I made wonderful friendships on my tour, not only with the people from my school, but with the people I met and got to know in Quito, Sablong, and the Galapagos. The friendships that you make are like making a new family with people from another part of the planet!
When we were snorkeling in the Galapagos, a sea lion came up. I played fetch with the sea lion. It was amazing!
TheUy / Student traveler Palmer, AK / Posted on March 20, 2018
Incredible Experience for my kids
I sent my two kids on this tour. The tour guides and everyone they dealt with with EF tours was awesome. The kids have great stories and memories. My son said he loved the service project in the Andes Mountains helping construct walls for a school. Both kids loved the Galapagos and equator stops too. They loved snorkeling with sea lions. They said the food and juice were tasty! They enjoyed every day of this trip and hope to do a future trip with EF tours!!!
Alaskamomof2 / Parent Wasilla, Alaska / Posted on March 20, 2018
Best way to vacation!
If you are lucky enough to get Diana as your guide, you've hit the jackpot. Diana was extremely knowledgeable, great personality and conversed with everyone and the attention to detail was impeccable. The tour itself gave us something to do every minute if the day, every day. I felt the best part of the tour was with the Me to We facilitators and it was so rewarding to help school children build a new school and to help a local family plant potatoes. I feel we truly received an Ecuadorian experience. Galapagos was, of course, a once -in-a-lifetime experience and the grand finale.
Daughter / Student traveler Hammonton, NJ / Posted on July 14, 2017
Ecuador Rocks and Rolls
I had a lot of fun on the Ecuador and Galapagos tour. The Weather was great and the experiance was amazing.
Sealion / Student traveler Wisconsin / Posted on March 13, 2017
At the time of the trip I was going through a rough time in my life and this trip was the only thing I was looking forward too. During the trip I learned about the Ecuadorian culture, and about their daily lives. Also in the city of Quito they had amazing little shops of handmade jewelry which in my opinion was very much appreciated and loved. I bought about 30 bracelets during the trip from all the places we visited. It was very eye opening and allowing me to understand that some of the things I was facing back home was nothing compared to the way some of the people lived. I truly connected with some of the people there even though there was a language barrier. Another part of the trip was the service we did in helping build schools in the mountains of Ecuador. That alone was an amazing experience giving back and being the clouds. I could talk for hours about how amazing and beautiful the trip was. Overall, this trip was one of the best things I have ever experienced and one of the memories I will keep and continue to share with everyone I can.
Rosie123 / Student traveler Richmond Hill, NY / Posted on December 13, 2016
It was a really fun trip and would definitely recommend to a friend. We did all get food poisoning which wasn't fun but other than that it was cool.
Pauline / Student traveler Manhattan Beach, CA / Posted on November 02, 2016
What The Heck
Ecuador was amazing. I can assure you that it is a life changing trip. If I could change anything I would include more service days. We were originally told we would have 3 days of service work, but we only had one or maybe two if you count learning how to farm alfalfa. I also now have some problems with me to we or free the children. They don't have the best history and I am questioning their morals. Wither way this trip was life changing. I met so many cool people, and I am going to miss my tour guide. Everyone who helped us was amazing and really made an impact. The galapagos are freaking awesome. I would recommend this trip to everyone.
lamechica / Student traveler Plainsboro, NJ / Posted on August 29, 2016
Tour of a Lifetime!
My students and I all agree that this trip was an amazing, unforgettable experience! We thought the itinerary might be too fast-paced, but EF designed it in such a way that we comfortably explored a lot of Ecuador in 11 days. The food was delicious, the hotels were great, the guides were wonderful, and the experiences were unforgettable. We straddled the equator, volunteered in the Andes, visited the Charles Darwin Research Station, and snorkeled with sea lions, marine iguanas, and a colony of sea turtles. And those are only some of the highlights! My students and I would take this trip again in a heartbeat.
EcuadorAdventure2016 / Group leader Plainsboro, NJ / Posted on August 29, 2016
True Culture Immersion!
This trip was absolutely incredible with exposing the raw culture of Ecuador - all parts of it. The fact that we traveled from the high parts of the Andes all the way down to the water of the Galápagos gave such a range of exposure and opportunities. There is no denying the presence of travel time, as mentioned by the other reviews, however, the travel time for me was very enjoyable. There is so much going on that napping is necessary, and there were always things to look at. Had we not traveled so much, we would not have been able to see half of the amazing things we did. I would travel on a coach bus around Ecuador all day. The interaction with the native people was very prevalent and quite a pleasant surprise considering it was not something I expected so much of going into the trip. I thoroughly recommend this trip to anyone looking for a true culture immersion and wide range of experiences and opportunities. (P.S. It was very fun communicating in Spanish so if you're going, brush up on it!!)
ecuador2016 / Student traveler Falmouth, ME / Posted on July 02, 2016
Incredible place...Incredible people!
This was an incredible adventure!
Joel44 / Adult traveler De Pere, Wisconsin / Posted on June 24, 2016