Explore Ecuador with Nature and Culture

Each year, Nature and Culture International travels to Ecuador. Our North American Office coordinates the trip with our Ecuadorian offices. It gives friends of Nature and Culture an opportunity to see conservation work first hand.

Sample Itinerary


Day One

Arrive in Quito, Ecuador.

Day Two


Fly to Loja and journey to NCI’s San Francisco Science Station.

Day Three

Take a tour of the Station grounds, meet researchers, and hike the surrounding cloud forest. The afternoon will be spent touring Podocarpus National Park and observing hummingbirds in Copalinga.

Day Four

Depart to visit the Jamboé reserve to see NCI’s achiote project.

Day Five


Travel to the Maycú Reserve and visit traditional Shuar gardens. In the afternoon, a river tour will be given by Shuar guide, Amable Tukupia. We will then visit the Waterfall of the Gods and learn about Shuar traditions.

Day Six

Travel to Loja.

Day Seven

Visit a traditional weaving workshop in Saraguro and learn about Saraguro rituals. We then travel to Cuenca.

Day Eight

We will spend the morning in Cajas National Park. The afternoon will be spent exploring Cuenca. We will then take our flight back to Quito.

Day Nine

Travel from Quito back to the United States.


“Walking under the canopy of the forest is always a thrill. You are deep in the rainforest, there’s life above you, at your eyelevel, and below you.” – Dennis, Summer 2017

“It has been a privilege to be with these committed people. They have such an understanding of the culture, science, and the environment. It’s just been a wonderful personal experience for us and it has enriched us.” – Adrienne, Summer 2017


Interested in learning more?

Contact NCI Development Associate, Jamie Reinhardt at jreinhardt@natureandculture.org for more information.