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About Lead Adventures

When it comes to responsible travel in South America, we are proud to say that we´re different from your average travel agent or tour operator. We are a team of well-traveled local experts, dedicated to giving you the most unforgettable experience, in the most environmentally friendly and economically conscious way.
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Reasons to tour with Lead Adventures

Specialists of Ecuador

Everyone on our team is Ecuadorian!

An in-depth look to local Ecuadorian life.

Aim of being socially and environmentally responsible

Accreditations and Associations

Lead Aventures is an Ecuadorian tour operator estbalished in 2004, currently we are affiliated to the Ministery of Tourism, Quito Turismo, local Organization that promote good practices. We are members of Responsible Travel.

Cultural Preservation

We don’t just protect local customs, languages, and art – we also support fair trade. We tell you to buy stuff directly from the local makers, like their crafts, food, and goodies.
Our itineraries include visit to the most traditional communities where you will learn how locals live on a daily ....more

Covid Policies

Ecuador removed its COVID-19 entry restrictions on October 20, 2022. International tourists no longer needed to provide COVID-19 immunization cards or proof of a negative COVID-19 test before arrival in the country.

Environmental Sustainability

Environment protection is our passion. Every trip is designed with the aid of an EIA (Environmental Impact Assessments) expert, each excursion tailored to a policy of ¨zero environmental impact´.
We put our money where it matters by investing in community stuff like schools, hospitals, and making neighbourhoods better. A ....more

Volunteer project in Galapagos
Volunteer project in Galapagos
Cultivating plants
Cultivating plants
Sowing native plants
Sowing native plants

Our Story

ECUADOR ADVENTURE TRAVEL & VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE

BE MORE THAN A TOURIST!, ENVIRONMENTALLY RESPONSIBLE VOLUNTEER AND TRAVEL PROGRAMS IN ECUADOR AND THE GALAPAGOS ISLANDS, GUIDED BY LOCAL EXPERTS

We are a local squad of dedicated South American specialists offering detailed knowledge on most of Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands! Everyone on our team ....more

Economic Impact

We make sure to hire folks from communities that usually don’t get a fair shot. They become our guides, artists, cooks, and more.
We maintain great relationships with partners around the country generaring work opportunites and promoting cultural exchange experiences.

native comunities
native comunities
portrers for trekkings
portrers for trekkings
visiting traditional markets
visiting traditional markets

Responsible Tourism

We aim to be socially and environmentally responsible, our programmes circulate our revenues within the local community, significantly increasing employment and development. Generally, traditional tourism and cruise companies are not all based locally and tend to give nothing back to the neighbourhoods and communities in which they operate. If you ....more

Hiking in preserve areas
Hiking in preserve areas
volunteering in Amazon rainforest
volunteering in Amazon rainforest
Volunteering
Volunteering
Working in Animal rescue centers
Working in Animal rescue centers

Social Responsibility

We work with local staff and contribute to the Ecuadorian Econmy. Our volunteer and travel programs objective is to share with our visitors the work we do locally, we partner with day care centers, schools, elder care organizations that asssit people in need.

Nurseries
Nurseries
Schools
Schools

What We Offer

We know how important it is to build mutually beneficial relationships with local resources here in Ecuador and on the Galapagos Islands. As a South American (Ecuadorian) based company, the quality of our local contacts is second to none.

Because of our superb contacts, we have a plethora of knowledge that ....more

Lead Adventures Reviews

Christin  

Best tour ever! Highly recommend! Ask for Cecilia!

09-Jan-2023

Our guide, Cecilia, was helpful and knowledgeable, and enthusiastic.. She was flexible and tailored the tour to our needs and requests. She took us to a restaurant to experience typical Ecuadorian cuisine. She taught us about Ecuadorian Holiday traditions. She also went over and above by purchasing a doll for New Years and demonstrated the custom of burning the effigies. additionally, she took pictures and sent lots of pictures to us via whatsapp.

Claudia_W  

A truly fabulous day!

09-Nov-2023

What a fabulous day! This was a last minute booking as another had fallen through and I can’t thank this company enough for making it happen on such short notice. Communication was excellent, and Carla the manager also made time to meet with us! Our guide Cecelia and driver David became family instantly! 😁. We saw some wonderful sites - Quito from on high, the Equator site, complete with a truly fun experience at the museum, and the Old Town with some stunning architectural delights. And always with lots of information from Cecelia. We’ve fallen hard for Quito, a beautiful town and worth spending a lot of time exploring. Also had a typical Ecuadorian lunch which was delicious. Thank you so much Cecelia and David, and Lead Adventures! You’ve given my sister and I many happy memories.

Tori_H  

Great intro to Quito

05-Jun-2021

Great intro to Quito. We loved the gondola ride and the equator museum. We learned a ton. Our tour guide was great! Super nice and has lots of info. She put up with all our picture-taking. Lol

Edvaldo Silva  

Outstanding service

30-Aug-2019

Carlos was unbelievably helpful, knowledgeable, professional, and friendly. I would definitely recommend and use his services again. Thank you Carlos for a great day in Quito

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is responsible for the volunteer within the project?

The volunteers are given specific instructions by the program coordinator and Lead Staff about the safety procedures of each program. Volunteers are responsible to follow all safety instructions given. The project coordinator will look after the volunteer’s safety, as long as the volunteer follows all instructions. Lead Adventures is not responsable or liable for the volunteers while they are working at the project.

When will my program be over?

Most programs end on Friday or Saturday. For some programs the ending day is different. Once you have booked your program a Lead Staff member will give you this information in detail specific to your program.

Is there a maximum amount of time to stay at the project?

Most programs have a maximum stay of up to 12 weeks. Please refer to the program “Dates” section for more details.

Is there a minimum amount of stay to sign up for a project?

Most programs require a minimum stay of two weeks. Galapagos Experience Program the minimum stay is 10 days Please refer to the program “Dates” section for more details.

When should I travel to Ecuador?

Most programs require the volunteer to arrive on Sunday. The orientation session takes place on Monday morning and the volunteer begins work on Tuesday. For some programs the arrival day is different. Once you have booked your program a Lead Staff member will give you your arrival and starting day information in detail specific to your program.

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  • Free Date Changes

    Lead Adventures allows you to make 1 free date changes, as long as the change is made at least 60 days before the start of the tour.

  • Low Deposit

    Lead Adventures requires a minimum deposit of 200 USD per person or the full booking value, whichever is less, with the final balance not due until 30 days before departure.

  • Cancellation Policy

    If you need to cancel your tour, tourhub doesn't charge a cancellation fee, here is a summary of Lead Adventures charges.

    Up to 60 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of deposit
    At 30 days before tour starts: Forfeit 50% of tour cost
    At 15 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of tour cost
  • Secure payments

    All payments are deposited into an externally regulated Trust account.

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