- Written by Michael Starkey Michael Starkey
- Parent Category: Ecuador Ecuador
- Category: Ecuador Ecotours Ecuador Ecotours
- Created: 23 August 2017 23 August 2017
The June 2018 SAVE THE FROGS! Ecuador Ecotour is completely sold out!
If you would like to join us in Ecuador on a future tour, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with Ecuador Ecotour in the subject line and tell us your preferred travel dates (July 2018 and later) so we can best plan our next ecotour to Ecuador. Thank you!
Have you ever wanted to explore the Amazon rainforest, learn from experts about tropical ecology, or experience the beauty of the Andes mountains? How about all three? Well now is your chance to experience all of that and more! We are pleased to announce that the June 2018 SAVE THE FROGS! Ecuador Ecotour will take place June 14th to 25th, 2018 and will encompass the Amazon rainforest, the Andes mountains, the cloud forests, and an abundance of opportunities to find and photograph amphibians. If you have questions, please contact us.
"We never would have imagined the powerful connections we made with both the group and the amazing country of Ecuador and it's beautiful people. We are forever grateful for your friendship. We are forever changed by our experiences. We will see both you and Ecuador again."
-- Kelly Geer, Participant of the 2016 SAVE THE FROGS! Ecuador Ecotour
We hope to see you in Ecuador!
"I can honestly say it was the best trip of my life (and I've travelled a lot!)”
- Melissa Steele-Ogus, 2017 SAVE THE FROGS! Ecuador Ecotour Participant
We will visit a variety of Ecuadorian ecosystems and stay in very pleasant ecolodges and biological stations, detailed below.
A glass frog from Mindo, home to more species of glass frogs than anywhere on the planet!
"It has been a wonderful trip of beautiful scenery, spectacular wildlife, new friendships, rich history, wonderful food, amazing experiences, and boundless new knowledge."
-- George Quiroga, Photographer & Participant on the 2016 SAVE THE FROGS! Ecuador Ecotour
Arrival in Quito
The SAVE THE FROGS! Ecuador Ecotour officially begins at 6pm on June 14th, 2018 at Villa Da Fiore, a quaint Italian hacienda just outside Quito. Having housed SAVE THE FROGS! during our 2016 and 2017 Ecuador Ecotours, the family owned business knows exactly how to make our group feel comfortable upon arrival into the country. We will spend one night here to have dinner, meet the group, and go over expectations and logistics for our tour. The stunning property is conveniently close to the airport and looks over the agricultural valley of Tumbaco.
Our 2017 group in front of Villa da Fiore, just prior to descending to the Amazon.
"The Save The Frogs Ecotour was a life changing experience for me. It's one of the most magical things that I've ever experienced."
-- Stephanie Steelman, 2017 SAVE THE FROGS! Ecuador Ecotour Participant
The Suchipakari Jungle Lodge will provide you with an amazing introduction to the Ecuadorian Amazon. Suchipakari is located along the Pusuno River, a tributary of the Napo River, which eventually leads to the mighty Amazon! The lodge is tucked away to provide a beautiful and secluded experience - we will need to walk about 15 minutes from the carpark to get to the lodge (we can assist you with your luggage!). Suchipakari sits in the middle of the lush green forests, wild jungle, and flowing rivers. We will stay at Suchipakari Jungle Lodge for two nights in their remodeled rooms and cabins, to offer you a comfortable stay while also feeling close to nature. Suchipakari offers a diverse experience exploring rivers, waterfalls, jungle, and of course plenty of opportunities to see wild frogs in their native habitat! The lodge offers a pool, a beautiful dining area where the calls of frogs will make your dinner memorable, and many activities in and around the property. Suchipakari is a favorite SAVE THE FROGS! location and we are sure you will enjoy your stay.
The jungle stream at Suchipakari, our destination in the Amazon. Is it lush enough for you?
Suchipakari is a fantastic introduction to the amazing biodiversity of the Amazon!
From Suchipakari, we will take a boat downriver to visit Amazoonico, a native wildlife rehabilitation center set amidst the rainforest. Don't be surprised if you come across of troop of squirrel monkeys feeding in the trees overhead.
