Ecuador is one of the smallest countries in South America, roughly equal in size to Colorado or the UK, but home to a huge diversity of climates, flora and fauna and indigenous cultures. Snow-capped volcanoes rub shoulders with the Amazon rainforest and Pacific beaches, and are a short hop from the unforgettable Galapagos Archipelago. Simply stunning but amongst all of this are over 17 different cultures who have had to adapt to these ecological and at times harsh environments, living alongside a myriad of unique bird, animal and plant species.
The over management is organised by Emma Morgan who runs her own travel company in Ecuador called Original Ecuador. Originally from the UK, Emma organised and led her first trip to Ecuador for a group of British teachers back in 1999, whilst working at the Swansea Environment Centre in South Wales.
After meeting her Ecuadorian husband, Emma finally came to live in Ecuador in 2002 and now has over 15 years of experience working in the Ecuadorian tourism industry. In this time, she has gained extensive knowledge leading, developing & running active tours across Ecuador & the Galapagos. Emma is passionate about Ecuador and especially enjoys visiting the Galapagos and the cloud forest. On weekends she loves to explore the different regions and activities that Ecuador has to offer with her husband Andres and their teenage daughter Emilia.
Emma is overall in charge of the program, but you will have one of Emma’s bi-lingual local and fun guides escorting you until you leave for the Galapagos.
In the Galapagos Geovanni Sarugu takes over. Geovanni is the visionary behind the Hacienda Tranquila which aims to restore the environment and support the community.He is eternally grateful for the time and energy our volunteers give to make his vision possible.