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Trek the Andes in Ecuador 2023

Challenge level: 4 out of 5

When can I go?

6 September - 16 September 2023 On Sale
Duration 11 days

What does it cost?

Registration fee (payable today) Info $448
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Trek the Andes in Ecuador 2023

Prepare to lose your breath over the mighty climbs and dazzling panoramas on this epic trek in the Ecuadorian Andes. We'll trek at the centre of the Earth, explore some of the world's highest volcanoes, and trek in the extraordinary Toachi River canyon.

Not only does this life-changing Dream Challenge push you literally to the peak, but it also gives you the fantastic chance to raise vital funds and awareness for the charity that means the most to you.

We'll trek in the footsteps of the famous naturalist Alexander von Humboldt, immerse ourselves in the local culture, and visit the innovative farms nestled in the Andes. We'll also get the unique opportunities to marvel at the unique beauty of the Quillotoa crater, take an optional kayak on the lagoon, and soothe our aching limbs in the Papallacta hot springs by the Antisana volcano.

If ypou don't want your enthralling Andean adventure to end, why not join our spectacular optional extension package? Whilst the rest of the group heads home, you can spend a few days island hopping in the Galapagos, visit Darwin’s research station and explore the mind-boggling variety of wildlife in the ocean.

We'll reveal the full details and our full expertly-crafted itinerary very soon.

Want more time to prepare? Join our group for Trek the Andes in Ecuador 2024.

Your itinerary

Days 1&2
UK – Quito, Ecuador

We begin our adventure at the airport in London, where we meet as a group and catch our flight to Quito, the vibrant capital city of Ecuador. Our awesome local guide welcomes us upon our arrival in Ecuador and we transfer together to our hotel in the city. After a long journey, we enjoy a relaxed evening, with a Welcome Dinner and a great night's sleep.

Waking up to breakfast at the hotel on Day 2, we're well rested and raring to explore the wonders of Quito. Our local guide treats us to a fantastic tour of the city, including the 17th Century World Heritage Site of the Old Town and the fascinating Middle of the World (La Mitad del Mundo) monument, a shrine dedicated to the four corners of the world. As if this isn't enough, we also get unparalleled panoramas over the bright city of Quito and its surroundings on a cable car ride.

Day 3
Pasochoa – Porvenir

We enjoy another relaxing day of sightseeing, as we head to Pasochoa, a scenic extinct volcano in the Andes, which offers magnificent views over the mountains and valleys that we'll soon be trekking in! Next, we explore the treasure of Porvenir, before heading to our accommodation to rest up before we begin our trek tomorrow.

Day 4
Cotopaxi National Park – Trekking Limpiopungo

A beautiful day of trekking awaits! Lacing up our hiking boots in the Cotopaxi National Park, we follow scenic trails through the Andes and trek in the famous Avenue of the Volcanoes. With imposing peaks towering over us, we make our way on tough terrain to the awesome Limpiopungo Lagoon (12,400ft/3,800m above sea level). With shining, turquoise waters and shimmering reflections of the volcanoes surrounding it, this natural splendour is a rewarding sight for our sore thighs!

We'll reveal the full details and our full expertly-crafted itinerary very soon.

Day 5
Cotopaxi – Sigchos – Isinivi

Are you ready to explore more of the amazing Andes? Today sees us trekking further through the mountains, reaching dizzying heights for sublime views across the mountain range. Heading first to Sigchos, we end our day in Isinivi.

We'll reveal the full details and our full expertly-crafted itinerary very soon.

Day 6
Isinivi – Chugchilan

Fuelling up with breakfast, we embark on another extraordinary day of trekking in the Andes from Isinivi to Chugchilan. 

We'll reveal the full details and our full expertly-crafted itinerary very soon.

Day 7
Chugchilan – Quilotoa

We explore more of Chugchilan today, hiking through an endless sea of green mountains. We follow snaking trails and encounter few people that venture this high on the planet. Our day of trekking finishes in the spectacular area of Quilotoa, nestled in Ecuador’s Western Cordillera.

We'll reveal the full details and our full expertly-crafted itinerary very soon.

Day 8
Quilotoa Viewpoint – Quito

Rise and shine to our final day of hiking! Today's trek might be the best yet and that's saying something! After breakfast, we set off on the ancient trails through Quilotoa and finally reach the paradise of the Quilotoa Crater Lake. Formed by a volcanic eruption over 800 years ago, the lagoon is a natural wonder of electric-blue water, which seems even brighter next to the grey rims of the volcano.