We are excited to announce that this year’s Ecuador Ecotour group will be returning for two nights to the unique Anaconda Lodge. Located on Anaconda Island in the heart of the rainforest, the Anaconda Lodge has much to offer. Anaconda Lodge is like nowhere else, not just based on its location - a half hour boat ride down the Napo River - but also its history and how it has integrated into the local community and supported the local people. We will tour a local village, have indigenous guides, and find a multitude of frogs on site. There is no more of an authentic stay within the Ecuadorian Amazon. If we are lucky, we may even find the caecilians (a rarely seen, limbless amphibian that lives underground) -- as our 2017 group did.
Views from Anaconda Island, Ecuadorian Amazon
We always find much more than just amphibians. Keep your eye open for lizards, raptors, butterflies, monkeys and more.
Papallacta is a luxurious getaway in the paramo ecosystem of the mid-altitude Andes. We will stop at Papallacta for a night, to rejuvenate in the famous thermal hot springs after four nights exploring the Amazon. You will have elegant cabins, delicious food, and 24-hour access to private mineral pools. Apart from its relaxing hot springs, we will be surrounded by the incredible Cayambe-Coca National Park. We will have the opportunity to hike and explore the high elevation ecosystem, as well as listen to a presentation from a local park guide and eat amazing food.
-- Shenandoah Marr, 2016 SAVE THE FROGS! Ecuador Ecotourist, while soaking in the Papallacta thermal pools
These thermal pools will feel amazing after four nights in the Amazon!
To continue our frogging explorations our group will head to the town of Mindo. Located in the famous Ecuadorian cloud forest ecosystem, Mindo has a unique history of conservation, sustainable tourism, and species preservation. We will stay in Mindo for three nights at the Casa Divina Lodge, a natural lodge symbiotic with the local environment. The owners Molly and Efrain ensure not only a comfortable stay relaxing to the sounds and sights of nature, but also direct conservation by using local, organic ingredients, hiring native guides, and giving presentations to all visiting groups. There are hiking trails, lounging areas, beautiful accommodations, and plenty of wildlife sighting, including frogs near your cabin! We will also have the opportunity to explore different activities within the community of Mindo, such as zip lining, birding and learning how chocolate is made.
"This was the crown jewel of the trip in every way. Outstanding accommodations, wonderful setting, spectacular surrounding scenery, great little town, the absolute best staff, wonderful guides, great food and activities."
-- 2016 SAVE THE FROGS! Ecuador Ecotourist Mike Horton on Casa Divina
Casa Divina: our home in the cloud forest for three nights
There are many frogs living on the Casa Divina property, and we will also explore the frog fauna at nearby nature reserves.
During the day, you will be able to hike to this beautiful waterfall.
After three amazing nights at Casa Divina, we will stay one night at the beautiful and luxurious El Crater Hotel, located on the rim of the Pululahua Crater and Geobotanical Reserve. This spectacular site overlooks the reserve and has a breathtaking outdoor landscape to enjoy the natural surroundings and movement of clouds throughout the crater. We will get to visit the famous Mitad del Mundo (Center of the World) where you can stand in both hemispheres at once!
"The lodges were generally nicer and more luxurious than I expected."
-- SAVE THE FROGS! Board Member and 2016 SAVE THE FROGS! Ecuador Ecotourist John Bohrman
The El Crater Lodge is set high in the clouds above the Pululahua Geobotanical Reserve.
The view east from El Crater
Looking into the Pululahua Crater
We will spend our final night of the ecotour in the capital city of Quito. Participants will have the opportunity to take a walking tour of the Historical Center. Hikers can ride up the Teleferico (the world’s highest operating cable car) and take a hike high above the city; SAVE THE FROGS! Founder Dr. Kerry Kriger enjoys this hike so much, he has done it three times! You can also shop in local artisanal markets to bring home souvenirs. We will conclude our tour with a delicious meal overlooking the city enjoy our final night together! In the morning, we will have breakfast and depart with wonderful frog-filled memories of Ecuador!
Cotopaxi at sunset, view from above the Teleferico
Rucu Pichincha (4,794m above sea level), the extinct volcano above Quito.
It may be a major city, but Quito does have frogs! We found this frog calling below the Teleferico during the 2016 SAVE THE FROGS! Ecuador Ecotour.
