Cloud Forest and Coffee Farms

Quito, Ecuador

About this trip

EXPLORE THE MIGHTY ANDES MOUNTAINS, LUSH, GREEN CLOUD FORESTS, AND CLOSE KNIT RURAL COMMUNITY LIFE

Program focus: language and cultural exchange, service, conservation, rural community life, coffee, outdoor adventure.

The Adventure:

On this 8 day adventure we will visit 4 distinct regions and have the opportunity to participate in service projects, coffee farming, and ample outdoor adventures.  

Our journey begins in Quito, the capital of Ecuador and the best preserved colonial city in all of South America.  Here we will tour the historical sites of the city and also get a taste of modern urban life with a salsa dance class. 


From Quito we venture north, deep into the Andes Mountains.  Here we will stay in a small mountain village consisting of 50 families who have self-organized to create a massive nature preserve and community based micro-businesses.  We will participate in various service projects depending on the needs of the community at the time of our visit, and will have the opportunity to help make fresh cheese and marmalades from milk and fruit that we harvest ourselves.  


We will then descend to the altitude sweet spot for coffee cultivation and tour a picturesque coffee farm where we will participate in every step of the coffee production process.  

We will finish our journey in the small cloud forest town of Mindo where we will tube down a rushing river, go on a chocolate tour, and interact with thousands of exotic butterflies--amongst other activities.  This is an unforgettable trip in a compact package. 

What’s included

  • Transportation
    In Country
  • Certified Guides
    Specialized and trained in wilderness medicine
  • Tour Leader
    Bilingual WFR
  • All Meals
  • Accomodation
  • Entrance fees
  • Activities
  • Emergency Contact
    In Country 24/7
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips
  • Personal expenses
  • Flights to Ecuador

Available Packages

Individual Price
12 left
$1300
Deposit: $325

Available options

Horseback Riding12 left
$200
Bike Riding12 left
$200

Itinerary

Day 1
Arrival

Upon arrival at the Quito airport, you will be met by your Trip Leader and taken via private transport to a hotel near Quito’s historical center.  

Your Organizer


HN
Human Nature Expeditions
Human Nature offers authentic expeditions that immerse participants in the dynamic histories, cultures, and environments of a destination. Connecting Humans to Humans, Humans to Nature, while exploring Human Nature.

Reviews

Mi hija estuvo muy contenta en el viaje, le encanto la comida y poder ayudar en la cocina.
By Claudia T for QUILOTOA--Discover Ecuador on 22 Feb, 2020
I had a good time on the 6th grade trip. It was harder than I expected it to be because the hike had more rugged terrain and the walk to the restaurant up to the restaurant was harder than expected. I wouldn't change anything, I would let people know. I think it would also be a good idea to inform people that in the morning and at night it is very cold so they should bring warm clothing and sweatshirts. The showers are freezing, so I am glad that I brought baby-wipes because it was my main cleaning sources. I am glad I brought bug repellant because there were a lot of bugs. The food was really really good. I especially liked the fish. I liked learning how to make jam and cheese because it was very tasty. I think next year they should improve the tents because we were getting bug bites inside at night. I liked that we had another place to put our bags. The cabin situation was good for people who hadn't slept outdoors before. I wish we had more time to spend with the people in Yungilla - an activity to interact.
By Phillip F for Cotopaxi 6th Grade Trip on 06 Oct, 2019
It was a great time because all of the activities were fun and I learned a lot of new things. Although it rained every night, the camping was good because the tents were very waterproof and none of our stuff got wet. The food was great. I especially liked that there were local foods to try. I wish there was a little more break time because we did a lot of work throughout the day and we were exhausted. I think all of the activities were good (leadership, the river, service learning), but I would have liked to see more of the area and the culture of the Tsa'chilla.
By Phillip F for Cotopaxi 8th Grade Trip on 06 Oct, 2019