • Spend afternoons immersed in cultural activities
    • Evenings are a chance to reflect, discuss events and draw connections between the day’s work and relevant global issues.
  • Amazon Basin service project

  • Day 6: Amazon • Baños

    Travel to Los Baños 

    Dinner in Los Banos
  • Day 7: Baños • Quito

    Travel to Quito via Pastaza

    Excursion to Pastaza River Canyon waterfalls

    Dinner in Los Banos
  • Day 8: Quito

    Excursion to Otavalo

    Visit the Mercado de los Ponchos

    Poncho workshop

  • Day 9: Depart for home

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Your experience includes

  • Airfare & transportation

    Round-trip flights on major carriers; Comfortable motorcoach

  • Hotels

    8 overnight stays in hotels with private bathrooms

  • Regional-style meals

    Traditional breakfasts, lunches and dinners bring local flavors to life as part of your trip experience.

  • Full-time Tour Director

    Your culturally connected Tour Director is with your group 24/7, providing deep local insight while handling all on-tour logistics.

  • Guided sightseeing

    Gain insider knowledge and cultural perspective from your licensed local guides while they lead you on sightseeing tours.

  • 6 Service Hours

    Earn up to 6 service hours that count towards academic credit and the presidential award.

  • Volunteer and Leadership Activities

    Participate in volunteer, leadership, action planning and social issue activities.

  • Entrances

    Gain access to local attractions, like nature hikes with your guide—we'll take care of lines and tickets.

  • Continuous Support

    Your dedicated EF team helps you every step of the way—from recruiting and enrolling travelers to planning and managing your tour.

  • Worldwide Presence

    EF has over 500 schools and offices in more than 50 countries worldwide so wherever you go, we're there too.

  • 24-hour Emergency Service

    Travelers and their families can count on EF's dedicated emergency service team.

  • Peace of Mind Program

    Feel secure knowing your group can change their destination or travel dates due to unforeseen circumstances. Learn more about your flexible options at eftours.com/peaceofmind.

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Includes airfare, hotels, meals, full-time Tour Director, and more.
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