For six years, Pastor Julian Bautista of Santo Domingo, Ecuador has been hosting a yearly youth camp in Puyo, Ecuador. Nestled in the shadows of the Andes mountains, the camp is a lush oasis, where the wildlife in miles of jungle far outnumbers human life. There is no wifi and no cell phone service.
Attendance has grown every year, as young people from other countries have started to discover the camp and participate. Last year, campers from several South American countries, as well as Mexico and the United States attended. For the second year in a row, brother Mark Aho will be assisting in the camp. If you want to “get away,” to a remote place where you can really focus on the Lord, this is the ultimate place to do it.
The primary language is Spanish. Services and songs are in Spanish also, though there is some translation available. If you wish to come, it would be helpful to bring a Spanish speaker with your group, to help with every day translation.
The dates of this years camp are July 20-24.
The recommended itinerary is July 17-26. Secure your own plane ticket.
At this time, round trip flights from Vancouver BC are running about $800 US. Arrive at Quito, Ecuador airport on Monday, July 17. You will need a Passport for entry. The church will be meeting arrivals on that date and and providing transportation to Santo Domingo, a 3 hour drive. From there, you will be hosted in believers homes until it is time to make the 6 hour bus ride to the camp in Puyo. There is a Wednesday night service at the church. These first days are a time to meet the believers in Ecuador, see how they live, and see some of the country. The believers in Ecuador are very kind and hospitable, though it is not a rich country.
The camp days are filled with activities, games, a swimming area fed by a mountain creek, and several services per day. There is very little “down time,” so be prepared to be exhausted. Ecuadorian young people are generally cheerful and fun loving and will try to include you in everything. In the two days following the camp, there may be time for a little touring, before departure on July 26.
Camp fees are $150 US which covers lodging in cabins and meals. Ecuador does not print its own currency, it uses United States dollars. Bring a little spending money, to cover incidental expenses and occasional meals outside of the camp days.
Plans may change “on the fly” so bring a good attitude and willingness to go with the flow.
Contact Mark Aho at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.