Category Archives: Hiking Trips

February 2016 – Patagonia, Chile

February 26 – March 11…. Fly thru Santiago, Chile to the southern tip of the Patagonia region where the exploration ensues of the magnificent Torres del Paine National Park. The city of Punta Arenas is below the 46th parallel. The capital … Continue reading

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Ecuador! 3 City Tour – Always in season – timing is up to you!

Gardens & Trails – Ecuador 12 nights The adventure begins in Guayaquil at sea level. After a city tour, we make a gradual transition from the tropical Pacific Coast through the southern Loja region to the beautiful colonial city of … Continue reading

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Cotacachi

We have just visited Cotacachi, Ecuador, north of Quito. A mural by Pavel Eguez is near the community cultural center; it is in the style of the famous Ecuadorean artist Guayasamin. Then just down the street is the plaza and … Continue reading

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First Night at the EcoCamp; Second night at Cerros Cuernos Refugio

Day 8 Today was an extreme contrast to yesterday when we took a long bus trip across endless desert, strong winds, intermittent rain, blocked foggy views and freezy breezy temps. We stopped at the Malodon cave which was cold. Maybe … Continue reading

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Good morning Cotocachi

Are you there? The skies are open, the hills saturated from last night’s pounding rain and you are right behind a bank of clouds that look like a splendid snow capped volcano reaching up to 16,800 feet. I am on … Continue reading

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Travel Post: Ecuador – Intag Cloud Forest

Back from the beautiful cloud forest of Intag where at El Refugio the river rush is so strong it buries the sound of the bird calls.

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Travel Note April 2015

April 17, 2015 Dear Friends and Travelers, Happy Springtime from the Berkshires!  What a winter! And what travels we have had! A few pictures and stories from the High Sierra and the Intag Cloud Forest of Ecuador are up on … Continue reading

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Travel Post – fond memories of El Refugio de Intag

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Caves to… Castles

Day 4 This morning, we leave Les Eyzies and drive through the Vazere, a part of the Dordogne valley that is carefully protected from development for having the longest uninterrupted history of mankind in Europe. We weave along beautiful roadways … Continue reading

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A day in Quichinche, Ecuador

         

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Otavalo animal and food markets are bustling on Saturdays – all year long!

It’s near the end of the market by 9 am and many are leaving by now! This man found a pig to take home – the pig is squealing like it being tortured! The truck is here for rent in … Continue reading

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Our room at SachaJi

– a quiet surprise in the valley of Imbarura overlooking San Pablo de Lago. These grounds are stripped of invasive plants – and the result is just beautiful. Such a pleasure to visit

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El Refugio de Intag is a very special place

We walk on moss covered paths through thick vegetation by a rushing stream. We take an art class. We watch birds. We meditate. We do yoga. And we are enchanted with the energy and beauty of this place. Good morning … Continue reading

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The Equator

This is the same design created by pre Incan civilizations – here designed by scientists measuring the exact center of the world! The sun rises and sets against the mountain peaks creating a point of orientation to measure the seasons … Continue reading

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Zuleta

The celebrations on both equinox and the solstices continue every three months here. We find a couple of early revelers eager to dance in their two sided masks with llama chaps, long whip and horn/conch shell to call the community! … Continue reading

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Parque del Condor

An American eagle landing after flight demonstration – a daily event at Parque del Condor above Peguche in the High Sierras of Ecuador! — at Parque del Condor. Here she is taking off!

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Hiking through Intag

Owner, host Peter Joost orients us to the plants, birds and bugs of this lush landscape. He is an encyclopedia of all the different species. By evening, we are walking through the Intag Cloud Forest after a good downpour. Luckily … Continue reading

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ECUADOR

ART & YOGA IN THE HIGH SIERRAS J A N U A R Y 2 0 1 7 This tour is FULL. If you would like to be on a waiting list, please send us your contact information. 10 days … Continue reading

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Travel Note – Ecuador was amazing!

One of the reasons to travel is to discover new people! It was our third or fourth visit to Sachaji retreat. But this time, we met the charming Maria Teresa Ponce. She is an architect, a photographer, and the owner … Continue reading

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Valle Chacabuco near Cochrane, Chile

This huge valley is in a national park because of the generosity and the commitment by Doug and Kris Tomkins. They bought the property – the entire valley – and eventually donated the land back to the country of Chile. … Continue reading

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