It started more than twenty years ago with a man named Delfin Pauchi, and today one of G Adventures’ first homestays has been recognized by National Geographic Travelers as one of their “50 Tours of a Lifetime.”
Two decades ago, a G Adventures CEO connected with Delfin, a guide in the Amazon jungle. Despite the language barrier, Delfin welcomed a small group into his home to experience daily life in the jungle with his family and discover the natural wonders of the Amazon. Little did we know that this humble act of generosity would evolve into an extraordinary and life-changing partnership. This Ecuadorian homestay is now offered as an original Local Living trip, including a four-day homestay in the Amazon, culture nights and jungle walks – proving that there’s much more to Ecuador than photo ops and shopping for souvenirs.
Sounds pretty cool, right? It’s better to let some visuals do the talking – check out this video featuring G Adventures founder Bruce Poon Tip catching up with Delfin on the occasion of G Adventures’ twentieth anniversary a few years ago.
Says Delfin: “Over the past twenty years, our lives have changed for the better in so many ways. Travellers have helped me support my family and have improved life in the jungle for all of us. Most importantly, we now have a school so the children from our village can learn to read and write. I have enjoyed sharing my village and meeting so many people who are interested in learning about our life in the jungle. I hope many more continue to come and we look forward to meeting all of them. We started as friends but now we are family, and I want to thank Bruce for relying on us all of these years and allowing me to share my home with so many incredible people.”
That’s exactly the point of our Local Living trips: They give you the chance to get up close and personal with the local community and experience what it’s like to be a part of a unique culture. Today, so many years later and countless life-changing experiences shared, Delfin remains a loyal friend and invaluable partner.
Take a look at our Local Living Ecuador: Amazon Jungle trip – it was one of the first of its kind. To top it all off, this trip has been so successful that National Geographic Traveler’s Magazine has just named it one of the “50 Tours of a Lifetime.” Proof that G Adventure’s Local Living in Ecuador trip ought to be on your list of life-changing experiences.