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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.
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 is a membership-based community of remote professionals who travel together without sacrificing their careers. Our travel style is a bit unconventional–it's collaborative, community-focused, and even more fulfilling because we get to share it. Each Chapter is a moment in time where we colive, cowork, and explore a new country, getting our work done during the week and adventuring in our downtime.
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