Snorkeling with sealions, marine iguanas, sea turtles, and penguins (yes, penguins) in the warm waters of the Galapagos Islands. Hiking in the cloud forest, spotting stunning varieties of hummingbirds and orchids. Boating down the Amazon, marveling at the wall of green forest in one of the most intense places on Earth.
Not bad- for a start.
You are pretty much guaranteed to have these (or similar) experiences when you visit Ecuador, one of the most diverse countries on earth. However, an Ecuador Eco-immersion trip with Chill Expeditions truly takes your time in this special place to the next level. Eco-immersion is about connecting the amazing things you see with the people, the food, the music, the history, the biology, the culture, and more to create a cohesive 360 degree travel experience unlike any other.
On Ecuador Adventure Travel with CE, explore the highlands with a local artisan from a tiny quichua speaking village. Spend the night in his home and learn about the biology and history of this mountain settlement, his efforts to preserve centuries old arts and traditions of his village, and how this connects with other local artisans you will meet throughout the country.
During your visit to the Galapagos, bypass the schedule-regimented boat tours and get a real sense of place by staying on the islands. Take as much time as you want exploring the biological wonders of the islands, getting up close and personal with amazing animals, and hearing the stories of locals- including a 96 year old resident who tells tales of the very first permanent settlements on the island.
In the Amazon, stay at a lodge owned and operated by indigenous people, and learn how they are fighting to preserve their culture and incredible natural surroundings against infringement from oil companies. The possibilities for Eco-Immersion are endless- and Chill Expeditions Ecuador Adventure Vacations are customized to truly take you off the beaten path for a travel experience unlike any other-one that is in fact way beyond a vacation!
What does Eco-Immersion in Ecuador mean to you? What connections would you hope make in this spectacular country? Leave a comment and let us know!