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South American Explorers
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:

Abya Yala
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

Bellavista 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.

Centro 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.

Ecotrackers Foundation
(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.

Fundación Ecológica Arcoiris
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.

Fundación Golondrinas
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.

Fundacion Maquita Cushunchic (MCCH)
Email: and
- 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.

Fundación Natura
Tel (022) 447341 to 4
Av. America 5653 and Voz Andes
Ecuador's largest environmental NGO

Fundación Pro-Bosque
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.

Jatun Sacha Foundation
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 colonization.
Nearby are the Caba
ñas Aliñahui, contact (022) 253267 fax (022) 253266 email, 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 / 547 695

To celebrate the deal, Guide2Galapagos is offering Ecuadorial visitors an exclusive offer: Book a Luxury class yacht with them, and they'll give you THREE AIRPORT TRANSFERS FOR FREE; two for first class and one for tourist-superior. So, what are you waiting for? Check out their highly-informative site. Blue boobies, giant tortoises, sealions and marine iguanas are only a click or two away!

SMALL PRINT: On the request page, you must state you came from Ecuadorial to benefit from the airport transfer offer.
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