An All Inclusive Tour
This tour is all inclusive! From the moment you embark with us to the moment we say our goodbyes - we've got you covered. So sit back, relax, and enjoy the ecological and cultural adventure of a lifetime!
Hotels / Lodging
What's *NOT* Included
Extra baggage fees
Traveler's insurance (recommended)
General Logistics about the Tour
This tour requires you to be active! Some of the hikes are medium to difficult. We'll be at altitude too, so get ready to impress that FitBit of yours.
No minors will be allowed below the age of 14. This trip will be geared towards adult audiences and we will be discussing all aspects of evolution including reproductive biology, sexual selection, and other topics that may not be suitable for younger crowds.
We will be travelling mainly by bus. If you are prone to carsickness, please keep this in mind.
General Advice About Ecuador
Quito sits right about 9,000 ft (2,800 m). It's not uncommon for you to feel more tired than usual and you might find a flight of stairs takes your breath away. This is normal - so don't worry! Just take it easy and drink a lot of water!
Other Normal Symptoms:
• Waking up in the middle of the night
• Getting dehydrated quickly
• Tingly fingers / lips.
**Please note that alcohol will affect you much faster and much harder than it normally would.
Always communicate how you're feeling with your guide. If you need to take a breather just say so!
While Ecuador is on the equator - only certain parts are warm!
In the highlands, like Quito and Otavalo, nightly temperatures can drop below 45°F (7°C) and many hotels have neither heating nor air conditioning.
Some mountains like Cotopaxi have snow! If you're planning on going up even some of the smaller volcanoes like Pichincha - it's best to bring gloves, scarf, and a hat.
The Cloud Forest:
Halfway between here and there - the cloud forest is temperate but muggy. At night it can still get cool and the humidity makes it feel colder than it is. During the day it gets up to around 80°F (27°C).
Warm all the time! Max temperatures are around 85°F (30°C) but the strong sun can make it feel hotter. Nightly temperatures drop around 70°F (23°C). Wear sunscreen even if you normally don't.
Insects and Tropical Diseases
The Andean mountains in the "Sierra" region are devoid of insect vectored diseases. Right now - above 7,000 ft (2,100 m) is completely safe.
The Cloud Forest:
Sitting between 4,000 - 6,000 ft (1,200 m - 1,800 m) the cloud forsest is relatively safe. There have NOT been reported cases of malaria, dengue fever, chickengunya, yellow fever, or chagas. Rumored cases of leishmaniasis have been mentioned but nothing yet confirmed. Black flies definitley like your ankles - so rubber boots are recommended.
Outbreaks of chickengunya and dengue fever have been reported however it is not a common occurrence.
Zika: Only a handful of cases have been reported in Ecuador.
Chiggers: The larval stage of mites. They do not carry any diseases, but having had them myself, are definitely no fun and EASILY preventable. When you get back from the field, take your clothes off and take a shower BEFORE lying in your bed.
It's always recommended to be cautious!
Visit your doctor to see the latest CDC recommendations. Be up to date on all of your vaccines. Wear protective clothing (long sleeves / long pants) and insect repellent.