Ecotourism in Ecuador has grown extremely popular in recent years. To take advantage of this boom many tour agencies and hotels have slapped the prefix “eco” in front of their names in an effort to attract clients. To know if you are really getting the ecological experience that you’ve been promised, check out Ecuador Explorer.com’s definition of “eco”.
Adventure Life Galapagos Eco-Tours – offers Galapagos tours on yachts or land-based multi-sport adventures. Our greatest concern is assisting travelers in selecting quality Galápagos eco-tours & einsuring the uniqueness of Galapagos is preserved for future generations. Part of your travel cost goes directly to grassroots conservation efforts in Galapagos.
Casa Mojanda – A dramatic mountainside inn, organic farm and retreat located above the town of Otavalo in the foothills of Mojanda featuring spacious rammed earth cottages with magnificent mountain vistas. Guests will enjoy the world famous Otavalo crafts market, horse tours, hiking, biking, birding and kayaking the Mojanda Lakes, as well as a large international reading and video library, traditional hot tub, delicious primarily vegetarian meals, children’s activities, and excellent ethno-cultural tours. Casa Mojanda seeks to exert a minimal impact on the natural environment while actively supporting local community traditions and culture as well as projects in rural public health, education and conservation of the Mojanda Lakes paramo, forests and watershed.
El Monte – offers charming riverside cabins in the Cloudforest surrounding Mindo. El Monte, owned by an Ecuadorian-American couple, provides an array of activities including, horseback riding, hiking, swimming in natural pools, birding, and whitewater inner tubing down the Mindo river. At the end of the day savor home-cooking by candlelight and listen to the night sounds of the forest.
Green Horse Ranch – offers horseback rides from 1 to 10 days through many of Ecuador’s most beautiful and biologically diverse areas. Experienced, multi-lingual guides lead all trips and the Ranch’s horses are sensible and people friendly. Green Horse tours start in an ancient volcano near Quito, which is part of a National Park with amazing landscapes and historic sites. Green Horse also offers an optional visit to the Ecuadorian monument La Mitad del Mundo. All tours include full transport, entrance fees and great meals.
La Selva Jungle Lodge – is located high on Lake Garzacocha deep in Ecuador’s Amazon basin, the richest primary forest on earth, and offers you the ultimate in luxury jungle adventures. Create your own itinerary; swim in tranquil lagoons and lakes, fish for piranha, go birdwatching, trek or hike in the jungle, canoe in meandering rivers, or simply enjoy the magnificent views of the rainforest while lying on a hammock. Also, enjoy the Lodge’s gourmet food and its personalized service.
Latin Trails – See, listen, smell, touch and taste Ecuador. Biking, horseback riding, hiking, community stays and yoga. Soft adventures and off the beaten path travel. Focus on custom designed and interactive travel experiences, so you can immerse yourself in Ecuador and the rest of South America, be it a Galapagos cruise, Amazon adventure, Machu Picchu expedition, a Titicaca lake cruise. In Partnership with NGO MCCH (Maquita Cushunchic), most itineraries are community-based and support local cultures, by helping develop sustainable economies through tourism.
Magic River Tours – specializes in canoe tours through the Amazon rainforest. Paddling and hiking through untouched primary rainforest with expert bilingual guides (both English and German) is a “must do” for birders and wildlife lovers. Magic River provides accommodations in cozy, rustic cabins, and uses state of the art camping and canoe equipment.
Sacha Lodge – is an ecotourist´s dream. Primary Amazon Rainforest, a birdwatching tower, a butterfly nursery, an extensive network of trails and comfortable accommodation make Sacha Lodge one of the world´s premier eco-lodges.
Updated June 8 2016