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Ecuador, January 2016 Tour

20160125We really didn’t know what to expect with your Art Tour to Ecuador… actually apprehensive about South America travel, yet we took the leap based on knowing you folks. So how did it go?

Now back less than a week, we agree it was pretty amazing. Up in our few Trips of a Lifetime caliber.

We were on a spiritual high so much of the time, with all of the breathtaking beauty of the Andes … the intimate immersion in local traditions and cultures … meetings with remarkable artisans that felt personal, not staged or voyeuristic.

Each place we stayed was comfortable, and distinctive, again with a personal touch, from Peter in the Cloud Forest to Caesar in Hacienda Cusin, with its 1602 foundation to many gorgeous gardens. The pacing was good, always up to us really. The yoga sessions with Michael added to the spiritual wonderfulness and ease of the trip. Plus Monica got a half dozen one-one-one Spanish lessons, amidst the language immersion.

Great travel companions, too.

We see you’re going to offer this trip in the coming year. We highly recommend the Art Tour to Ecuador, and we’re certainly open to other New View excursions, so keep us informed.

With thanks and best wishes, Dan & Monica Shaw

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Ramelle (left), Monica, Ivan, XXX, Michael (Ramelle’s husband and a wonderful yoga teacher!) and Dan. All having lunch at Laguna Cuicocha. Trout for everyone!

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#NewViewTours Ramelle Pulitzer shared a breathtaking hiking path that is one of her favorites. here with EunYoung Sebazco & Sarah Owens w Marco – Cusin pooch.

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Leeann Lavin


Ecuador, January 2016

To Ramelle & Michael

We really didn’t know what to expect with your Art Tour to Ecuador… actually apprehensive about South America travel, yet we took the leap based on knowing you folks. So how did it go?

Now back less than a week, we agree it was pretty amazing. Up in our few Trips of a Lifetime caliber.

We were on a spiritual high so much of the time, with all of the breathtaking beauty of the Andes … the intimate immersion in local traditions and cultures … meetings with remarkable artisans that felt personal, not staged or voyeuristic.

Each place we stayed was comfortable, and distinctive, again with a personal touch, from Peter in the Cloud Forest to Caesar in Hacienda Cusin, with its 1602 foundation to many gorgeous gardens. The pacing was good, always up to us really. The yoga sessions with Michael added to the spiritual wonderfulness and ease of the trip. Plus Monica got a half dozen one-one-one Spanish lessons, amidst the language immersion.

Great travel companions, too.

We see you’re going to offer this trip in the coming year. We highly recommend the Art Tour to Ecuador, and we’re certainly open to other New View excursions, so keep us informed.

With thanks and best wishes, Dan & Monica Shaw


Castles & Caves 2015

I am writing you rather bleary eyed and ‘happily’ weary after just getting
back from a most engaging ‘expedition’ and adventure exploring Prehistoric
cave art, charming castles and following a pilgrimage trail to fantastic cathedrals
in the sky! All in the beautiful and breathtaking French and Spanish countryside.

In other words, we went from Pre-historic to Post-Modern (Bilbao Museum),
from ‘Medieval’/14th Century lodgings to a most Modern Hotel and from cave
art (dating back thousands and thousands of years) to Jean-Michel Basquiat’s
‘graffiti’ art, with no stops in between!!

Every part of the trip, exciting, enlarging, dynamic and awe-inspiring,
as our New View Tour scouts/guides, the Plulitzer’s, lead us through it all with
curious and probing minds that kept us focused , engaged, and informed.

My traveling companions were grand fun and all went-with-the-flow, and
included an artist and a photographer (who will send me a disc picturing
our ‘indescribable’ trip, which I will try to share with you.)

WE ended up at the Bilbao Museum, which is something you must see to believe.
It is an explosion of massive geometric shapes made of glass, steel, titanium and
lime stone, filled, of course, with the most modern of modern art! Challenging?!

In short, a learning journey that was an unexpected and bountiful surprise, leaving
me with a lot of new facts, unchartered waters that need more thought and a great
enjoyment of the ‘unknown’…

It was COOL and most memorable!

Katherine Abraham


From the first Cuenca Tour 2015

MUST DO!
Dear All,

IF, at all possible, you must take a ‘New View’ tour with the Pulitzers, to wherever and whatever suits your interests. New Views is exactly what you get: unique and special.

Out trip to Ecuador with them was ‘memorable’. It was a perfect mix of adventure, exploration and learning about a new culture and country. All of it was done with a personal touch and they took great care in our planning the trip and while traveling that we were comfortable with what we were doing and where we were going.

Every guide they used was excellent, our accommodations varied from modern to a Colonial homestead, a bird refuge in the Cloud Forest and ending with the most ‘magical’ Hacienda Cusin, San Pablo, Ecuador.

Along the way, Michael even gave us our first yoga-meditation session in a room that faced the peaks and valleys of Ecuador’s magnificent volcanoes.

WE really can’t give our trip its due justice in an e mail. We highly suggest that you go to their web site blog and read about where they are going next.

WE know there is a trip to Ecuador planned for March and an exciting and ‘new view’ tour to France to visit caves and castles.

Your happy travelers, Katherine and Lee


from the Argentina Tour 2014

“We  thank you for all the detailed planning and attention to our needs that made our trip to  Argentina a huge success. ”

Gail and Richard Davis from California & Massachusetts


Chile and Argentina, 2013

I pronounce that being with you all (the group)  in Chile and Argentina was a wonderful dream.  What good travelers, what good company! Each of you brought an element that helped me to enjoy details of the trip in an new way.  From our harbor cruise in Valparaiso, thru the boat launch to see the penguins, crossing the Andes by boat, the public bus.  Oh, my, too many things to highlight, but it was a great 2 weeks, with lots of food for thought upon return, and now OUR pope.  Hope the rest of your 2013 continues in such a stimulating vein.

