From the jungles of the Amazon to the biodiverse Galapagos Islands, Ecuador is a land of outstanding natural wonders.
Throw in the Andes Mountains, vibrant Quito, cloud forests, colonial towns, volcanoes, hot springs, indigenous markets, and enchanting haciendas and you will quickly discover more than one visit is required.
What’s more, you can make your trip meaningful by helping renovate a children’s day care center in Quito, or being an assistant there.
Wildlife takes center stage here, with the birds, lizards and aquatic life in the Galapagos islands, and monkeys, parrots and cats in the Amazon jungle. Charming colonial towns, cloud forests, volcanoes, indigenous markets and haciendas add to this potent mix.
Ecuador has some fantastic luxury properties and yachts; some of our favorites are: Mashpi Lodge, Napo Wildlife Center, Casa Gangotena, Pikaia Lodge, Galapagos Safari Camp, La Selva Lodge, Origin, Theory, Letty, Grace and Evolution Yachts.
Make a Difference
You can make a difference by helping renovate a day care center or assist with the carers there.
Suggested Ecuador Trip Itinerary
Example Price: US$12,890 per adult
This adventure enables you and your family to not only enjoy the unique wildlife of the Galapagos Islands and the colonial splendor of Quito, all in luxury, you also get to leave a legacy and renovate a day care center that is in much need of your help. All in luxury.
- Bond as a family and make a lasting difference renovating a worthy day care center in Quito
- Private guided walking tour of colonial Quito, and the equator line
- Luxury cruise in the Galapagos Islands
- Encounter turtles, blue-footed boobies, iguanas, penguins and much more
- Luxury accommodation throughout
- Private transfers
- Expert local guides
- Meals as specified
- Volunteering costs
- Flights to/from Galapagos Islands
Note: Price excludes international flights
Sample Day by Day
Note: This is a sample itinerary only
Ecuador boasts amazing sights, including Galapagos islands, Quito, Cuenca, Mindo Cloud Forest, Otavalo, Cotopaxi Volcano, Guayaquil, Amazon jungle.
Hotels and lodges shown here are examples of what we call “eco-luxury”, meaning you minimize any environmental impact whilst retaining your creature comforts. With Hands Up Holidays you can enjoy the best eco-luxury accomodation available at your chosen destinations.
How to help in Ecuador
Assisting at a day care center. Give young children love and care at pre-school in Quito so they can flourish and have a positive future
Assisting at a day care center
The Day Care Center is located in Quito, and receives no government funding. Children up to 3 years old come each day from 7:30am until 2:00pm, and after 2:00pm receives school children and helps them with the homework and any areas they are struggling with at school.
Main activities include:
- organizing recreational activities
- feeding the kids
- clean the kids after lunch break.
Note – this is a popular example of how you can help in this region, and we delight in crafting trips to your exact preferences.