Centro Historico in Quito
Our group will consist of 14 participants and 2 trip leaders; we will also be joined by an Ecuadorian amphibian expert. We split into multiple groups whenever possible when we are searching for wildlife or going on hikes.
Who comes on a SAVE THE FROGS! Ecotour? All types of nature enthusiasts and travelers! We've had professional biologists and people with no experience in environmental fields; kids as young as 9; adult kids with 83 years of life experience; people from the USA, Mexico, New Zealand, the UK and elsewhere. If you love frogs and exploring new places, you will love the SAVE THE FROGS! Ecuador Ecotour!
Know Before You Go
Are you ready for an experience of a lifetime? Traveling in Ecuador may be a different experience than what you are accustomed to, so we have written a few things we would love to pass along! Please click here to get prepared for your adventure in Ecuador.
We will probably see some snakes in Ecuador...that's one reason we start the tour with a safety discussion! A bit of preparation goes a long way to ensuring you have a safe and pleasant ecotour.
More than just an ecotour
We will get to indulge in many activities, such as waterfall hikes, night hikes, touring a wildlife refuge and relaxing in thermal hot springs. There will be lots of frog filled excitement through each place, while learning about ecosystem dynamics, conservation, and environmental protection. With a group of SAVE THE FROGS! participants there is sure to be lots of smiles, laughs, and learning going around.
Monkey Frog photo by Katie O'Donnell, who participated in the SAVE THE FROGS! Ecuador and Peru Ecotours.
Are you ready to join SAVE THE FROGS! in Ecuador? Fabulous!
The 2018 SAVE THE FROGS! Ecuador Ecotour pricing is as follows:
- Base cost for one frog enthusiast: $3,695
- Base cost for a party of two: $6,990
- Base cost for a group of three: $10,285
- Base cost for a group of four: $13,580
- We encourage students to join this ecotour and offer each full-time student a $100 discount.
- Early Frog Discount: Sign up by September 10th and save $250 per person!
All proceeds support SAVE THE FROGS! worldwide amphibian conservation efforts, enabling us to protect amphibians and promote a society that respects and appreciates wildlife and nature. Your participation not only helps our conservation programs, it directly benefits the lodges and communities that actively protect the frog habitats we visit.
Your ecotour payment will cover:
- all lodging
- all meals
- in-country transportation
- world-class tour guides and their scientific expertise
- most tips
It is your responsibility to pay your own costs of:
- airfare to and from Quito (estimated at $750 roundtrip from the USA).
- alcoholic beverages
- travel insurance
- optional adventure tourism activities
- possibly a departure tax when you leave the country
Payment Options & Securing Your Space On The Tour
To secure your space on the tour, you can pay a $1,000 per person non-refundable deposit if you prefer not to pay in full all at once. Full payment is due by April 14th, 2018. Failure to pay in full by April 14th, 2018 may result in forfeiture of your deposit money and your space on the ecotour. We accept checks and credit card.
Sunset above Quito, with Cotopaxi in the background
Terms & Conditions
In order to take part on this trip, you will be required to sign a liability waiver acknowledging the inherent risks of ecotourism in Ecuador, and legally releasing SAVE THE FROGS! and affiliated trip operators and personnel from legal damages and consequences. Please click here for our full ecotour terms and conditions and to review our payment and refund policy.
"I work in ecotourism and would love to do an ecotour in a different ecosystem and photograph frogs, turtles, sloths, plants, landscapes, etc. I think it's important to choose tours that are ecologically conscious and responsible and SAVE THE FROGS! sounds like a great option."
-- Sara G., Ecology teacher, Chile
Photo of Epipedobates bilinguis by Dr. Kaya Klop-Toker
If you are considering joining the SAVE THE FROGS! Ecuador Ecotour and you want to have the trip of your lifetime, then you are in the right place! Please take a few moments to complete the Expression of Interest Form below, and we will be in touch with you soon to answer all your questions and help you register. We are looking forward to finding frogs and enjoying spectacular scenery with you!
Photo of Pristimantis ornatissimus by Jaime Culebras, who will be joining our group in the Amazon to share his amphibian and photographic expertise.
Thanks for your interest in SAVE THE FROGS! Ecotours and we hope to see you in Ecuador in June!
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