New View Fall and Winter Trips

Hello Friends and Travelers,

Greetings! I write awaiting an enormous thunder storm moving very quickly up from the
mid Atlantic states to cool us off here in New England; right on schedule for a respite from
the long sun baked days of summer. This is the season for celebration in these low rolling
Berkshire hills where festivals of music, theatre, and dance rotate through; performances
changing weekly. We stay on our toes to catch what we can!

At the same time, Michael and I are planning and booking New View Tours Fall and Winter trips: listed here on the website.

Refresh, Explore, Restore!

BordeauxIn September 2017, we go with a small group to the Dordogne Valley in Southwest France.
“Castles & Caves Tour” starts in Bordeaux exploring the restored World Heritage city between the ocean and two rivers, an historic, renowned trade center! The New View will be the Wine Museum housed in a contemporary glass walled building! We travel through the medieval city of St. Emillion to Les Eyzies and Beynac; admire early architecture of castles and churches in the midst wine vineyards dating from the 9th century. The tour features the cave painters, the artists of pre-history who drew and carved on walls of limestone deep underground. The New View will be the reproduction: Lascaux IV opened in late 2016. It is a digitized imaging of the original cave (that I saw when I was 11 years old). Then on to Toulouse and Albi and Carcasonne. We are grateful to Ophorus, our travel partners in the Perigord who are able to acquire the cherished tickets to enter these exceptional destinations. As the 2017 tour is full, and we have a good deal of interest, we
will offer Castles & Caves in September 2018.

Ready to Retreat & Relax?

Michael PulitzerTry a tour to our favorite retreat, My Sachaji in the Imbabura Valley in the High Sierras of Ecuador in October 2017 with emphasis on peace and relaxation: gentle restorative yoga, time for personal reflection, and time for exploration of markets and villages; always at your own pace. Meaning “Beloved Mountain” this wellness sanctuary is surrounded by Mother Earth and the Andean Mountains in Ecuador. The journey promises to leave you feeling rejuvenated, revitalized and refreshed.The region is undergoing fascinating cultural transformation as contemporary conveniences mesh with traditional ways of indigenous peoples. Enjoy a balance of both from the spectacular newly constructed SachaJi Retreat Center under Imbabura Mountain, overlooking San Pablo Lake.

Isle de Sol, Lake Titikaka, BoliviaReady to Explore?
Michael and I are going to travel to Bolivia in April 2018. Join us on a trip to this exceptionally beautiful land locked country, growing very fast, in the heart of the continent where two Andean ranges extend north/south with the distinctive altiplano between. Still under recognized as a travel destination, we plan to enjoy the South American country life style with stunning country side with haciendas and restored colonial buildings as our boutique hotels.

Details: We fly through Panama City to reach the international airport in the growing main city of Santa Cruz, about 7 hours from NYC. Stay overnight, take short blight to Sucre at mid-altitude, good for acclimation, the center of a rich weaving tradition, see ASUR museum as excellent introduction to the various regional sub-styles. Stay in pleasant boutique hotels. There is enough to do to spend three nights here including a city tour one day, then a nice hike in the countryside on the second day… It’s a three hour drive up to Potosi where we plan for cold nights at 4,090 m. Main must-see attractions are the Royal Mint, and the stunning churches here. Going down a silver mine is an acquired taste, and carries some risk; we budget half a day for this optional activity. Considering the historical importance of the city, we spend two nights. Then it’s on to Uyuni on a paved highway for three nights: we have a day out on the salt flats to visit Isla Pescado; a day in the northern end of the lake where there are some farming hamlets and the Thunupa Volcano, offering some tempting (optional) hiking. The last leg will be a blight up to La Paz for two nights, the highest capitol city in the Americas, and then 2 nights on Island of the Sun in Lake Titicaca to round out our two week adventure.

Dates: April 7 – 21, 2018 Cost: $3500 pp land.
International flights from NYC to Santa Cruz are $700 RT.

Add Ons: Are you The Intrepid Traveler? We can arrange it! Continue to Cuzco, Peru to explore the Sacred Valley and the Citadel.
Machu Picchu? Or another option is to visit the Colca Canyon in Peru and the arid white sands city of Arequipa en route to Lima for international flights home.
New Gift: I am delighted to share a truly delightful surprise from traveler, Carole Hyatt
who made this collage for us in appreciation for her trip to Hacienda Cusin and the Galapagos Islands last March, 2017.

Carole Hyatt Collage

New View for You? Be sure to stay in touch if you would like to chat about travel, our
favorite destinations. We will be delighted to offer travel planning assistance to you and
yours. We can help book reservations, or do that all by yourself!

Reading List Update: We’ve added Death in Dordogne, “a cut above pulp biction” but great fun summer reading! Authors: Louis Sanders & Adrianna Hunter. It gets 3 stars on Amazon!

New View News:
We have a new ad, with many thanks to Amanda at StudioTwo:

Fall and Winter Travel Ad

Best wishes,

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Winter 2018

Your choice.

Let us book a trip for you and your friends and or family.

Contact Ramelle.

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10 Reasons to Visit My Sachaji

My SachaJi is the natural choice for wellness. We’re nestled into the Ecuadorian Andes, a mountain range that possesses special qualities for both physical and spiritual healing: the altitude, the proximity to the equator and sun, and the connection to the natural world and Indigenous community are all unique to the eco-lodge.

