Words can’t describe this magical place. It’s like no other place I’ve ever been to: the never ending sound of the jungle; the incredible wildlife that we’ve been constantly surrounded by; the immensely tall trees and the beautiful River Napo running right past where we’ve been staying – The Gaia Amazon Eco Lodge. We began… Read More


Our long weekend of island hopping ended with a day and a half on the beautiful island of Santa Cruz, where we did the land lava tunnels, which was inside of a giant tortoise reserve. It was incredible to see such old formations that were created from molten lava! And the tortoises are just adorable… Read More


We’ve found paradise. Genuine paradise. Glorious beaches with the bluest, most crystal clear sea that I’ve ever seen; filled with the friendliest animals such as sea lions, fish and of course the infamous green sea turtles. We’ve been staying at the Hacienda Tranquila, which is in a beautiful spot with giant tortoises that we’ve been… Read More


What a happy week… It’s been incredible in every way imaginable – from adorable school children and thank you ceremonies to an amazing artisan market in Otavalo which blew our minds completely and to end, a goodbye party with people from our amazing community here in Agato. We finished work at the school in Peguche… Read More


Hi everyone, I’m Grace and I’m super happy that I’m the team blogger for this Ecuador trip for 10 weeks! So after a super long day travelling and crazy amounts of jet lag, we arrived in a surprisingly sunny and hot Quito! After checking into our colourful little hostel we spent the rest of the… Read More


As Winter fast approaches, I’m beginning to feel the need to travel to beautiful, colourful and exciting places even more! I’ve always wanted to take a gap year, whether that be to Australia, Asia or now my current plan of Ecuador for a crazy 10 weeks of travelling and volunteering with The Leap. Ecuador has… Read More


Galapagos Part 1:   We saw many new faces at the Hacienda Tranquila. The first person we saw, the one who picked us up from the airport, was Geovanny. Geovanny was the lead organizer of activities at the Hacienda. He was from the Galapagos and, he and I quickly found out, we both had lived… Read More


  Adventure week   Quilotoa:   Our first destination during our adventure week was the Volcano Quilatoa. We stayed in a low-ceilinged hotel which had a nice lodge feel to it. The hotel sat on the outskirts of a small tourist town about ten acres in size.    Standing in the town it’s hard to… Read More