Ecoventura vs Discover Corps - Tour Companies Compared

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Rating Breakdown
Overall — 5
Value — 5.0
Guide — 5.0
Activities — 5.0
Lodging — 5.0
Transportation — 5.0
Meals — 5.0
Overall — 4.5
Value — 4.6
Guide — 4.6
Activities — 4.6
Lodging — 4.6
Transportation — 4.6
Meals — 4.6
Recent Reviews

It was a life changing experience!

5.0 July 2018
FC
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
It was a life changing experience! The guides were fantastic and professional! The food was wonderful! I came away with a new appreciation of our wonderful world!

Tour Ecoventura Company Reviews

amazing destination

5.0 November 2017
R
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
The Origin is a fabulous boat, the crew and naturalists were outstanding, and the islands are of course an amazing destination. We are planning our return trip with this vessel. Need I say more?

Tour Ecoventura Company Reviews

This was a wonderful dream fulfilled!

5.0 October 2017
D
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
I loved my trip to the south/central Galapagos with Ecoventura! Our naturalist, Pepe, was outstanding! The crew, from the Captain to first mates George and Luis went above and beyond the call to make our trip safe and amazing--just being able to abandon our gourmet lunch to watch whales and bottlenose dolphins surfing in our bow wake--how wonderful! The food surpassed my expectations. This was a wonderful dream fulfilled! Thank you!
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Tour Ecoventura Company Reviews

Meaningful beyond words!

5.0 April 2019
Toal
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
We experimented Tanzania through Discover Corps! Our trip included service and safari. We adored working with the children, being with the people and seeing animals on Safari. This trip was one of the best things we’ve ever done for ourselves!!!
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Tour Discover Corps Company Reviews

Fun in Japan

5.0 November 2018
JCO
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
We really enjoyed our Discover Corps tour and can't wait to return to Japan. My wife and I took the Discover Corps cultural trip to Japan (Started in Tokyo-then a bullet train to Kyoto & more local trains to Osaka). The transportation system works well and no cars were ever needed. We were completely taken care of from booking and then thru the process. Adrienne did a great job of informing us of all the details-no planning required. Our guides in Japan, Aki and Miwa, were very knowledgeable local people & made sure we were having a unforgettable time! The cultural experience in Japan was terrific. Great mix of excitement; watching Sumo and participating in Kendo. The food was wonderful plus we were able to participate in sushi making!
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Tour Discover Corps Company Reviews

Excellent

5.0 July 2018
B
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
We lived in the African bush for 10 days. Accommodations were wonderful - tents with nice furniture and attached bathrooms. Plenty of hot water! Food was delicious and quite sophisticated. But the best were the wildlife experiences led by an extremely knowledgeable and personable guide. All the staff were kind and professional.
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Tours 0 Trip 28 Trips
Average Trip Price Per Day $ 0 $ 399
Operator Type Small Ship & Expedition Cruise Line Group Tour Operator
Size Local Specialist Global Operator
Trip Types
  • Group Tours
  • Small Ship & Expedition Cruises
  • River Cruises
  • Group Tours
  • Private Guided Trips
Service Level Luxury Standard
Regions
  • South America
  • Rivers & Seas
  • Central America & Caribbean
  • South America
  • Australia & Pacific
  • Asia
  • Africa
Known For
  • Eco Travel
  • Scuba Diving
  • Adventure
  • 50+
  • 18 - 35
  • Solo & Singles Travel
  • Eco Travel
  • Volunteering
Headquarters Guayaquil, Ecuador San Diego, California
Year Established N/A 2004
Solo Friendly N/A No single supplement
Tour Languages N/A English
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      About Ecoventura

      Ecoventura  is all about cruising the Galapagos -- it doesn't just do the Galapagos along with lots of other cruises. Its three identical expedition motor yachts -- the M/Y Eric, Flamingo I and Letty -- were custom-designed for Galapagos cruising: While nearly 25 years old, you'd never know it because they're refurbished annually. You'll find lots of teak and brass fittings and the lounge area is very comfortable for pre-dinner socializing or reading a book at any time. There's also plenty of outdoor deck space. 

      With just ten (spacious) cabins, all facing outside and with private bathrooms, the ships each hold a maximum of  20 passengers. It's easy to get to know everyone on board if you want. 

      The key, though, is the thorough coverage of the Galapagos themselves. You'll take in up to eight islands on the seven-day trips, with chances to view most of the marine mammal, reptile and bird species that inhabit them, as well as research facilities. Besides hiking to view the animals, you'll have plenty of chances to swim, snorkel or scuba dive among sea turtles, sea lions, and tropical fish. 

      Guides are trained, local, and knowlegeable, and Ecoventura is dedicated to sound environmental stewardship of these fragile island habitats. 

      About Discover Corps

      San Diego based tour company Discover Corps is a leader in the rapidly growing field of volunteer vacations. Operating since 2004, Discovery Corps trips average one to two weeks and focus on volunteering either with children and schools or with animals and wildlife conservation.

      What Makes Discover Corps Stand Out?

      They are focused on providing travel experiences with a wider humanitarian purpose - and help you put your tourism dollars to good use on the ground. The world of “voluntourism” is a sticky area, and has been met with some criticism over the years, so traveling with a reputable and transparent company has become super important.

      With Discover Corps, volunteering, responsible tourism, and giving back to local communities is their entire brand - not just a buzzword on the “about us” page. So for those travelers who truly want to make their vacation about volunteering first and tourism second, Discover Corps is a great choice.

      Discover Corps trips are all inclusive, and while volunteering is the primary focus, sightseeing and cultural activities are also included. Their trips are very popular among families, friend groups, and solo travelers.

      Who Will Enjoy Traveling With Discover Corps?

      These tours are best suited to travelers who want to have a humanitarian focus on their next trip. And if this idea is new to you, but you are interested in getting involved, Discover Corp is a great way to start.

      The average age on a Discover Corps trip is 45-65 except in summer, when families with children as young as 10 are welcome on “family friendly” trips.

      Wildlife lovers as well will love the opportunities available on Discover Corps Nature & Wildlife conservation tours. You’ll have a chance to get up close to some amazing species, learn about their habitats, and get to participate in various initiatives designed to protect these habitats.

      Top Destinations

      Discover Corp travels around the world, in rural villages, beach locations, and rainforests. Popular destinations are primarily in Asia, Africa, and Latin America.

      Discover Corps Travel Style

      Their all-inclusive trips combine light volunteer projects with sightseeing and cultural immersion. They also offer support while you’re on site – from building classrooms to improving water systems to creating eco-friendly homes. The ideas come from the local communities themselves, and local staff plan everything in advance.

      Why Choose a Tour With Discover Corps?

      If you’re the kind of person who likes being actionable and getting involved with protecting threatened cultures, wildlife, and contributing to growing communities in need of schools and homes, then Discover Corps would be a great choice.

      Volunteer vacations are one of the best ways to get to know the local people on a different level than many tour companies provide. Rather than simply enjoying a meal at a local restaurant, you’re out in the neighborhoods meeting everyday people.

      “Traveling with a purpose” might seem like a thrown around phrase these days, but it is the entire philosophy around every Discovery Corps trips. So when you join one of their tours, you’ll be surrounded by guides and other travelers for whom this isn’t a buzzword - it’s an important and meaningful mission.

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