Georgeanne Rousseau, Stockbridge, MA


Galapagos 2013

Hi Ramelle and Michael,

We’re home and slowly getting back into the routine of daily life.
We had a fabulous trip in the Galapagos – it’s another world out there.  The Galaxy was perfect – comfortable, good guide and crew and yummy food (way too much of it).  Our group was very compatible on the cruise. Our favorite was the group touring the mainland.   Every transfer worked without a hitch thanks to your arrangements.  Thanks a million for all your effort-we really appreciated it.  We thoroughly enjoyed our entire visit and especially meeting all of your friends and your cousin, Lorna. Hope your travels went well.

See you soon.
Sarah Boyd, Stockbridge, MA

Greetings Ramelita y Miguel,

I wanted to drop you a line; the Galapagos trip was excellent, memorable and unique. Our Flamingo boat with 20 people was a great group, very well planned. Four families each with two daughters of similar ages and two other couples of similar ages.We had two outstanding guides Billy and Pepe, and the crew was outstanding , friendly, and highly organized.  And we were fed very well with three meals and two snacks per day.  But we were very active every day with hiking, snorkels , explorations.All exceeded expectations and it will be hard to express the experience to people , but we will have a few photos to share.We also thoroughly enjoyed our brief Andes adventure and your group was super friendly and welcoming.  We now have a taste of the high Andes for the next time.

Nick Kukulan, Piedmont, California


Ecuador 2013

Dear Ramelle and Michael,
Thank you, thank you! What a fantastic trip to Ecuador and what an absolute pleasure it was to travel with you and your group. I had an amazing experience and am so grateful to you both for your thoughtful planning and cheerful leadership. There were so many highlights I’m not even sure where to start, but the people on the trip were some of the nicest I’ve ever met. I can’t wait to reconvene and share pictures! Please be in touch if you’re in near South Boston.

Nancy Kukulan, daughter, Boston, MA

Dear Ramelle and Michael –

Just a quick note to say how much we enjoyed our trip to Ecuador…Quito and the highlands were a high point for sure, and the Galapagos trip was wonderful as well. We are still working on our photos, unpacking and putting things away, catching up on the mail, etc. etc.

Thank you again for all that you did to make our trip so pleasurable. We had wonderful experiences all along the way – from our hikes in the higher elevations to our snorkeling adventures in the Pacific.

Managed to avoid Montezuma’s revenge, seasickness, altitude sickness, lost baggage, canceled flights, and the many ills that can accompany travel to faraway places. And we are very grateful for that.

Looking forward to seeing you soon.
Lenore and Paul Sundberg, Stockbridge, MA


2012 Tour to Ecuador

Ecuador beckons again, but I will remain here in Austin.  I wish you and Michael well and hope that your travels continue to be a success.  I fondly recall our Spanish lessons in Otavalo and the warm receptions at Las Palmeras and Hacienda Cusin — and the tours of Quito — and all your many efforts to make things interesting and comfortable for all of us.  The various excursions and accommodations were excellent. You do a lot of effective planning! Thanks again.

From George Stricker


“When New View Tours send us their High Sierra Tour to Ecuador information last November Lamar’s book club had just finished reading The Mapmakers Wife, a story of a scientific expedition that went to Ecuador in the 1730’s to investigate whether the world was in fact round or oblong. We had friends who had been to Ecuador and said what a
wonderful trip it had been. We decided to join Michael and Ramelle on the 8 day trip and we were blown away by the beauty of the region. We stayed at Monasterio adjacent to Hacienda Cusin and Nik Millhouse was our gracious host there. Our small group made half day trips out from there, a wonderful pace and stress free thanks to Ramelle’s careful
planning and linguistic skills.

“We had time to visit and tour Quito the colonial capital of Ecuador. We were amazed and surprised to find Quito such a beautiful city with architectural wonders not seen in Europe.
Lamar and I have not reservation in recommending this trip and indeed we look forward to returning ourselves.”

Charles and Lamar Taft (2011 tour)


“Ecuador is an incredibly beautiful and welcoming place. The flight from Miami was only about four hours long, but it seemed as if we landed much farther from home. Quito is a huge, bustling, modern city, and then the mountains and the smaller towns bring a feeling of long-ago-and far-away. Going to the markets was fun–and I am not generally much of a shopper–and the prices were certainly right. The fact that they use United States currency (and electric currents) made transactions easy. Lasting impressions: color, color, color; friendliness; big mountains, a sky closer than at home; cool nights, warm days. A very good trip.”

Genie Carr, Winston-Salem, NC (2009 Tour)

Andean Condor Sculpture, Artist: Guyasamin

“The well planned adventure with lovely lodging at Casa Cusin, excellent transportation, articulate guides, and the discovery of hidden gems through out the country side made this trip one of the best values in travel.”

Judith Smith, Winston-Salem, NC (2008, 2010 Tours)


“A slow horseback ride, a mountain hike to 14,000 feet, delicious soups and new fruit juices, a visit to a rose plantation, buying a wool sweater at the Otavallo market, a fireplace we used each night in our room, seeing the cultivated hillsides, enjoying our fellow travellers and tour guide and appreciating the history of the people of Equador:  these are a few of my favorite memories!”

Bill Gramley, Lewisville, NC (2003 Tour)