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Save Money And Add Value To Your Ecuador Trip

Ecuador is truly a unique place to visit. Its flora and fauna, historical and colonial architecture, internationalized cuisine, and beautiful landscapes make it worth your while to explore. The country is divided into three distinct regions from the Andes Mountains to the Amazon Rainforest, plus an insular region known as the Galapagos Islands. How can you explore Ecuador’s regions on budget? How can you add value to your trip? Find out some tips in this this article.

Find the Best Travel Deals

Ecuador offers plenty of travel deals year-round. Due Ecuador’s investment in tourism marketing, deals can easily be found online, on the radio and TV, at shopping malls and at airports. A useful tip would be to research and make a list of multiple deals then choose the one that best suits your budget.

Another great tip is to look for deals that include airfare, accommodation, food, and all the required fees. These tend to be the most valuable and convenient. Don’t forget to look for packages that include day trips and activities as well. The advertised price may be negotiable and may include extras so ask questions about  pricing, guides, schedule, and transportation. This way, you’ll have a clear understanding of the package.


Volunteering has been scientifically proven to enhance self-esteem and promote happiness. When you help others, not only does it feel good, but you also develop affective bonds with others. Did you know that there is a volunteer program in Ecuador to learn Spanish? It will help you communicate with the people and add an extra skill to your repertoire. This is definitely a great way to add value to your trip.

Yacuma Ecolodge, located in the Amazon Rainforest, was cre­ated with the purpose of contributing to the econ­omy of its host com­mu­nity (mostly indigenous tribes) and pre­serving the natural envi­ron­ment and culture through Sustain­able Tourism. Our Vol­un­teer Pro­gram gives visitors the opportunity to learn from and share expe­ri­ences with a real Ama­zonian com­mu­nity while staying at one of our bungalows. You decide the length of your stay and the day you would like to begin volunteering. The only restriction is that we require a com­mit­ment of 1 month. Learn more about our volunteer programs here.

Go in Groups

Buying a package as a group greatly reduces the cost-per-person. Another advantage is that day trips or tours are done with your own group of friends/family which gives it the feel of a private tour at a much lower price. It would also be less stressful to plan a trip when others are willing to help. Consider traveling in a group, it is fun and exciting, especially when everyone is onboard to discover the culture, architecture and history of a beautiful country like Ecuador.