Needless to say, it makes the perfect finishing point for our charity challenge! Filled with an unbeatable sense of achievement, we relax and admire the lagoon from the Quilotoa Viewpoint. You can also take this chance to kayak in the turquoise waters or simply kick back and rest your legs after an epic trek!

We finish the day with a transfer back to Quito and a fantastic Celebration Dinner to toast our incredible accomplishment.

We'll reveal the full details and our full expertly-crafted itinerary very soon.

Day 9
Quito OR optional 4-day Galapagos Island-Hopping Extension

Today is free for you to spend as you wish, exploring the bustling markets and stunning sites of Quito or relaxing at the hotel.

To give you maximum flexibility on this free day, lunch and dinner are not included, so please take arrange these yourself — a great chance to try out some of the city's brilliant eating establishments.

Alternatively, you can head to the paradise of the Galapagos on the amazing — we're organising.

Instead of staying in Quito on Day 9 and flying home on Days 10 & 11 with the main group, our trusted local partner in Ecuador will take you to the Galapagos to spend four days exploring several of its mesmerising, tropical islands. With crystal-clear shores, white-sand beaches and the chance to look out for sea turtles, these islands will instantly capture your heart and soul — you'll never want to leave!

You'll then fly back to the UK on an arranged flight on Day 12, arriving in London on Day 13.

We’ll release the full details of this optional extension, including the price and how to book, closer to the challenge.

Days 10 & 11
Quito — UK

After a well-deserved long lie and breakfast at our hotel, we transfer to the airport for our overnight flight home. Touching down in London on Day 11, we say goodbye and you make your own way home.

OR if you have opted to take part in our 4-day Galapagos Island extension package, you'll be in paradise on Earth, island-hopping and soaking up the sun on the secluded beaches. You'll fly back to the UK on an arranged flight on Day 12, arriving in London on Day 13. We’ll release the full details of this optional extension, including the price and how to book, closer to the challenge.

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Funding options

Self Funded

Pay the registration fee (£399) and challenge costs (£1,950) + airport taxes/fuel surcharge (capped at £475).

$2,925

Pay the balance

  • Pay a non-refundable registration fee of £399, which is used to administer the challenge and secure your seats with the airline.
  • Pay the challenge costs of £1,950 yourself 12 weeks before your challenge starts.
  • The challenge costs cover flights (excluding airport taxes and fuel surcharge, capped at £475), food, accommodation, transfers and luggage transportation, entry fees, guided tour of Quito, cable car ride, guides, and medical support, including a UK-registered doctor with expedition medicine training.
  • Please also remember to budget for airport taxes and fuel surcharge. These won't be covered in the challenge costs so you'll need to pay them separately (capped at £475).
  • Choose to fundraise as much as you can for the charity, hospice or animal sanctuary of your choice or make a personal donation.
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Sponsorship

Pay your registration fee (£399) and airport taxes/fuel surcharge (capped at £475), and fundraise £3,900 or more for your chosen charity.

$5,850

Minimum sponsorship target

  • Pay a non-refundable registration fee of £399, which is used to administer the challenge and secure your seats with the airline.
  • Fundraise the minimum sponsorship target of £3,900 for a charity, hospice or animal sanctuary of your choice at least 12 weeks before your challenge.
  • Providing you have raised the funds, the charity you are supporting will pay the challenge costs of £1,950 on your behalf.
  • The challenge costs cover flights (excluding airport taxes and fuel surcharge, capped at £475), food, accommodation, transfers and luggage transportation, entry fees, guided tour of Quito, cable car ride, guides, and medical support, including a UK-registered doctor with expedition medicine training.
  • Please also remember to budget for your airport taxes and fuel surcharge. These won't be covered in the challenge costs so you'll need to pay them separately (capped at £475).
  • Please note that not all charities are happy to commit to the minimum sponsorship option. If you choose this option, we contact the charity you want to support on your behalf. If they are not happy with the minimum sponsorship option, we’ll let you know as soon as possible.
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FAQs
Trek the Andes in Ecuador 2023

Our charity trek in the Ecuadorian Andes is not about living in the gym. Loads of people who sign up for our non-competitive charity challenges have low levels of fitness when they register. The point is to train, do your best, and reach your fitness goal while making a big difference for the charity that means the most to you.

That said, we strongly recommend you train for the trekking challenge. We'll face long days on our feet, encounter steep climbs in the mountains and tackle a lot of uneven terrains. Please invest in a pair of quality hiking boots with ankle support to wear during your training and on your trek in Ecuador, as these are essential for walking on uneven terrain. We also recommend incorporating hills in your training treks.

