Volunteers will have time to enjoy the incredible places Puerto Lopez and the surroundings offer, like the breathtaking beach Los Frailes Natural Reserve, discover the magic of Isla de la Plata (A.K.A Little Galapagos), spot humpback whales (only from June until October), or enjoy the vibrant surf, and party in the beach village Montañita or Ayampe, hiking around the Ayampe Forest Reserve, horseback ride, bird watching and photography at Ayampe Reserve.
1 night accommodation in a hostel in Guayaquil with breakfast is included. Accommodation in Las Tunas is in a shared room (same gender) at Wipeout Hostel. The hostel is located in front of the sea, with a spectacular view of the Los Ahorcados islet, 100 meters north of the boardwalk, and 30 minutes north of Montañita. There are 3 same-gender rooms (9 people) with bathroom inside the room (can also be requested on private basis). Facilities include free Wi-Fi (please note that it is not fast), a bar, and a shared kitchen where volunteers can prepare their own meals, hammocks, hot water and a restaurant.
- Arrival transfer from the airport to hostel in Guayaquil
- Departure transfer from hostel in Guayaquil to bus station
- You can add-on a Private transfer from Guayaquil to Las Tunas (up to 3 passengers per car).
Daily breakfast, welcome dinner and weekly cocktail are included. We suggest a weekly budget of 100 USD per week for meals and tours. Volunteers will have access to kitchen facilities at the hostel.
The climate here is tropical. In winter (JUN-JUL), there is much less rainfall than in summer (JAN-FEB). The average annual temperature in Puerto López is 23°C.
What to Bring
Small waterproof backpack to take to the field trips
Flip-flops / sandals
Hiking shoes/boots (if you leave your boots at the project at the end of your stay, they are donated to the local community)
Sunscreen (min factor 50)
Personal cleaning items
Mosquito mask (buff)
Personal / prescription medicines. Do take in consideration that although there are pharmacies in town, you must bring your personal medication (to last the duration of your stay) if you need any)
When you arrive in Ecuador you will get a T-3 visa stamp, which will allow you to be 90 days within the country. Do you plan on staying longer than 90 days? Check with your local Ecuadorian embassy which is the best visa for you and what are the current requirements. Take this into account when buying your ticket, as the airline may refuse you to board the plane if your flight leaves after 90 days and you do not have a visa.
Remember to check the required and recommended vaccinations. Do not forget to bring your original yellow fever certificate and vaccinations booklet as it may be checked on border crossings.
In Ecuador we use US dollars and the easiest way to get them is an ATM. If you want to bring dollars in cash, make sure to get small notes with the highest denomination being $20. Not many stores accept $50 or $100 notes. We suggest a weekly budget of USD 100.00.- for meals not included and tours
If volunteers would like to bring donations to the project, please let us know. We will get in touch with the project to see what is most needed at that moment. Don’t give donations directly to the project without consulting the coordinator.