CanopyCo carbon offsetting and reforestation in Ecuador, South America.

CanopyCo Group Reforestation and Cultural programme in Intag

This programme has been designed to fulfill various requirements of service learning and environmental based university programmes for visitors to Ecuador. It is equally suited for tourist groups in Ecuador as a way off the beaten track to enjoy a cultural and educational experience in a cloud forest region of Ecuador, whilst helping with the reforestation of water sources using native tree species.

Programme Outline:


The Intag Valley of northern Ecuador is located on the western slope of the Andes between Cotocachi and Los Bancos, and is swathed in cloud forest and small farms. The Alto Chocó cloud forest of the valley is one of the world’s ten most bio-diverse ecosystems, and is deemed a Biodiversity “hot spot” by UNESCO. During the last two decades, the Intag valley has gained a reputation for its staunch resistance to mining interests and an investment in sustainable development and eco-tourism.


Reforestation days on community and private farmland in the region alongside community members. Where possible, all native trees are sourced from local enterprise community tree nurseries. Groups will reforest their carbon footprint for their trip (additional fee) plus plant trees to help increase our growing carbon bank.

Talks given by key figures in the area from youth, activist, and community groups on a variety of subjects including sustainable development planning, politics, small scale agricultural models, and cooperative enterprise and micro-credit programs. These meetings will also focus on the controversy over a proposed copper mine in the valley.

A hike through the Alto Chocó cloud forest and an agroecology tour of the region, visiting farms, community managed forests, and permaculture projects.

Family homestays for the participants whereby they will get to experience how local families live, whilst contributing to their economy though the programme fee.

Optional Spanish lessons in the community Spanish school, one of the first of its type in Ecuador which uses only local trained teachers.

All activities can be tailored to meet individual groups interests.


A healthy attitude and willingness to work in solidarity with a poor community are the only requirements to participate. Although a working knowledge of Spanish certainly enhances your experience, it is not required. Your bilingual guide will be available to translate talks, instructions, and some conversations.


All food, transport (on private bus from Otavalo to Intag and pickups during the stay), family homestay lodging (5 nights), project materials, reforestation days, speakers, guides and activities as well as a $40 contribution for offsetting the groups carbon footprint for the trip.

A bi-lingual delegation guide responsible for organizing and guiding the trip.

NOTE: Participants are responsible for their own medical and travel insurance.


The programme cost is $345US per person for a 6 day trip with a minimum group size of 10 persons (other programmes can be arranged for smaller groups but with a different cost structure).

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