Home to the vacation hotspot, The Galapagos Archipelago, Ecuador is truly a travel wonderland that has much in store for the wanderer in you! Though the smallest Andean nation, it has its fair share of travel adventures to keep you giddy with excitement on your gap year. Almost half of the nation is covered in Amazonian Forest which offers up hair-raising experiences like rainforest walks and treks for you spirited travelers. And if your gap year wanderlist has cultural immersion written all over it, then Quito, the nation’s capital would be the place for you to take a walk through the country’s rich colonial past and see how present culture has meshed with it. Learn Spanish, taste the awesome local food or simply get lost in the amazing adventures- say ‘Yes’ to a gap year in Ecuador!
Has the Galapagos been on your checklist since forever? Well, we won't be surprised if you say 'yes'! Ecuador truly is one of the most beautiful countries in the world, located on South America's West Coast. If you are planning to spend your gap year on this continent, then you must make sure to spend a few weeks (if not months!) in Ecuador and experience the best that the country has to offer. Whether it's about volunteering for the wildlife conservation projects or just wandering across the Amazon rainforests or diving deep into the water to get closer to the marine life - nothing in this country will ever bore you! So get ready to have your share of adventure tonic and buckle up for the amazing journey ahead.
Gap Year in Ecuador
Volunteering in Ecuador
Volunteering in Ecuador could really turn out to be a life-changing experience for you! You can make a deep impact in the lives of some underprivileged children working either as a soccer coach or an English teacher in Quito. But if you wanna stray far off from the city life, how about volunteering at an animal rescue center in the Amazon. Yes! Work in close proximity with about 40 species of animals and birds at the rescue center in Puno and become an integral part of their daily routine. Once done with this fantastic job you can add another experience to keep and head straight to the Galapagos Archipelago with us for a beach retreat. We’re all about impacting the community in Ecuador for a better tomorrow, Are you?
Tours in Ecuador
This postcard pretty country nestled right between Colombia and Peru makes it possible for eager gappers to tick off 3 countries off their list in a go. But if a year-long break is not what time permits to you, worry not, together we can still make it happen! How? Our adventure tours in Latin America are all about giving travelers a taste of this adventure-filled beauteous continent, and the wonderful marine life, fantastic biodiversity and dazzling natural wonders of Ecuador puts it right at the top of our list! Explore the amazing underwater world or get lost in the bounty of adventure up in the rugged volcanoes or thick rainforest trails. Take in this adrenaline rush with a side of yum Ecuadorian dishes, friendly local people and stunning scenic beauty- Pull your socks up and get ready for an all-out experience in Ecuador!
Citizens of the countries of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, the People’s Republic of China and Somalia will need to acquire a visa (12-X) for entering and traveling in Ecuador. Many nationalities will receive a tourist card upon entering Ecuador which will be valid for a period of 90 days. It should also be kept in mind that whether you’re entering on a tourist card or a visa you will be allowed to visit and stay in Ecuador for a maximum period of 90 days in a year. You should confirm all the necessary visa information from the Ecuadorian embassy in your country nearest to you.
Whatever suits you best! It’s completely your choice whether you want to go for a soul-searching solo adventure or some roof-raising time with your bunch of BFFs, or have a romantic getaway with your partner- our programs will accommodate you in any which way. If you are coming in a group of more than 5, we can also provide you with customized packages as well as amazing discounts.
Most of our adventure tours do not have a single supplement. This means that accommodation will be provided on a twin sharing basis, and if you are traveling alone, you’ll be sharing a room with another one of GDA’s traveler of the same sex. What could be better than bonding with your new travel mates and making amazing new friends along the way of your journey?
Some tours have optional single supplement for couples and solo travelers and a private room can be availed at an extra cost. The cost and details vary by trip so we suggest you to get in touch with your coordinators regarding the same beforehand.
If you’re traveling alone you’ll find some awesome travel mates along the way, and if you’re coming in a group, then you’ll get a chance to add a few more crazy adventurers into your gang. In case you want to get in touch with others who are traveling to Ecuador, you can join our Facebook Group and chitchat with your fellow travelers!
You need to buy your Medical and Travel Insurance before setting out for your trip. GDA also provides the insurance facilities, at an additional cost.
We advise our participants to get in touch with their physicians regarding vaccination requirements and get the ones as instructed. Apart from routine vaccines, like your yearly flu shot, Varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, MMR vaccine it is recommended to take shots for Hepatitis A&B, Typhoid, Malaria, and Rabies for traveling in Ecuador. Yellow Fever is a risk in Ecuador and it is a must to get a Yellow Fever vaccine before leaving for Ecuador.
You will need to carry extra money for personal expenses, add-on tours, eating out while traveling in Ecuador. For basic personal expenses, a budget of 25-35 USD per week is more than sufficient barring the extra costs of add-on activities. If you’re planning on using credit/debit card in Ecuador, it is advised to let your bank know about your travels beforehand so that they don’t suspicious of your account activity. We also advise all our participants to keep an emergency fund of 200 USD only to be used in case of any emergencies, if one arises.
You will be on the move a lot so our advice for you is to pack light. Casual wear and layering is generally the way to go when you’re visiting Ecuador. The main two seasons are the Dry season which runs from June-September and the rainy seasons which runs through the months of January-May. Lightweight, loose-fitting clothes in mild colors are the best options for the dry season. The same added with a light sweater and rain jackets would be good for the rainy season as well. During the shoulder season of October-November Ecuador experiences cooler temperatures and heavy showers so do consider packing in your rain gear if you want to avoid the splish-splash!
Yes! We always advise our travelers to get some pre-nights and post-nights booking done if they want to explore more upon arrival or continue with their travels after the tour ends. In most cases, we can arrange additional accommodation at our starting or ending hotels, excluding European tours. If we are unable to provide you with the extra nights we will give you the name of a hotel you can contact directly. Please also note that extra accommodations must be booked outside of 30 days of departure.
Most of our adventures, apart from the volunteering programs do not include Airport transfers. We advise our travelers to arrange for a Taxi on Arrival as it is the most economical and efficient way to go about this. If you would prefer a pre-arranged transfer, we can provide the same for you at an additional cost from your point of Arrival. Do get in touch with your coordinators for more information.