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Ecuador

May 7th - June 4th

4 weeks in the Ecuadorian Highlands

Ecuador might be small, but it packs a serious punch. From the Andean highlands to its coastal beach towns, or the Amazon jungle to the world-famous Galapagos Islands; no other Latin country packs so much natural diversity and wildly different scenery into so little space. We'll be living very close to all the adventure in Cayambe, 24km away from the volcano you see above.


Venture into The Amazon

In 2017, Cristina, an Ecuadorian Tribe member took us into the Amazon. We hiked through the rainforest, climb waterfalls, zip-lined across valleys, learned about amazonian Tribes and wildlife, kayaked down the river, and took a swing of faith at the ‘End of the World’. 

Explore The Andean Highlands

Witness surreal landscapes you’ve never seen before. Awe-inspiring scenery of patchwork fields with a backdrop of majestic mountains. Turquoise lakes in craters of dormant volcanoes. Challenge yourself to hike one of Ecuadors perfectly conical volcanoes.


The Galapagos Islands

We highly recommend taking a trip to one of the world's most biodiverse ecosystems. The Galapagos are an isolated group of volcanic islands, almost untouched by humans, where Darwin famously studied evolution. 

The Origin of Species

Charles Darwin studied variations of species on the different Islands of the Galapagos archipelago. This informed his theory of evolution by natural selection.

Stranger Than Fiction

Blue feet, red balloons… an underwater lizard? The inhabitants of the Galapagos Islands are unique in the world. Meet the Blue-Footed Boobie, the Fragata, and come face-to-face with walking proof that dinosaurs once roamed the earth. 

We Are but Guests Here

These animals never learned to fear humans because we were not part of their evolution. You’ve never come this close to wildlife.

Dare to Dive in?

The underwater world of the Galapagos is just as magical as what you see on land. Dive with hammer heads, swim with a whale shark, play with a sea lion, and watch a turtle graze. Whether you’re a certified diver, or prefer to stick with snorkelling, you’ll see things you’ve never seen before.


Our home in Cayambe

We'll be calling a 13-bedroom hacienda our home in Cayambe (the oldest mill in the region!).  It's going to be our 4th time in Ecuador, but our first time in this stunning location. We've selected this cozy country house specifically with COVID front of mind – the ideal set-up during times with lots of outdoor community space: a huge garden, a terrace, bonfire place and another first: lots of farm animals (horses, bunnies, hamsters, cows).


We’ll be living Ecuador’s highlands, in Cayambe (an 8 min drive to the town itself where you can find everything you need), 1 hr away from the capital Quito and only 45 min away from the international airport. Surrounded by nature this place is perfect for a great morning routine, like yoga, going for a morning run or taking the horses for a ride.

The accommodation comes equipped with good internet and multiple open common areas for work. It's a coliving setup that will make is easy for us all to be productive, feel comfortable, and have the freedom to explore this amazing country! 


Here you can see a collection of photos of our coliving home in Cayambe

If you’d like to find out more about what it’s like to live in Ecuador as a ‘digital nomad’, including internet speeds and cost of living, have a look at Nomad List’s guide. The pace of life is more relaxed here and although we do our best to have good WiFi in our pretty country house, stability can sometimes be an issue in Ecuador. Of course, we always have internet backups; MiFi devices with mobile data in all our homes to make sure that we can keep working productively if there are any stability issues.


Ready to Join our Tribe in Ecuador?

May 7th - June 4th

If you're interested in our Ecuador chapter, please apply here first. If you're already a WiFi Tribe member, please submit a booking form to reserve your place in Cayambe!

May 7 - Jun 4: Submit the booking form

Ecuador is a Tier 2 chapter. 4-week prices start from:

Private Room: $1800
Shared Room: $1100

Note: the rooms are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. All shared rooms are between 2 people.


Logistics & What to Expect

 Mountains | Jungle | Culture | Nature | Food

  • The Tribe: 18 members max (incl. the host)
  • Location: Cayambe. 8min drive from city centre, 45min drive from the airport, 1hr drive from Quito 
  • Accommodation: A 13-bedroom farm house. (11 rooms have their own bathroom, 2 rooms share a large bathroom) 
  • Layout: Pool table, large sectional couch, ping pong table, restaurant style kitchen + regular kitchen, multiple common areas to hang out including 2 living rooms, 2 dining rooms, washer and dryer on site, 2 of the largest rooms are in a separate older structure (200 m walk to the main house)
  • Work Space: Multiple common areas to work from
  • Internet: 50 mbps in the entire property 
  • Cool fact: The owners are passionate about protecting the local heritage and environmental sustainability. So the entire place has been redone with local, eco friendly materials. The water for the shower comes from a local stream and is purified and they work with local businesses only to promote local economic growth.
  • Pace: Remote location with volcano and mountain view, 8min drive from the city centre, laid back, easy going.

