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Overview

Improve your photography while exploring volcanoes, beaches, and the amazon jungle! This adventure will take you across the dramatic landscapes of Ecuador. With Kurtis Minster as your photography guide, you will take incredible photos as you hike up active volcanoes, participate in ancestral ceremonies, and take in some beach sunsets on this 15-day journey. Kurtis will help you take your photos from good to extraordinary and oh-so Instagram worthy with workshops on everything from composition to editing. You will also be a part of supporting a local children's foundation in Quito, Ecuador. Part of your trip fees will go to building new classrooms and funding after-school ativities for underprivelidged children.  Grab your camera and get ready for the trip of a lifetime!

3 meals a day for the entirety of the trip
3-4 person rooms (single rooms available for an extra cost)
All airport transfers
All city transfers
All entrance fees to National Parks
All fees related to activities offered on the trip
Local guides to provide a local experience 
Cultural activities such as traditional dances and beautiful handcrafts in each community
Preparation and demonstration of the local food and beverages in each region
Materials and equipment required for the adventure activities

Alcoholic beverages
Travel Insurance
Flights to and from Quito, Ecuador (Awaken can help you book flights per your request) 

Your Photography Guide

Kurtis Minster is an internationally published, award-winning photographer based out of Bozeman, Montana. He has lived all over the United States, but currently spends most of his time in the Rocky Mountains. Montana's sheer diversity of landscapes and overall accessibility are unparalleled, granting him unique opportunities to camp, hike, and take photos in stunning locales. Often combining his passion for the outdoors and love of adventure, Kurtis travels throughout North America to document the outstanding beauty of National Parks and everywhere in between. Through social media, he hopes to share these wild places and inspire others to get outside and find their own adventure.

Follow along on Instagram @kurtisminster

Itinerary

Welcome to Awaken, we encourage our participants to explore Ecuador, its culture and its biodiversity.
Here is a little description of what we are going to be doing day by day. Remember, this is simply a guide and can be changed if need be.
We hope you take advantage of the incredible landscapes Ecuador has to offer you as Kurtis provides you will all your photography needs. 

Allow yourself to awaken your mind to new experiences and follow your heart in this journey. 

Day 1 Quito
Arrival to Quito , Ecuador!  Transportation from
the airport is included in your price.
Enjoy a welcome dinner!

Day 2 Quito
Today we will be spending the day getting to know
each other, an introduction from Kurtis and Awaken,
and exploring Mitad del Mundo city (The Middle of
the World). Straddle the equator line and be in two hemispheres at once!














Day 3 Peguche Waterfall /Otavalo/Cayambe
Get ready for the colors, textiles, and hand-made goods of Plaza de los Ponchos in Otavalo! We'll stop in Cayambe for some traditional Ecuadorian breakfast on our way. At Parque Condor, a rehabilitaiton center for birds of prey, get an up-close view of Andean condors, as well as eagles, owls, falcons and hawks. Hike to the Peguche waterfall then return to Quito for the night.

Day 4 Cotopaxi Volcano
 Head to Cotopaxi national park and have the opportunity to hike up the Jose Rivas Refugio at 15,944 ft elevation and enjoy a warm hot chocolate and empanadas at the top to re-energize. Then, decide between either a walk, bicycle or comfortable ride in the car on our way back down Cotopaxi on our way to Limpiopungo Lake. We will stay the night in Cotopaxi National Park and have a beautiful sunset view of this stunning volcano.

Day 5 Baños
Wake up to a stunning sunrise over Cotopaxi volcano!  We will travel to Baños, a small little town surrounded by mountains and volcanoes! Cycle to El Manto de la Novia and the Devil’s Cauldron Waterfalls – the later is the second largest waterfall in Ecuador!  Take a turn on the Swing at the End of the World, a famous activity and lookout point of Tungurahua Volcano or enjoy the Baños hot springs.
















