Destination – Ecuador

With No Barriers Youth

No Barriers Youth offers a wide array of experiences to match Ecuador’s natural diversity. Hike through the rainforest and visit a biological research station where scientists are documenting thousands of plant and animal species. Students can also:

  • Retrace Darwin’s footsteps and observe an abundance of wildlife up close on the famous Galápagos Islands
  • Step into the daily life of a self-sustaining community in the Andes by helping them on a variety of projects: organic farming, bread-making, cheese-making, and other agroforestry projects
  • Meet students at a vocational school in the middle of the Amazon rainforest, committed to ending poverty in Ecuador through education
  • Participate in a traditional cleansing ceremony led by a local medicine man


ECUADOR straddles the equator from which it gets its name. The capital city of Quito is a UNESCO World Heritage site for having the best preserved and least altered historic center in all of Latin America. Culturally rich, with large indigenous communities both in the highlands of the Andes as well as the Amazon basin, Ecuador is also a nature lover’s dream with a huge variety of bird, animal and plant species. On the unforgettable Galápagos Islands, animals with no instinctual fear of humans will approach you. Nowhere else in South America will you find so much cultural, geographic, and natural diversity in such a small country.


Culture and Cloud Forests in Ecuador

8 Days | All Inclusive | Sample Itinerary | Inquire for quote

Day 1: Depart and arrive in Quito


  • Fly from your home gateway to Quito, Ecuador!


  • You will be met at the airport by your No Barriers Expedition Leader and local guide, who will then transport you to the hotel and help to get the group checked-in.

Day 2: Quito's Colonial Center / Salsa Dancing


  • Breakfast at the hotel followed by a team-building activity and expedition orientation.
  • Tour of Quito’s colonial center (La Compañía church, Church of San Francisco)


  • After lunch, spend the afternoon learning how to Salsa dance with a local instructor.  


  • Critical-thinking exercise with time to rest and reflect after dinner.

Day 3: Adventure / Chocolate / Mindo


  • Breakfast at the hotel followed by a visit to the beautiful cloud forests of Mindo.


  • After lunch, choose between 2 different activities – visiting a local chocolate farm and small scale factory or explore the waterfall sanctuary deep in the cloud forest.  To get to the waterfall sanctuary trailhead, you will get a bird’s eye view of the lush, forested mountains as you soar high above a tropical valley in an open air cable tram.   


  • Dinner and relaxing  at the cabins in the small town of Mindo after a full day of adventure.

Day 4: Cloud Forest Community / Engagement Projects


  • Transfer to and orientation of the cloud forest community of Yunguilla.
  • Meet local families and learn about the meaningful engagement projects.


  • Rotate between available projects – small organic farming, production of cheeses and crafts, reforestation, and lodge/campground improvements.


  • Enjoy time immersed in the community, practicing Spanish and playing sports with the local children.
  • Overnight in either the rustic lodge or campsite (depending on your exact group size).

Day 5: Continue Community Engagement


  • Continue work to sustain and enrich the community with small groups of students rotating between projects.


  • Time spent with community learning to cook traditional foods with new friends.
  • Overnight in either the rustic lodge or campsite (depending on your exact group size).

Day 6: Zero Latitude / Intinan Museum


  • Morning spent in Yunguilla village – last chance to interact with the locals.  Enjoy lunch in the community before packing up and getting ready for your afternoon visit to the equator!


  • Travel to zero degrees latitude and visit the Intinan Museum.  


  • Transfer to Quito for dinner and overnight in Quito.

Day 7: Artisan Market / Botanical Gardens

Morning/ Afternoon

  • Visit Quito’s artisan market in the vibrant Mariscal region. Enjoy the market experience and load up on artisan crafts to share your experience with friends and family back home!
  • Explore Quito’s Botanical Gardens


  • Final dinner and closing ceremonies in the town of Cumbaya
  • Airport drop off in the late evening for your red eye flight home.

Day 8: Arrive Home


  • Arrive home transformed and excited to share your experiences.

Getting immersed in the culture of India and getting to know and love the children was the greatest. When the students would cling to me at the end of class, and tell me how much they enjoyed having me there was heartbreaking.

Rachel W., Student

There is so much life, happening all the time. It's crazy to think that, after only three weeks, I feel like I've become accustomed to so much of how the world move.

Saul S., Student

I just wanted to take a moment to formally thank you for another unbelievable and life changing trip. No Barriers Youth made it all possible and took the guesswork out of a potentially nerve wracking and complicated task.

Amanda W., Trip Leader

“Every journey starts with a single step.”

– Confucius

Facts & Figures

Capital: Quito
Population: 15,654,411
Special Note: Ecuador has one of the greatest densities of volcanoes in the world.

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