Ecuador: Indigenous rights, environmental justice and culture

Aug 1 - 12, 2022
Group size: 1 - 20
Ecuador: Indigenous rights, environmental justice and culture

Aug 1 - 12, 2022
Group size: 1 - 20

About this trip

Similar to other countries in South America, Ecuador has traditionally suffered from the so-called "resource curse": poverty and inequality in a land of plentiful natural resources. Despite this fact, Ecuador serves as a model for some of the most far-reaching efforts to provide an ecologically and socially-sustainable economic model.

On a Global Exchange delegation to Ecuador you will meet with local organizations, politicians, journalists, farm workers, and Indigenous communities to speak about the local, regional, and global effects of corporate globalization. These affiliates will introduce you to some of the most successful local and international efforts to bring environmental justice to the Andes and the Amazon. You will explore the diversity of political challenges and successes of Ecuadorians in the highlands and in the Amazon basin as you engage in discussions of food sovereignty, fair trade, intellectual property rights, and indigenous healing methods.

In the northern Amazon region, you will look at the damaging effects of oil and other extractive industries while you experience the breathtaking diversity and beauty of the Amazon rainforest.

You will learn about the historic ongoing court-battle against Chevron and its toxic legacy of oil exploitation.

You will meet with indigenous leaders and healers, and visit ecotourism projects that provide alternatives to extractive industries like oil and logging.

Back in Quito, you will discuss environmental, social, and economic rights with activists and leaders as you uncover the alternatives to "free trade", and learn about movements for integration of South America.

Visit the Municipality of Cotacachi, a United Nations (UNESCO) award-winning township dedicated to sustainability and communal governance.

* This trip is not confirmed until the minimum group size is met. Please do not purchase airfare until you receive confirmation from the Global Exchange coordinator.

* The first and last days of the tour are dedicated primarily to arrivals and departures - please schedule your arriving and departing flights on these days. If you prefer to arrive before or depart after the listed tour dates, we can still arrange airport transportation but keep in mind there will be an extra charge, as drivers are hired per day.


What’s included

  • Double Rooms
  • Single Room Upgrade
    Available for $130 extra
  • In country transport
    Includes airport pick-up and drop-off
  • Prep Reading materials
  • Trip leader
    Yury Guerra, educator and activist from Ecuador, leading Global Exchanges's delegations for 15 years.
  • Two meals a day
  • Admission fees
    to all programmed activities
  • Donations
    To organizations, speakers, communities we visit
  • International airfare
  • Visa or passport fees
  • Items of personal nature
  • Tips
    To guides, drivers, hotel staff, wait staff

Available options

Single Room


Day 1
August 1, Quito

Arrive in Quito and transfer to hotel

Dinner and Introductions 

Overnight at Hotel Ikala

Your Organizer

Global Exchange Reality Tours
The idea that travel can be educational and positively influence international affairs motivated the first Reality Tour in 1988. Global Exchange’s Reality Tours are not designed to provide immediate solutions or remedies to the world’s most intractable problems, nor are they simply a kind of voyeurism. Rather, Reality Tours are meant to educate people about how we, individually and collectively, contribute to global problems, and, then, to suggest ways in which we can contribute to positive change locally and internationally.