Ecuador’s Amazon: A Once-In-A-Lifetime Experience

Caitlin Hotchkiss April 10, 2013 5

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.

Getting There

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.


  1. Janis Blackall April 12, 2013 at 4:50 pm - Reply

    I just got back from Inland and Amazon where we stayed with Delfin and his family for 2 of those nights. I have to say that the stay with his warm and inviting family in the middle of the jungle was the highlight of that trip! GAdventure is very lucky to have such a great host in such a beautiful place on earth.

  2. cecelia degiere April 13, 2013 at 2:49 pm - Reply

    couldn’t get video to work.
    Would love to see it!

  3. Sean Russo April 18, 2013 at 1:23 pm - Reply

    Delfin is such an amazing individual and amazing host. Would love to do this trip again.

  4. Cecelia deGiere June 27, 2013 at 6:52 pm - Reply

    Video is up and running now. Thanks!
    I remember arriving at Delphin’s home late at night, dark with No electricity, quickly followed by an amazing thunder and lightening storm. The whole trip was a wonderful adventure.
    I even recognize many of the school children. They are really growing up.
    Take this trip, you will never forget it!

  5. Neal June 28, 2013 at 12:30 pm - Reply

    As the CEO in Ecuador at the time we had been engaged in a HomeStay with a community. The journey to the community had become an arduous task to expect passengers to do an extended jungle hike for the first time in their life. Sounds romantic? It was muddy and sweaty and a long slog. I started looking for a single family to work with to make the GAP trip more intimate and Delfin and Estella fully embraced this sharing their life and children with strangers in rubber boots. 20 years on it is nice to see this relationship continue to flourish. So if you happen to be sitting at his place staring into a fire ask him what he dreamt last night and get ready to be amazed.

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