25 Day Ecuador and Galapagos Community Service Program for teens who want to spend a big part of their summer exploring remote destinations such as the Galapagos Islands while helping orphans, painting schools and planting trees as community service projects. The ideal age for this trip is from 13 to 17. This a group tour, our travel director with chaperons will meet participants at major hub airports in the United States to begin the journey, be with them 24/7 and return the same way. Our programs are safe, educational and fun!
ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: San Cristobal Interpretation Center, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal, Galapagos IslandsITINERARYDay 1Fly to QuitoOvernight in QuitoDay 2Full day Quito City Tour including the Old Town City, Panecillo view point, Mitad del Mundo, Intinan museum, and Pululahua crater.Overnight in QuitoDay 3Begin your Community Service in the Orphanage center.Overnight in QuitoDay 4Return to continue working at the Orphanage.Overnight in QuitoDay 5Zip-line canopyRiver tubingOvernight in QuitoDay 6Last day of community service in the orphanage.Teleferiqo cable cart for an overview of the cityOvernight in QuitoDay 7Travel to the Andes region, home to the Cotopaxi volcano, the highest active volcano in the world.Continue south and get to the Quilotoa lake, a picturesque old extinct volcano, hike for 3 hours.Overnight in ToacasoDay 8Continue working at the local school.Return to the hotel for a bonfire in the evening.Overnight in ToacasoDay 9Journey to the Amazon Rain Forest. The scenic drive where you will see drastic landscape changes takes 6 hours with various stops along the way.Arrive at the Napo river bank and take a motor canoe to the Hotel. Check in and get ready for your night excursion.Meet with the community leader for an overview about the community service projects.Overnight in the jungleDay 10Take a canoe ride with a local tour guide to visit an animal rescue center. Take a refreshing river tube ride followed by lunch and begin your community service work.Overnight in the jungleDay 11Continue with your community service work in the morning. Afterwards, you have time to swim and hike in the jungle.Return to the hotel for lunch.In the evening, members from the community will come to the hotel to present to you their dance, music and food.Overnight in the jungleDay 12Scenic drive to Baños, a city for adventure and fun.Overnight in BañosDay 13White-water rafting adventure.At night enjoy karaoke.Overnight in BañosDay 14Today you will explore and hike to the most beautiful waterfalls including the Pailon del Diablo.Disco nightOvernight in BañosDay 15Travel back to Quito.Bowling followed by dinnerOvernight in QuitoDay 16Otavalo indigenous experience.Travel to Otavalo Poncho Plaza market, the most colorful indigenous market for shopping followed by a visit to the family for food, music, dance and music.Overnight in QuitoDay 17Fly to the Galapagos IslandsMeet your naturalistic guides and go to Tijeretas for a refreshing snorkel activity after the introduction to the history and formation of the Islands.Overnight in San CristobalDay 18Begin your work at the school, we will continue working on the playground improvements and sharing with students by playing basketball and soccer.Overnight in San CristobalDay 19Continue working on the school and enjoy the evening in Playa Mann within walking distance from your hotel.Overnight in San CristobalDay 20Kicker Rock full day Cerro BrujoOvernight in San CristobalDay 21Navigate to Santa Cruz Island. Upon arrival visit the Charles Darwin Center. Overnight in Santa CruzDay 22Galapagos giant tortoises viewing, not turtle, tortoise. Your naturalistic tour guide will share more interesting information. Begin your reforestation project.Overnight in Santa CruzDay 23Return to the reforestation locationOvernight in Santa CruzDay 24Santa CruzTortuga Bay hike, a white sanded beach where you will be able to play sports, or do kayak.Overnight in Santa CruzDay 25HomeFly back to Quito, and home.Duration: 25 days