Day 6 Baños/Misahualli

Wake up in beautifu lBaños and choose any one of the extreme excursions (bungee jumping, canyoning, ziplining, or white-water rafting) on offer.  After lunch we will travel to the Amazon Jungle! Upon arriving to Misahualli you will be able to interact with community members as well as wild-life, such as monkeys, that roam the city Enjoy a stunning jungle sunset and then take part in the Guayusupina Ancestral Ceremony with the people of Sinchi Warmi Community. 

Day 7 Misahualli
Enjoy a beautiful sunrise in the jungle before taking a canoe down the Misahualli river to a cocoa farm and artisanal chocolate making demonstration with free tasting! After lunch, learn about the indigenous people’s lifestyle, their natural medicinal practices and the perfect techniques they use to hunt from a local guide. Then we'll head back to Quito.















Day 8 Chimborazo Volcano

07:00 Enjoy a morning trip to Chimborazo Volcano, known as the closest point on earth to the moon! Enjoy the stunning views from Chimborazo's first and second refuges. You will have the option to mountain bike on the way down or enjoy a relaxing car ride. End your day enjoying the sunset at Chimborazo and have a relaxing evening with the group.

Day 9 Guayaquil/Montañita
Today we head to the Pacific Coast of Ecuador! Arrive to Guayaquil and enjoy the colorful neighborhood of Las Peñas and visit Malecon 2000. After lunch we will arrive to the well-known little beach town: Montañita! After a dinner at the beach, discover Montañita night life.  

Day 10 Montañita/Puerto Lopez
Pack your swimsuit! Today we will enjoy a relaxing morning on the beach or try your hand at surfing, parasailing, tubing and more! After lunch in Montañita, travel to Puerto Lopez and experience the beauty of the well-known beach, “Los Frailes” one of the most beautiful in Ecuador.  End your night admiring the sunset over the Pacific Ocean.

Day 11 Isla de la Plata
After breakfast, we will travel from Puerto Lopez  to Isla de la Plata where you can go snorkeling. Fish, turtles and even Manta rays will greet you in their home! You can even see Blue Footed Boobies, only found here on Isla de la Plata and in the Galapagos Islands. Relax before enjoying Puerto Lopez night life.  

Day 12 Quilotoa
Travel to Quilotoa, a beautiful emerald colored crater lake! Descend into Quilotoa and kayak around the lake.  Hike or ride back up by mule! Enjoy the view of the crater lake while you get a hot drink at sunset.

















Day 13 Quito

Enjoy the sunrise over Quilotoa before we head back to Quito.  In the afternoon, we'll take a cable car up Rucu Pichincha Volcano, an active volcano flanking Quito, where you will have a marvelous view of the city.

Day 14 Quito
Visit Centro Historico, the largest and most well-preserved historic center in South America! Our walking tour will  take us to markets, fountains, and churches. Watch the sunset from the Panecillo and enjoy a farewell dinner in Quito.

Day 15 Quito
Enjoy a relaxing morning in Quito! Flights should be scheduled for anytime on this day and we will provide transportation to the airport. 
 

Recent Reviews

"Traveling with Awaken has changed my life. The hospitality that was received from the moment we arrived to when we left was unlike any I’ve had before. Our trip was a life changing experience for each of us and will not be forgotten."

- DelaneY, USA

"I will never be able to thank the Awaken family enough for this experience. If I could give the person reading this one piece of advice, it would be this: GO! You won't regret it, this is an experience I wish everyone could have."

- Shannon, USA

"Exploring with Awaken was one of the best experiences of my life. The trip was all in all a bucket list experience for me. It was made even better by the amazing guide Edison! He's so knowledgeable, so kind, and so cool, that it was like I was travelling with my best friend.  10/10 would do it again!"

- Aidan, USA


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At Awaken Foundation, we are currently working on rebuilding our children’s foundation to make room for more children and more after-school activities. With the profits made from this trip, we will fund this project so that we can continue our mission to provide essential healthcare and education to disadvantaged populations in Ecuador.

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