Reed (USA, California) Many eco tourism groups simply apply the green name to their business in hopes of attracting conscientious travelers, but, with Ecuador Eco Adventure, I can confidently say it was the best eco tourism experience I’ve ever had.
My trip involved staying with a local family who lived outside of Puyo in the rainforest. Maintaining connections with the local community and ensuring the indigenous people are benefiting from the tourism attraction of their land is something our guide clearly cares deeply about, and I was glad to be able to participate in the tourist economy while ensuring the local people are the ones receiving the benefits.
On our multi night stay in the rainforest, we slept in a raised platform cabana that are typical of the area and hiked around the local area. However, unlike many other ‘rainforest hikes’ I have been on, this trip was unique, challenging, and educational. We were led down a footpath (barely distinguishable amongst the other jungle tracks) that quickly gave way to secondary, and then primary jungle, and machetes were an absolute necessity to making any headway. To keep it short, we swing on vines, crossed rivers, swam in streams/waterfalls, ate all sorts of local fruit, used medicinal plants for scrapes or cuts, and saw a wide variety of birds. Watching the sun rise over the mist cloaked rainforest near Puyo is certainly a moment I will not forget.
If you are taking a trip in Ecuador and want to participate in environmental tourism that does more than pay lip service to its namesake, I highly recommend checking out Ecuador Eco Adventure!
Ewan Blyth (Australia) Full credit to the will and determination of those involved at Ecuador Eco Adventure in promoting and delivering tourism packages that not only ensure you experience scenery quite unlike anything you will have ever seen before, but do so in a manner that is giving a little bit back to the ecological treasure that is Ecuador.
A trip to El Altar organised through the team at Ecuador Eco Adventure with a kaleidoscopic array of vistas was a certain highlight of my journey through many parts of South America. A place that few locals yet alone tourists get to witness was the exact type of adventure I was looking for and as a result formed a number of life-long friends and invaluable contacts. Buena suerte caballeros!
Nina and Liza (Netherlands) The archeological tour to the pyramid on top of Puñay was incredible. Quite a challenge for two very inexperienced hikers but truly worth it. After hearing about the history of the ancient cultures we got really excited about this hidden treasure. Camping on top of the mountain we learned about the magic of hanan pacha and explored the pyramid. And the sunrise the next morning was truly indescribable.
Mostly it was the way the tour was set up that made it this great. Our guide was able to tell us all we wanted to know, we had our own input into the plan and it was the opposite from the average gringo experience. It showed us how tourism can be, without the negative undertone.