The region's best bargain for travelers is this non-profit
organization which collects and makes available to its members
up-to-date, reliable information about South America. It is
a must-stop resource center for anthropologists, activists,
journalists and other professionals. Visit their offices in
Quito at Jorge Washington 311 y Leonidas Plaza, Mariscal Sucre;
Phone: (593 2) 225-228; Web: http://www.samexplo.org/
Probably the continent's foremost advocate of indigenous issues.
It publishes books, as well as running the Museo Amazonico
in Quito, and working for indigenous rights.
Av. 12 de Octubre 1430 y Wilson, Quito
Tel (022) 562633, 506247- FAX (022) 506255
Cloud Forest Reserve
tel/fax (022) 232313 or 901536
Jorge Washington E7-23 between 6 de Diciembre and Reina Victoria,Quito
Although a private eco-lodge near Mindo, it is involved
in many conservation projects and also runs a volunteer programme.
de la Niña Trabajadora - CENIT
tel/fax (022) 265-4260
Calle Huacho 150 y Jose Peralta,
Contact Person: Byron Salvatierra
CENIT is dedicated to helping working and street children
and their families--with a special focus on girls and women.
The non-profit, non-governmental organization works with local
community and international volunteers to empower individuals
to improve their quality
of life and to serve as agents of change in their society.
They have a daycare center, a primary school, a drop-in tutoring
center, a vocational high
school, a street outreach program, and adult education program
and a weekly medical service.
(593) 2 256 4840 or (593) 2 255 0208
Av. Amazonas N21-217 y Roca
Ecotrackers Network Foundation offers volunteers short-term and long-term opportunities to offer their time and services to local cultural and environmental tourism projects throughout Ecuador. From the coast to the sierra, cloud forests and rain forests Ecotrackers Foundation works with indigenous communities to develop sustainable alternatives that protect cultural and ecological biodiversity. Spanish classes from our Quito office prepare volunteers, and are tailored to those in the social and environmental sciences.
tel (07) 577449 e-mail
Segundo Cueva Celi 03-15, Loja.
Works on projects in
the Podocarpus National Park, and can also give good
information for visiting. Contact also the the Ministerio
del Ambiente headquarters tel (07) 563131 on Sucre between
Imbabura and Quito, Loja.
contact Piet Sabbe, Cerro Golondrinas Project Coordinator
tel (022) 226602 fax (022) 566076
An Ecuadorian NGO active in conservation work in the Páramo
El Angel area close to Tulcán on the Colombian
border. It organizes treks from the village of El Angel up
to the páramo.
Maquita Cushunchic (MCCH)
- The group has a gift store in Quito that sells artesania
at resonable prices and they have a brochure that states they
are developing ecotourism and responsible tourism projects.
Tel (022) 447341 to 4
Av. America 5653 and Voz Andes
Ecuador's largest environmental NGO
tel (042) 416975 or 417004
Edificio Promocentro, Cuenca and Eloy Alfaro, Guayaquil
Works in Bosque Protector Cerro Blanco, and other reserves
close to the city. It can supply information
about parks and provide guided tours.
Global Volunteer Network
Runs all sorts of environmental projects across Ecuador.
tel (022) 432240 or 432173 fax (022) 453583
Jatun Sacha (Big Forest) Biological Reserve near Misahualli,
a 2,000-hectare (5,000-acre) tropical wet forest, is one of
the most biologically-diverse tropical areas on earth. No
less than 532 bird species have been recorded in the reserve
along with 863 butterflies and more than 2,500 plant species.
Scientific staff and student researchers from Ecuador and
overseas help with reforestation and agroforestry projects
as well as in the Amazon Plant Conservation Center. It's a
race against time to save the surrounding forest from ill-conceived
Nearby are the Cabañas
Aliñahui, contact (022) 253267
fax (022) 253266 email firstname.lastname@example.org,
Avenida Los Shyris 760 and República de El Salvador.
- Omaere runs the "Pedagogical Ethnobotanical Omaere Park"
located five minutes outside of Puyo. This is one of
the first ethnical botanical parks in Latin America and "relies
on a team of indigenous Shuar, Zaparo, Huaorani and Quicha
specialists" to provide environmental education that emphasizes
the value of traditional indigenous wisdom. The park is 15.6
hectares in size and boasts 1,500 different species from the
Ecuadorian Amazon; almost a third - 420 - are cultivated in
the forest nurseries and greenhouses. Open Thursday-Monday
from 8:30am - 5pm. Quito office: Edificio Rumazo, 10 de Agosto
39 71 y Rumipamba, 1er. Piso; Tel/Fax: (022) 226 315 / 547