I'm New to this... How does it Work?

WiFi Tribe has an annual chapter plan model: Successful applicants choose how often they want to travel with the tribe within a year and decide what chapter plan they would like. You can find out more about chapter plan prices here.


Are there changes to Chapters due to COVID?


With borders starting to open up again, we collaborated with our community to decide what our first chapters should look like – both in terms of the fun, and the necessary adaptations. With over 100 responses, we've had a lot of feedback and great ideas to work with, so you'll see a few changes to adapt to the current global pandemic.


Most importantly, we all have a responsibility to the local communities that host us in their countries to keep them safe. Of course, we are also introducing new guidelines and policies to keep one another safe and healthy while we live here together.


As you read through our guidelines below, you will see a combination of all the local government guidelines, as well as additional measures to ensure safety for everyone as we travel and live together. In addition, there will be measures specific to each chapter that will be shared with the people attending that chapter during the 2-week online meet-and-greet.


Every Tribe member has been welcomed into WiFi Tribe because we felt that there was an alignment with our 6 values: Respect, Humility, Camaraderie, Curiosity, Passion, and Inclusion. Now, it is more important than ever that we choose to live by them every day. We will enforce the following protocols as necessary, but we are confident that every member on this Chapter will respect fellow Tribe members and the local community.


For all Chapters beyond February 2021attending members will need to complete a PCR test no more than 96 hours before arriving (regardless of the country's entry requirements). With more countries requiring a negative COVID test for entry, we're aligning our guidelines to adhere to these stricter standards. Members can complete the test in any country and will email proof of their negative test result to the Chapter Host prior to arrival.


Last time updated, March 12th 2021:

Before Travel

Who is eligible to go on this chapter?

As of March 11th 2021, this chapter is available to members coming from all countries that comply with theEcuadorian Government entry requirements


IMPORTANT: As travel regulations are changing rapidly, please make sure you double check your eligibility to enter the country by contacting your local Ecuadorian embassy, regardless of your nationality or origin of travel, to confirm your continued eligibility.

 

How many Tribers are going to join?

Our group sizes are already limited to 25 members whether there’s a pandemic or not. 


Back in August, we didn’t customize the size of the Chapter to the type of housing we secured. We made a blanket rule to have a maximum of 18 attendees on a Chapter. Since this decision, we’ve decided to now cap the number of participants depending on the type of accommodation and the location, instead. 


For example, if we have a property with ample space inside and outdoors, lots of ensuite bathrooms, and well-ventilated community spaces, then we can host a larger group. However, if our home is compact and missing key amenities, then we’ll reduce the group size to a number that’s appropriate for the space.

Who is going to love this chapter?

Our focus has and always will be, the building of a solid, amazing community made up of brilliant, kind, conscientious people. These new chapters moving forward are going to be great for those of you that really want to build amazing relationships and be somewhere beautiful, spacious and rich in natural beauty.  


If you feel like you need something more stimulating with a lot of events and people everywhere then it may be better for you to wait it out a little longer for chapters later this year or next year. 

New Prevention Protocols

Every Chapter has a protocol document tailored to the specific location we’re in. This document details everything about the local regulations, where to get tested, and what numbers to call if symptoms appear. It’s sent to everybody who is participating in the Chapter before we arrive. 


In addition to receiving location-specific information, we’ve created guidelines for what members can and cannot do while attending a Chapter. Using internationally recognized methods for mitigating the spread of Covid-19, members must ask themselves four questions to assess if an activity or situation is safe:


If I go there or join that activity...

  1. Can I wear a mask?
  2. Can I socially distance myself (at least 2m)?
  3. Is it an open and well-ventilated area?
  4. Will less than 50 people be in attendance? 

If the answer is “no” for any of these questions, that activity doesn’t pass the test and is discouraged. If any member participates in an activity that has made others feel unsafe, we also reserve the right to ask that person to self-isolate and take a PCR test at their own cost.

What happens if I can’t travel due to covid-related travel restrictions or cancellations?

