Ecuador

Andes Mountains. Amazon Jungle. Pacific Beaches. Galapagos Islands.  Ecuador is a tiny country that packs a big punch. With four distinct regions to explore, Ecuador is known not only for its extreme biodiversity in flora and fauna, but also its diversity in culture.  There are 14 distinct indigenous nations within Ecuador, each with their own unique culture and language. The cities of Ecuador are famous for their perfectly preserved Colonial architecture, with the capital Quito being the first city to be named a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  There is truly something for everyone in this safe and easy to travel gem of a country.  

The Ecuadorian Andes

Ecuadorian Andes an hour from Quito

The Ecuadorian Andes mountain range offers some of the largest and most beautiful volcanoes in the world.  Discover the mighty Andes mountains while hiking, biking, or horseback riding along the avenue of volcanoes.  Learn about sustainable agriculture by working alongside local farmers while staying at an eco-lodge on the edge of a spectacular canyon.

  

The Cloud Forest

A student group gets the full experience in the cloud forest of Mindo, Ecuador

Lush, green mountains shrouded in mysterious mist makes for a dramatic and breathtakingly beautiful backdrop for the adventure of a lifetime. Human Nature’s Cloud Forest expeditions span from the colonial city of Quito, deep into the temperate Northern Andes and tropical Western Slope. Besides the rich cloud forest ecosystem, these trips offer a truly authentic community experience. Living, working, and playing with local families who have organized themselves into a productive and sustainable community dedicated to conservation and environmental stewardship has been a life changing experience and favorite destination for many of our travelers.

The Amazon Basin

Trails in the Amazon are a true jungle experience

Ecuador’s Amazon region is one of the most biodiverse places on Earth.  Not only does the jungle boast a mega diverse range of flora and fauna, but it is also home to many small indigenous communities who maintain their traditional culture and language.  Explore deep into the heart of the Amazon basin on a Human Nature Expedition.

The Costal Tropics

The Tsachila indigenous living in the costal tropics playing traditional music

With the beautiful Pacific Ocean embracing white, sandy beaches; coastal rainforests; and coffee, cocoa and banana plantations; Ecuador’s Coastal adventures are perfect for those looking for a more tropical experience.  Live and work alongside an indigenous tribe in the coastal jungle, participate in the process of making coffee from planting a coffee tree to roasting the bean, and learn how to surf on Pacific Ocean waves.  

The Galapagos

Discover the pristine Galapagos Islands with Human Nature, one of the most unique ecosystems in the world and the inspiration for Darwin’s theory of evolution.  Not only are the Islands spectacularly beautiful, but both its land and waters are home to the highest concentration of endemic species in the world. Human Nature’s Galapagos Itineraries are action packed and teeming with wildlife, both above and below water.  This is a truly unforgettable experience and an epic addition to any of our mainland trips.

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