Galapagos, Conservation & Adventure
No need to choose..have it all, why not…
Travel from the Andes right down to the rainforest and onto the Galapagos…. live with local communites whilst getting stuck into animal conservation and community projects.
A 10 week itinerary will include all of the following but it's possible to join the program for as little as 2 weeks, taking in the projects and places that interest you.
The team adventure starts in the Andes, brushing up your spanish skills with the help of our expert teachers onhand. Experience living in Otovalo, a famous indigenous market town surrounded by volcanoes and beautiful scenery, just a 3 hour drive from the capital Quito.
Your mornings will be spent in nearby Chilcabamba, a wonderful community of traditional Kayambi people where volunteer projects include developing the community school, expanding an artisan market (built by previous Leap groups), creating a playground, and helping families with their livestock.
Experience true high-altitude living at nearly 14,000 feet, surrounded by spectacular rolling hills and snow capped volcanoes, such as Cayambe, which you will have the chance to climb at the weekends. The area is well known for its traditional crafts and markets and locals famous for their colourful ponchos and distinctive panama hats adorned with peacock feathers.
Next you'll travel down into the rainforest to spend 3 weeks living amongst one of the last indigenous Tsachila communities in the country, in a fascinating and stunning environment with ancient trees and meandering rivers.
Live among a shaman community learning about their traditions and customs and helping the community improve their standard of living. You'll work on various construction projects with the community buildings and local school and assisting chocolate farmers with their harvesting.
A unique experience to live and work on these famous islands. Here you'll stay at the Hacienda Tranquila on San Cristobal, the easternmost island in the famous archipelago. An island characterised by it’s charming local culture, beautiful white sandy bays and turquoise seas (not to mention the obligatory curious sea lions, marine iguanas, pelicans and crabs!). This is a fantastic base to experience the unique environment of the Galapagos.
Help us to restore the land back to it's natural state so that the endangered Galapagos tortoises can be reintroduced. You will also work with local children and disabled adults leading hikes, horseback rides and playing games whilst teaching about environmental issues.
Finally, in the last week of the program we’ll round things off with a week of adventure on the famous “Ruta de los Volcanes” (Volcanic Route). You'll travel from Quito to the Quilotoa Crater Lake to soak up spectacular scenery and explore the waters by kayak. From here it’s off to Baños, where you’ll bike to waterfalls and white-water raft some of Ecuador’s best rapids. Next it’s off to the mighty Chimborazo volcano to see equatorial life above the snowline (how many people can say they’ve done that?!) and mountain bike back down the volcano.
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