Due to the constantly changing nature of travel WiFi Tribe is not liable for specific travel restrictions or cancellations. Please make sure you have adequate travel insurance and buy flexible tickets. For further information please look at section 10 & 11 of our Terms and Conditions.

What happens if Ecuador experiences a surge in cases?

We are constantly monitoring the number of cases and local governmental response. We will be evaluating the situation as things change and keep you informed of any changes to our current plans. For further information please look at our Terms and Conditions.

What happens if Ecuador enforces lockdown while we are on chapter?

We are in a privileged position where, if needed, we can comfortably be quarantined in our location. If a quarantine was necessary, the properties are equipped to help us spend an extended period of time in lockdown agreeably.


In addition, we will be monitoring the country’s security measures and keeping Tribers informed. Any lockdown that Ecuador has imposed in the past has limited people from coming into the country, but has not limited people from returning to their home countries. So, if people decide to leave, they should be able to do so.

 

What is Ecuador’s policy when it comes to Covid-19?

As of March 11th 2021, passengers will be required to sign a declaration form with their itinerary and local contact details upon arrival. They must also present a negative PCR test for COVID-19, taken up to 10days prior their arrival to the country.


Antigen tests (rapid test) will be randomly carried out, by the Ministry of Health (MSP), on passengers arriving in Ecuador by air, sea or land. This test will be provided by the MSP.


If you test positive in the antigen test, you will need to self-isolate for 10 days. Non-residents of Ecuador will have to self-isolate in specific hotels as determined by the local authorities and at their own expense.


If on arrival a passenger presents COVID-19 related symptoms, despite their antigen test result, they will be evaluated by a health care worker and if needed will be taken to the nearest health centre for a full evaluation.


We strongly recommend you revisit their official government site periodically and 72-48 hrs before your departure.

Health & Safety Measures

Ecuador Health Measures

Ecuador has eased the majority of their restrictions. However, all public gatherings are suspended. Pubs, nightclubs and gyms are also closed until further notice. All sport activities that cannot comply with the minimum distancing requirements are also suspended temporarily. 


On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, alcohol sales are only permitted between 6am and 10pm.


Restaurants, cinemas and theatres can operate at 30% capacity, while public transport, bus terminals and interstate and tourist transport can operate at a maximum 50% capacity. Shopping centres can operate at50% between 8:00am - 8:00pm


General Measures

  • Masks must be worn by adults and children in public transport or in enclosed public spaces, except when eating or drinking, doing physical exercise and/or if you are disabled or have a respiratory condition.
  • You must keep an interpersonal distance (set at 1.5 metres).
  • The use of products for individual hygiene (hydroalcoholic gels and soap) is encouraged.


Specific Measures

  • Curfew between 22:00 to 4:00
  • Vehicle circulation restrictions (pico y placa)
  • Shopping centers capacity reduced to 50%
  • Restaurants and hotels capacity reduced to 30%.
  • Family and social gatherings are limited to 10 people.

Useful Info: The local health number to call in case of Covid symptoms is 171

Are we expected to quarantine on arrival?

As of March 11th 2021, you are not expected to quarantine upon arrival unless you test positive for covid-19.

IMPORTANT: For the safety of all members and the local community, all members will be required to send the results of their PCR test to their host prior to their arrival on chapter.

Are we expected to get a PCR test?

For the safety of all members and the local community, all members will be required to present a negative PCR test taken up to 96 hours before your arrival on chapter.

Will I need health insurance?

Your safety is our main priority which is why travel health insurance is required to participate in this chapter. While not required, we strongly recommend that you obtain an insurance policy that will cover the event of contracting COVID-19. Our partner Safety Wings has a very comprehensive insurance. (this is an affiliate link)

What about social distancing?

It’s going to be a little harder to social distance while living with others, so we need to be extra mindful to ensure everyone's safety and comfort. We require the following:

  • Don’t go in each other’s bedrooms if you don’t need to.
  • Reduce physical contact with other members as much as possible.
  • If you go out, please ensure that you wash your hands when coming back into the house. Routinely disinfect your hands with alcohol gels and antibacterial wipes etc.
  • After using communal spaces please make the extra effort to keep them tidy and disinfect the surfaces. Your chapter host will make sure that there is a healthy supply of high quality cleaning products to do this.
  • While on chapter, members cannot attend gatherings with 50+ people.

Please consider where you are going - if you individually decide to do an activity like go to a gathering, or crowded place, you could put your fellow Tribers and the local community at risk. Please think about going on adventures that keep you together with the Tribe and involve big open spaces with plenty of light and ventilation.