Our supportive challenge guides and community spirit will help you conquer the trek of a lifetime. You're also likely to improve your mental health and well-being.

Once you register for Trek the Andes in Ecuador, we'll send you a realistic training plan. This builds up gradually over time so you'll be ready and raring to go by the time we depart for Ecuador. You can also check out our top trekking tips here and our indoor training ideas for the days you don't feel like facing the weather!

Everyone who is at least 18 years old by the departure date is more than welcome to join our trekking challenge in the Andes of Ecuador. We'll have adults of all ages taking part to achieve something awesome for charity — one of the many things that make our challenges so special!

If you would like someone under the age of 18 to join you on our trek, please contact us to discuss (01590 646410 or bookings@dream-challenges.com, Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm).

Your non-refundable registration fee of £399 per person is used to administer the challenge.

Your challenge costs of £1,950 (ie. 50% of the fundraising target if you choose the Sponsorship option) cover:

  • Your flights (not including airport taxes and the fuel surcharge, capped at £475).
  • Meals throughout the challenge in Ecuador, except lunch and dinner on your free day on Day 9.
  • Accommodation.
  • Guided tour of Quito.
  • Day tour of Pasochoa and Porvenir, including a cable car ride.
  • All transfers and luggage transportation in Ecuador.
  • A team of awesome, outdoor remote first aid trained guides and Dream Challenges staff.
  • Full support from the Dream Challenges office in the lead-up to and during your challenge.
    Medical and mechanical support, including a UK doctor with expedition medicine training, who will accompany us throughout the challenge.
  • Your Trek the Andes in Ecuador medal.

You will need a pair of quality walking boots with ankle support — these are essential for trekking on uneven terrain. Please also bring a 2-litre water bottle.

We'll supply you with a full kit list for your overseas trekking challenge well before we leave for Ecuador.

In addition to paying your registration fee (£399) and your challenge costs (£1,950), you'll need to budget for your:

  • Travel to and from the airport in the UK.
  • Your airport taxes and fuel surcharge (capped at £475).
  • Personal travel insurance.
  • Gratuities.
  • Personal expenses.
  • Lunch and dinner on Day 9.
  • You may also pay for a place on our optional 4-day island-hopping extension package in the Galapagos Islands.

Absolutely! If you want to spend longer in this stunning slice of paradise, why not jump on our optional Galapagos Islands extension package (not included in challenge costs)?

On Day 9, our trusted local partner in Ecuador will take you to the amazing Galapagos Islands. You'll spend four days island-hopping in paradise and soaking up the sun on the white-sand beaches of the Galapagos. Then on Day 12, you'll be transported to the airport for your arranged flight home, arriving in the UK on Day 13. We'll send you the full details, including the price, once you're registered for the challenge.

If you'd like to book a place on the optional extension for an additional price, please give us a call on 01590 646410 (Monday-Friday, 9 am-5 pm) or email us at bookings@dream-challenges.com at least 17 weeks before the challenge and we'll be happy to help.

Alternatively, if you would like to extend your stay in Ecuador, but would not like to partake in the optional extension, we can arrange this for you. Please get in touch on the email or phone number above to discuss your options at least 17 weeks before the challenge.

Our Dream Challenges are renowned for their camaraderie, but we find that the strongest bonds are formed in smaller groups. We'll travel in a group of around 20-30 people and you're likely to make friends for life! 

Travel Insurance
You will need to take out your own personal travel insurance covering health, accident, loss and repatriation. Please arrange your insurance as soon as you can after you sign up to ensure you have coverage for your booking as well as the challenge.

In your Welcome Pack, you will receive information about an insurance provider that specialises in our type of overseas challenges and also covers you for cancellation due to medically-diagnosed COVID-19.

You can, however, take out your own insurance, providing it covers you for a charity trek in Ecuador. Please ask the insurer about the nature of the cover. It is your responsibility to ensure you have adequate coverage for your challenge.

Please ask the insurer about the nature of the cover. It is your responsibility to ensure you have adequate coverage for your charity trek.

Visa
British passport holders currently don't need a tourist visa for Ecuador. We will let you know if this changes before our trek.

As we're not medically trained, we're afraid we can't offer you advice on this. We recommend you contact your GP or your local travel clinic, who will have the latest travel health advice.

We also recommend you visit the NHS Fit for Travel website here, to keep up to date with current travel health news and advice on staying healthy abroad.

NHS Fit for Travel website: https://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/home

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