Our wellness spa is a space to find balance, relaxation, energy and to re-learn how to breathe. Our range of experiences, from yoga and meditation to detoxing and relaxing massages are all against the stunning backdrop of volcanos and San Pablo Lake.

Here are 10 reasons why My SachaJi is the wellness retreat for you:

  1. We’re easy to reach! At My SachaJi you can get away from reality in just a four-hour flight from Miami, and then a one-and-a-half-hour drive from Quito airport. There are also regular flights to Quito from Los Angeles, New York, and Amsterdam and Madrid in Europe.
  2. The altitude supercharges your healing: at 2,960 metres above sea level you will improve your heart and circulation, boosting the number of young, red blood cells; enhance metabolism; ease pains; increase your quality of sleep and improve your outlook on life.

  3. The site itself has an almost supernatural energy, and from the moment you arrive at My SachaJi you will notice the incredible vibration. Pre-Columbians said that some higher power is present where a volcano and a lake meet, and Ecuadorians believe that Imbabura is the most powerful volcano of them all.
  4.  My SachaJi is on an incredible energy point: not only is it on the equatorial line, it’s one of the closest places to the sun on earth, harnessing the four elements to promote equilibrium. What’s more, some say that the core of the Earth’s energies resides here in the Ecuadorian Andes, having moved from the Himalayas with the Age of Aquarius.

  5. At My SachaJi, we call on the wisdom and healing powers of the local Indigenous community and Pachamama, Mother Earth of the Andean world. Mama Rosa, an expert in traditional medicine and wellness from the nearby community of Angla who learned the ancient techniques from her grandmother, works to restore your balance with specially chosen herbs, plants, lotions and incense.
  6. We truly understand and care about your healing. Whatever you want to work on, we’d climb mountains to help you through it. We add extra touches: after your Let Go & Connect massage treatment, we sit with you in front of the incredible view with an individually chosen herbal tea to help you make sense of your experience.

  7. Our approach to wellness is complete and holistic. My SachaJi offers a wide range of wellness experiences: yoga within the eco lodge or on ancient sacred pyramids, hot tub with a view, massages and treatments for relaxation, de-stressing, energising and balancing and even walks accompanied by our rescue dogs.

  8. My SachaJi is a truly sustainable space in Ecuador and designed for balance. We use recycled materials in our constructions, renewable energy, and grow our own organic fruit and vegetables. As well as your own wellness, you’ll be caring for the world around you and helping to preserve it for generations to come.

  9. The Indian market town of Otavalo, lakes, pyramids, volcanos and historic haciendas are on our doorstep. My SachaJi is the ideal springboard for adventure: trekking, horse-back riding, mountain-biking and water sports are in abundance around the lakes and volcanos of the Imbabura region.
  10. Explore incredible Ecuador before or after relaxing in My SachaJi: the Galápagos Islands, colonial Quito, and the stunning wildlife of the Amazon rainforest are within easy reach.

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Custom Designed Travel Itineraries

For non-profit organizations, families and friends.

2017/2018 Tours Forming Now! Tours designed with your  interests in mind:
art, hiking, history, wine tasting, yoga, photography, just friends!

Our Favorites: South America & Southwest France
Check out our calendar!

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A Tour to Southwest France

September 2017

castles of Southwest FranceNew View Tours is pleased to offer a 11 night/12-day exploration of the Castles and
Caves in the Perigord region in southwest France.

This trip will be an exploration of the earliest artists and architecture in south west
France. Plans are in place to visit a variety of pre-historic caves with magnificent
paintings, etchings and relief sculptures created 19 – 28,000 years ago. The
newest cave is a re-creation – Lascaux lV opened December 2016. We have tickets
to the original, exclusive Font-de-Gaume; Rouffignac, Cap Blanc and Peche
Merle. We explore castles of Beynac and Castlenaud, where English and French
kings battled across the banks of the Dordogne River. Our first stop is Bordeaux,
we include the new Museum of Wine; in Les Eyzies we see the amazing National
PreHistoric Museum of France. Albi is home of the 13 century brick cathedral
and the Toulouse Lautrec Museum. It all comes together in medieval bastides –
fortified “new towns” built by nobles – for example Saint Emilion, Sarlat, Saint
Cirq Lapopie – each unique communes. We’ll wrap up our tour with travels across
the Lot valley to Carcassonne.

The itinerary is a draft and may be adapted to include other favorite destinations,
your individual choice and opportunities and circumstances as they crop up!

Contact Ramelle for a detailed itinerary.

Travel days: Tour starts in Bordeaux Wednesday September 20; wrap up tour in Toulouse on Saturday, September 30, 2017. Tour is designed for 6-10 travelers. We have room for two more.

Cost: $6,500 per person single | $5,300 per person double occupancy

Cave Art

Option: Caves of Spain – Oct 1-5  Add on 4 nights/5 days to visit prehistoric caves in Spain. see the Altamira Museum and cave reproduction; visit Bilbao to see the Guggenheim and the Museo des Bellas Artes with it’s exceptional collection of European and provincial
art. Drive 4 hours back to Bordeaux to connect to your international flight to US.

$800 per person double occupancy

To reserve your place, please complete the online Registration Form.

Be sure to check out the book “Stepping Stones” by Christine Desdesmaines Hugon

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