Ecuadorecoadventure.com comes from humble beginnings: we started as two guys in our early twenties, an Ecuadorian who grew up in New Zealand and an Aussie from Sydney, who both loved exploring off-the-beaten-track trails with other backpackers.
Wlady Ortiz had always dreamed of creating an environmentally responsible tourism operator that worked with guides from indigenous communties. As he neared the end of his Ecotourism university degree, he began organizing Treks in the Andes over Couchsurfing. One of those adventures was a High-Altitude Horseback Riding expedition around Mount Chimborazo where he met his mate Jake from Sydney.
Together the pair created Ecuador Eco Adventure and Ecuador Eco Volunteer in 2006—over ten years ago today—and Wlady’s dream of founding an environmentally responsible ecotourism operator became a reality with the help of our amazing local guides who know the Ecuadorian Andes better than anyone.
After slowly growing our ecotourism agency for seven years—the Lonely Planet listed Ecuador Eco Adventure in its South America on a Shoestring in 2013. A year later, National Geographic Adventure recommended our ecotourism agency for the famous Condor Trek in Ecuador in its “2014 Adventure Bucketlist”.
Its worth noting: our address has changed since we were listed in the Lonely Planet. We are no longer located on Avenida Borge y Uruguay and instead operate from the Riobamba Guesthouse on the Calle Viena N.5 entre Varsovia y Roma in the Cuidadela Politécnica—15 minutes walk from the train station in Riobamba’s colonial center.
Ecuador Eco Adventure also welcomes solo travelers to join us on Open Tours — where you will meet other adventurous backpackers while exploring the country’s many beautiful landscapes and ecosystems. Come join us for a canelazo—traditional sugarcane alcohol—good music and a great vibe in the Riobamba Guesthouse before your trip into the Andes mountains.