Will I need to wear a face mask?

  •  Everyone should bring a supply of masks with them. Preferably masks that are washable and reusable so that it’s sustainable.
  • At home, you don’t need to wear masks unless you are cooking for others. 
  • All Tribers must wear their masks when outside the property, particularly in places like supermarkets, local shops or any public spaces where adequate social distancing cannot be maintained at all times.
  • While in restaurants and cafes, please wear a mask other than while eating.

Will the accommodation be cleaned regularly?

  • Be sure to be considerate. Cover your mouth when you cough and then remember to disinfect your hands afterwards. We will make sure there is alcohol gel stationed in as many areas of the accommodation as appropriate.
  • For people sharing a room - please be extra considerate of one another and keep things tidy as much as possible.
  • When you’ve finished working and you pack up for the day, if you’ve worked on a table, please give the table a wipe down ready for the next person.

Medication

We recommend that you bring any medicine you may need with you to troubleshoot minor ailments. To prevent misunderstanding at customs, please ensure you bring them in their original packaging. For any medication that requires a prescription, please make sure you bring the original transcript.

What is the guest policy?

  • Members can not bring external visitors to the Chapter accommodations. This includes any non-Chapter members as well as external visitors meaning dates, family, or friends who may be in the same city as the Chapter.

Is Bonus Tribing available?

To further ensure everyone’s safety, Bonus Tribing will not be available on this chapter.

Weekend Trips

An iconic part of any chapter are the weekend trips. We would want those to continue. But now we ask that we think carefully about where we go, the logistics around how we get there and where we stay. Please consider the following when planning weekend trips:

  • Can we get private transport? (e.g. hiring cars, hiring a private bus)
  • Can we avoid the use of the airport and still get there in a timely manner?
  • Is the property or accommodation set up to deal with the number of people going?
  • If someone starts to feel unwell, can we get to a local hospital? Can that local hospital deal with potential covid-19 infections?
  • Are there plenty of activities that make it easy to social distance?

On Chapter

What is the check-in process like?

We are aiming for a self check-in as seamless as possible. We will send you the instructions via slack a couple of days before your arrival with all the relevant details (which villa/house/apartment, bedroom etc). Your chapter host will be present to welcome you and answer any questions you may have.

What if you feel unwell?

If you start feeling unwell, the first thing you need to do is:

  • Contact your chapter host immediately. You should send a message on Slack and explain your symptoms. Please note that depending on your symptoms we might be required to follow the local health protocols. 
  • Regardless of the symptoms, please limit your contact with other people and wear your mask.
  • Your chapter host will assist you if you need to go to the hospital or we need to send for a doctor.
  • You will need to follow up with your insurance policy to deal with any costs but the host will be there to support and keep checking in to make sure you’re doing okay.

We are a family, so be considerate and kind. If you can help with preparing healthy food or doing a little extra grocery shopping to help and keep your fellow Triber well fed and feeling loved, then let's do that and get through it together.

What happens if I or someone in the house gets infected with Covid-19?

All of our Chapter Hosts will follow a robust process if someone in the group becomes unwell, needs to self isolate, or tests positive for Covid-19.  Our processes are taken from EU medical authorities and will work in combination with all local protocols. 


At a high-level, if anyone tests positive we’re requiring all members to self-isolate until a medical professional can administer a new test at least 4 days from their last contact with the ill person. If a government provides separate housing for those with a positive test, we’ll work with local authorities to safely move them to the approved location. If governments don’t provide housing, we’ll help the ill member secure new accommodations immediately and arrange transportation that limits human contact as much as possible.


Do these guidelines make a Chapter Covid-19 proof? No, they don’t. We recognize the impossibility of completely eliminating the risks. Our aim is to limit our exposure as much as we can and make decisions that protect local communities, our members, and teammates.

What to do if you feel people are putting others at risk?

If you feel that a member is doing something that puts you at risk, you have the following options:

  • Fill out the anonymous reporting form
  • Speak directly to your chapter host
  • Speak to the people involved and ask them to be more considerate. This approach is very much dependent on the situation and the people involved so this is not an expectation but an option.

We would ask everybody to remember that when living in a collective situation, you have to be mindful of people around you. We reserve the right to ask people to leave if they are taking unnecessary risks and putting others in danger. So we ask that you don’t take these things lightly regardless of your personal views on the matter.


This system also applies to any other grievances that pertain to any instances of things like harassment, bullying or other forms of abuse. Please see our Terms and Condition for more details.