Category Archives: Ecuador

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 … Continue reading

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Peaceful Gardens & Trails – a trip to Ecuador

A 10 day trip Refresh and Renew with Yoga included to the High Sierra mountains on the equator Three destinations on this tour will offer beautiful decor, excellent service, delicious food from local gardens in the most bio diverse country … Continue reading

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Travel & Yoga!

This October, 2017, join us on a gentle exploration of a beautiful Ecuador taking time to reflect, review and renew the spirit with yoga practice designed around the daily activities. We stay at a new retreat center, a “healing hotel” … Continue reading

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Peaceful Gardens & Trails – a trip to Ecuador!

October 19 – 29, 2017 Refresh and Renew with yoga included in the High Sierra Mountains on the equator. Three destinations on this tour will offer beautiful decor, excellent service, delicious food from local gardens in the most bio diverse … Continue reading

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Hiking to Fuya Fuya

Climbed to the base of Fuya Fuya overlooking Mojanda Lake to 13,300 ft, about 3000 ft up. Weather changed every 5 minutes. With Mike Brinkley who gets the award for the most active member of the group this year!  

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Hacienda Cusin

Last look back at Hacienda Cusin before travel to Intag Cloud Forest!  

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El Refugio de Intag

Last day at El Refugio de Intag in the cloud forest – a beautiful morning here! Lots of avian activity.

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Condor Preserve

Harriett the Harris Hawk at the Condor Preserve above San Pablo del Lago Ecuador.  

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Riding

Salem Students riding past the entrance to Hacienda Cusin – two of them on horseback for the first time! Perfect weather for a ride.

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Insects of Intag Cloud Forest

Cool bugs at night on the playground under the light- El Refugio de Intag – http://www.elrefugiocloudforest.com

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Intag Cloud Forest

Salem students and their professor Kim Varnadoe tasting coffee in the cloud forest of Intag at the Collectivo; and a morning walking along the river to find Lupe milking the cow. Toke gets a few green stickers!

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At the Equator

Salem College Jan Term group enjoys striding along the equator. They are in full view of snow capped Cayumbe – the enormous volcanic mountain that disappeared back behind the clouds within 2-3 minutes of this pix.

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The Equator

All photos courtesy of Beth de Garcia

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Quito, Ecuador

Inside the Presidential palace in front of the 1960 Guayasamin tile mural – President Corea opens the palace – that is his home and work place (he’s away today). Lines can be long but we rearved a timed ticket. It … Continue reading

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Hanging with the Locals

Fooling with phones in Plaza Gutierrez outside the sisal weaving collective!

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Morning to putter at El Refugio de Intag….perfect!

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Siempre Verde

Oswaldo carries our lunch to Siempre Verde, a surprise retreat built in the midst of thick vegetation. Peaceful place designed for school groups. Bird sightings include the toucan!

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Andean Traditions

More pix of Cuicocha lake in province of Cotacachi Ecuador. Salem students are good sports about a variety of experiences, including a visit to the Music Man at the end of the day. We are listening to the family play … Continue reading

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Shaman Traditions

Our guide, Ivan Suarez is explaining the shaman traditions here at the lunar calendar on the rim of Cuicocha lake….then we trek about a quarter of the way around, always keeping the islands in view – they look like 2 … Continue reading

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Weaving Workshop

Luz Maria in her weaving workshop in Agato demonstrates again the back strap process; washing the wool, cleaning it, carding it, dying it, spinning it…then setting up the loom! Here we see baskets of sheep wool at various stages of … Continue reading

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