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VESA’s humanitarian and conservation projects aim to provide direct action support to communities in parts of the world overlooked by traditional charities and aid organisations.

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Trip Extension

The Road Less Travelled • 9 days

Continuing your jungle journey through the Amazon, ‘The Road Less Travelled’ will take you to new heights hiking up the Ecuadorian volcanoes. Reaching the glacier-covered mountain peaks, you’ll be met with the best views of the Cotopaxi area, especially at sunrise. Not only will you be immersed in the amazing Amazonian scenery, you’ll get to visit some of South America’s most impressive indigenous markets as well as take a relaxing bath in a natural sulphur lake. Finishing the trip with a boat ride around the Galapagos Islands, ‘The Road Less Travelled’ will certainly leave you wanting more!

Day 1 Stay in Baños

Free afternoon and evening in Baños. At 8pm, we will meet with the Road Less Traveled Guide and get all the information for the trip to come. Overnight in Baños at the Backpackers Inn Hostel.

Accommodation:

Hostel Backpackers Inn, Baños

Meals included:

Breakfast and Lunch

Day 2 Travel to Chugchilán

Departure from Baños at 9am, drive to Quilotoa where we first enjoy the impressive view from the edge of the crater and then hike down to the lake that fills the crater of the extinct volcano. We kayak in the lake. For those who don’t feel like hiking the steep path up again there is the possibility to do it on horseback. After having lunch we go on a scenic hike that leads us through the canyon of the Toachi river. Transfer to Chugchilán, a remote village nested in a beautiful Andean landscape. We settle in our rooms at Hostal Cloudforest, a simple but cozy family-run accommodation. Dinner and overnight at the hostel.

Accommodation:

Cloudforest Hostel, Chugchilán

Meals included:

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 3 Travel to Cotopaxi

Follow the Panamerican Highway further north to the Cotopaxi area. At lunch time we arrive at our beautiful accommodation, the Cabañas Los Volcanes, a comfortable lodge located at one of the best spots of this area with amazing views of the Cotopaxi and other extinct volcanoes. We will hike in the area to acclimatize to the altitude. Back at the lodge a warm and cozy fireplace and a delicious dinner await us.

Accommodation:

Cabañas Los Volcanes, Cotopaxi

Meals included:

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 4 Visit the Peguche Waterfalls

An early morning to get the best views of the Cotopaxi at sunrise and then for the drive all the way to the volcano to hike up to the glacier at 4800m altitude (volcanic activity permitting).

If the conditions permit we get the chance to hike further up to the glacier that covers the peak of the Cotopaxi. After this adventure in the high mountains we drive back to the Panamericana and to the northern part of the Andes.

We visit the fascinating Peguche Waterfalls close to the town of Otavalo where we stay at the charming Hostel Valle del Amanecer right in the centre of town.

Accommodation:

Hostal Valle de Amanecer, Otavalo

Meals included:

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 5 See an extinct volcano

After breakfast we explore the Otavalo indigenous markets, one of South America’s most impressive and famous markets.

After lunch, explore more of the northern highlands. From the scenic Mojanda lakes, we see the Fuya Fuya, an extinct volcano of 4275m altitude. After that a drive to Quito, Ecuador’s capital, and check in at the Secret Garden hostel.

Accommodation:

Secret Garden Hostel, Quito

Meals included:

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 6 Walk through an old colonial town

North of the city, at Mitad Del Mundo, we hit the equator line and at the Inti Ñan museum you will experience standing in two different hemispheres. In the afternoon, walk through the old colonial town of Quito. We visit the cathedral and climb the tower, from where you get a breath-taking view over the huge city stretched out in the Andean valley. After a delicious dinner enjoying the view from the roof top terrace at the Secret Garden we begin the coastal part of the tour with an overnight bus ride to the town of Puerto Lopez.

Accommodation:

Overnight bus

Meals included:

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 7 Explore Machalilla Marine Park

After checking in at our hostal, we explore the Machalilla national park and visit the indigenous community of Agua Blanca, an archaeological site that once was the “capital “of the manta culture. After a visit to the museum, hike through forest hat leads to a natural sulphur lake where we take a relaxing bath. At the Hosteria Itapoa, our cabin-style accommodation, we get immersed in the easy-going lifestyle of the beach.

Accommodation:

Hosteria Itapoa, Puerto López

Meals included:

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 8 Sail around the 'Silver Island'

Take a boat and snorkel trip to discover the Machalilla Marine Park and Isla de la Plata, the “Silver Island”, see some of the typical species of the Galapagos Islands like the blue-footed booby. From the boat, dolphins and sea turtles can be seen with some luck!

Accommodation:

Hosteria Itapoa, Puerto López

Meals included:

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 9 Travel home

After a relaxed morning at the beach we leave for Quito and your flight home. On this last day, lunch and dinner are not included.

Meals included:

Breakfast

What’s included?

Accommodation

All accommodation

Transport

All in country transportation

Meals

All meals except Banos free day and drinking water where required

Activities

All activities except where indicated as optional

Materials

All volunteer materials and local builders/assistants

Costs

To secure your place with VESA a non-refundable deposit is payable immediately after you have received notification of your acceptance to participate in the program. The balance or final payment of the program costs is due 45 days before departure.

Non-refundable deposit* USD$200
Final payment** USD$699
Road Less Travelled extension 2020 Total: USD$899
Non-refundable deposit* CAD$200
Final payment** CAD$799
Road Less Travelled extension 2020 Total: CAD$999
Non-refundable deposit* GBP£100
Final payment** GBP£510
Road Less Travelled extension 2020 Total: GBP£610
Non-refundable deposit* EUR€150
Final payment** EUR€549
Road Less Travelled extension 2020 Total: EUR€699
Non-refundable deposit* AUD$200
Final payment** AUD$799
Road Less Travelled extension 2019-2020 Total: AUD$999
Non-refundable deposit* NZD$250
Final payment** NZD$799
Road Less Travelled extension 2019-2020 Total: NZD$1049
* The non-refundable deposit must be paid immediately after you have received notification of your acceptance to participate in the program. ** The final payment of the program costs is due 45 days before departure. * The non-refundable deposit must be paid immediately after you have received notification of your acceptance to participate in the program. ** The final payment of the program costs is due 45 days before departure.

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