January 2019 – 10 days!
Refresh and Renew in the High Sierra mountains on the equator. We suggest
three destinations over ten days that offer beautiful decor, excellent service, delicious food from local gardens and magnificent scenery in the most bio diverse country in the world. Stay in the restored colonial Hacienda Cusin; explore the unique environment of the cloud forest of Intag, then to the bustle of the city of Quito, a World Heritage city since 1978 featuring monuments, museums, stunning churches and cultural energy of this thriving capital metropolis. We suggest you retreat from the city’s bustle to the homelike setting of Casa Aliso, a restored home in the finer section of ambassador homes. We return to the edge of the mountain to stay at El Refugio de Intag, a naturalist paradise for bird watching and hiking. Three worlds in ten days!
Choose to join our group experience where we provide plenty of activities and also time for personal exploration. In the city, we see churches, museums and the beautiful botanical gardens in the center city. In “el campo” of the countryside, we will visit the rim of a the Cotacachi volcano and the sites where shaman practice; we stop at the extraordinary raptor preserve, Parque Condor; then it is on to the leather village of Cotacachi & the weaver’s studio with back strap loom, the musician’s home and the wood carver’s workshop. The Saturday Otavalo Market includes the renowned Plaza de Ponchos and a modern new section for food & flowers & dining!
The morning will have time for yoga on most days. Practice with Michael Pulitzer – a gentle Kripalu style class for all abilities.
Land Cost: $2050 pp $2500 single.
We suggest a tour to the Galapagos Islands for 4 nights or 7 nights. The flight to the islands is two hours from Quito.
Christian introduces us to back strap weaving at the workshop home of Luz Maria and her father, Miguel. They are preparing the wool for carding before spinning before dying and before the weaving.
Luz Maria and her father, Miguel Andrango in their garden – April 2018.