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Responsible traveler tour

Ecuador´s first true eco-tour

The Responsible Traveler tour was designed for those with an active interest in genuine eco-tourism, to get off of the beaten path, and closer to nature and local culture.

  • Visit the Guamote tourism development program, set in a small village in the heart of the beautiful Andean mountains.
  • Community tourism experience in Isinlivi, staying at an eco-friendly lodge with organic food.
  • Learn about sustainable agro-tourism at the internationally-recognized Santa Lucia cloud forest reserve.
  • Enjoy stunning views at Quilotoa crater lake, and see local artwork at Tigua village.

Responsible traveler tour


  • 2 passengers
  • $1525 standard
  • 3 passengers
  • $1295 standard
  • 4 passengers
  • $1175 standard
  • 5 passengers
  • $1095 standard
  • 6 passengers
  • $1050 standard


  • DAY 1Quito arrival- Private pickup at the airport, transfer to your hotel. Free time to relax and acclimatize to your new surroundings.
  • DAY 2Early transfer to Guamote + Community experience.
  • DAY 3Free morning to relax (or enjoy the Thursday market) + Transfer to Isinliví.
  • DAY 4Visit Malingua Pamba community & Local family & School.
  • DAY 5Quilotoa Lagoon visit + Tigua art workshop + Transfer back to Quito.
  • DAY 6Transfer to the Cloud Forest + Trekking and a chance to learn about sustainable agroforestry in the area, and visit the tree nursery and reforestation project.
  • DAY 7Visit a handicraft workshop run by women of the local community + Transfer back Quito.
  • DAY 8Private transfer to airport. End tour.

Click below for a more detailed itinerary description, complete with meal and guide inclusions.

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Tour Specifications


  • Accommodation in double / twin rooms (or triple for odd-numbered groups who do not wish to pay any single supplement)
  • Private transport with local Spanish-speaking driver throughout tour
  • Meals as listed in itinerary
  • Activities as listed in itinerary
  • English-speaking guide for community visits


  • International flights
  • Local entry fees
  • Single supplement (applies for a single room for somebody travelling within a group). If you are travelling alone then please ask our staff for a solo traveler price quote.
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips

Tour Dates

  • The activities on day 4 of the itinerary can only be done on weekdays. Your travel agent will be glad to help you prepare your travel schedule accordingly.

What Our Clients Say

David Carrington, UK

We bought into the whole concept of this tour right away as we wanted to get off of the well-beaten tourist paths and really get to know the country. We were certainly not disappointed as each project was fascinating, the locals were really friendly, and the Happy Gringo service was excellent throughout.

Sandra Wright, Australia

What a wonderful idea for a tour this is! We just adored the children in each community and take home many happy memories of our time there. The cheese was delicious!