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Ecuador - Amazon Jungle Volunteer and Travel Experience 2 weeks

Highlights

Trip Highlights

Explore the beauty of the Amazon for two weeks by volunteering and participating in adventure activities!  Lead Adventures' program combines fun and volunteering to give you a meaningful once-in-a-lifetime experience in Baños, a town often regarded among travelers as an adventurer's paradise.

Activities- When you're not volunteering, Lead Adventures has a long list of fun activities that includes biking, hiking volcanoes, and canyoning! Baños also offers a variety of fun options for you to choose from on your days off from volunteering. Bring some sturdy shoes and a bathing suit along with you so you'll be prepared for anything.

The Amazon region, particularly its tropical rain forest, is considered to be one of the richest and most complex communities of plant and animal life in the world. The region is characterized by huge and diverse amounts of flora and fauna with extraordinary variations in their habitats and micro­-habitats.

Program Overview 

Volunteering-Volunteers head off to the Amazon Animal Rescue Center to help feed, care for, and monitor animals that were badly treated by previous owners.

The Amazon Animal Rescue Center is a private reserve run by a non- profit organization. Established in 2006 by a caring family, the center not only advocates for animal rehabilitation, but also the prevention of the illegal trafficking of Amazonian flora and fauna.

When animals are brought to the center, they are put in enclosures similar to the environment they would have in the wild in order to help them assimilate. The center then provides them with enrichment tools to help them gain back skills so that they can eventually leave the center and live independently in their natural environment.

Some volunteer responsibilities include: preparing food for the animals, feeding the animals, observing the animals' behavior in order to help determine their progress, and general maintenance of the reserve.

 

Destination Information 

Quito: formally San Francisco de Quito, is the capital city of Ecuador, and at an elevation of 9,350 feet (2,800 meters above sea level), it is the highest official capital city in the world. It is located in north-central Ecuador in the Guayllabamba river basin, on the eastern slopes of Pichincha, an active stratovolcano in the Andes mountains. With a population of 2,671,191 according to the last census (2014), Quito is the second most populous city in Ecuador, after Guayaquil. It is also the capital of the Pichincha province and the seat of the Metropolitan District of Quito.

The canton recorded a population of 2,239,191 residents in the 2010 national census. In 2008, the city was designated as the headquarters of the Union of South American Nations.

Tena: the capital of the Napo Province, is a city in the Amazon rainforest. Known as the “cinnamon capital" of Ecuador, and originally founded by missionary explorers, Tena has emerged as one of the top industrialized centers of Ecuador. It is home to a major regional hospital and many tourist related businesses, including a small airport and a vital bus terminal.  

Indigenous community: this is a family style adventure travel. Come stay in the rainforest on an indigenous community. Learn about the Quichua culture of the Napo Province of Ecuador. Experience the jungle in a most hospitable way.

Baños: is a city in eastern Tungurahua Province, in central Ecuador. Baños is the second most populous city in Tungurahua, after Ambato, the capital, and is a major tourist center. It is known as the "Gateway to the Amazon", as it is located on the Pastaza River in the Amazon River basin, and has a newly paved road to Puyo. 

Baños is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Ecuador due to its amazing natural beauty (it is home to more than 60 waterfalls) and its plethora of available adventure sports. Locals and visitors alike enjoying rafting, kayaking, canyoning, bridge jumping, hiking, biking and horseback riding.

Baños is also known for its production of taffy (Spanish: melcocha [melˈkotʃa]) made from cane sugar, and for small shops that sell the town's famous wooden parrots. 

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