Day 1 :
DEPARTURE FROM HOMETOWN
Relax and enjoy our scheduled flight from North America.
Day 2 :
ARRIVE IN QUITO
Camps International staff will be at Quito International Airport to greet us and assist with our transfer to Quito.
Our private coach and driver will be waiting to transfer us to our hostel in Quito.
Our base for the next evening will be a Quito hostel. While here, meals will be included.
Quito is one of the most compelling cities in Ecuador. Nestled in a long, narrow valley in the Andes, between the the Volcano Pichincha to the west and the Machángara River Canyon to the east, Quito enjoys a spectacular natural setting. The Ecuadorian capital city's mix of colonial and modern architecture creates a fascinating built environment. In addition to being the site of the Ecuadorian government, Quito is also the nation's cultural capital, with an impressive selection of museums and festivals.
Depending on arrival time of the flight, students may be able to visit the Historic Center of Quito, purchase some souvenirs at the local market and explore this beautiful city.
Day 3 :
- Travel to Camp Donbiki:
We will have use of a private coach and driver for our transfer from Quito to Camp Donbiki. The bus journey alone is a traveller's dream, including possible sightings of the glacier of Cerro Antisana, as well as ranging views east across the immensity of the Amazon itself. The last bit of the journey is by motorized dug-out canoe.
We will continue to Camp Donbiki, which will be our base for the next 4 nights. We will be staying in traditional wooden buildings with comfy mattresses on bunk beds, the bathroom facilities have flushing toilets, cold showers and sinks.
- Camp Donbiki:
Staying at Camp Donbiki is a very special experience as you actually get the chance to live inside the Ecuadorian Amazon. You'll start the day in a jacket and end it in shorts and t-shirt. The camp sits beside the Rio Arajuno, on the edge of small community, surrounded by the jungle. There will be time to relax in the jungle and get your bearings. In the afternoon, you will receive a full briefing on the projects that we are doing in the community.
Whilst at camp, three healthy, well balanced and tasty meals will be provided daily. For example, toast, cereal, and fruit for breakfast; fish with veg for lunch and dinner and fruit. The signature dish is Tilapia wrapped in banana leaf cooked on a campfire, as well as palm and yucca. Try the local dish of live lemon ants or chontacuro grubs.
Day 4 :
- Camp Work:
After breakfast, it's time to work up a sweat. The next few days are all about getting your hands dirty and making a real difference. Each one of the projects we work on is designed to improve the basic well-being, education, or sustainability of the local community and the environment. The projects are identified through a partnership with the community and in all our projects we are working with the community authorities and alongside trademen from within that community. Project work could include helping to maintain or develop facilities at local schools, create organic gardens for families to tackle malnutrition, reforestation or constructing a local medical center.
Day 5 :
CONTINUE CAMP WORK
- Continue working at camp:
Today, we will continue our project work at the camp.
Your evenings are usually spent relaxing in camp and the local kitchen crew will rustle up a delicious dinner for you and your team. After dinner there are plenty of opportunities for group discussion, reflections on project work, keeping travel diaries up to date, as well as various team led games and activities. Local staff are always in camp and are on hand to chat to and help you with anything else that you need.
Day 6 :
CONTINUE CAMP WORK
Day 7 :
CAMP CHILI URKU
- Camp Chili Urku:
After a hearty breakfast at camp, we will pack our rucksacks and hit the jungle trail on route to Camp Chili Urku. During the trek, students will learn about some of the indigenous plants and trees and how many are used for medicinal remedies. Cultural activities in Camp Chili Urku are the local dance and making artisan goods.
Day 8 :
- Travel back to Camp Donbiki:
After breakfast, you will pack up and start the trek back to Camp, where you will receive traditional local food for lunch, before starting your journey back to Quito.
Day 9 :
DEPART FOR HOME
- Depart for Home:
Depending on flight timings, it may be possible to grab a few hours of sightseeing and souvenir shopping in this ranging, high altitude capital.
Our rewarding and enjoyable experience comes to an end as we make our way to the airport on our final day.