Introduction

Culturally diverse traditions

A small country with big appeal, Ecuador has it all: easy-going people, diverse indigenous cultures, incomparable handicrafts, lively markets, lovely colonial cities, towering Andean volcanoes, and unspoiled tropical forests home to more species than almost anywhere else on the planet. Bring your family and stand on the Equator, venture into the cloud forest to discover the mind-boggling array of bird and plant life, or discover ancient healing traditions with a shaman deep in the rainforest. Surprise yourself with all that Ecuador has to offer.

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Customized Travel

This is not just a slogan - it's the way we do business.

Since its inception in 1988, Myths and Mountains has been a pioneer in the field of customized and solo travel. We know that there's no such thing as "one itinerary fits all," and we're committed to matching your particular trip to your dreams. If none of our existing itineraries are perfect, we're thrilled to create a personalized trip just for you, your friends, and your family.

Our custom trips are not just standard "packages" adjusted to fit your travel dates - they're individually tailored itineraries, as unique as you are. We'll ask you lots of questions designed to help us understand your travel style, budget, interests, and wishes, and then we'll channel all our global connections, in-depth destination knowledge, and decades of travel planning experience into creating an extraordinary adventure filled with unforgettable experiences.

Here's how we will collaborate with you:

1. E-mail us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to let us know your thoughts.

2. Talk with us about where you want to go, your timeframe, travel companions, budget, special interests and travel style.

3. We will send a brief sketch and approximate land cost for you to review and suggest changes you would like to see.

4. Based on your feedback, we will rework your itinerary according to your guidelines. Should you wish to talk with previous travelers who have asked us for customized itineraries, we are happy to give you references.

5. Review the new program. If it works, we will ask for a deposit: 25% of the cost usually, 50% if you are 120 days out. At that point, we will confirm all of the reservations and guides, send you a full packet of preliminary information and prepare your formal, personalized, detailed daily itinerary.

After all, it?s your unique vacation. Invite your family. Bring your friends. Dream big. Then call us and let us make your dream a reality.

Testimonials

 "For more than a decade, the Oxford College of Emory University and I have trusted Myths and Mountains and our local guide Juan Gabriel to put together an incredible shaman trip in Ecuador for my sociology students.  We spend time mingling with families and elders and medicine men, learning about natural healing, the culture and the lives of real people.  No one could ask for better service than what they provide for us.  We worship them."  - Dr. Michael McQuaide

"I thoroughly enjoyed Ecuador.  It was an amazing contrast to be able to see the development of the urban areas as well as the more indigenous life.  The people, food, culture, and scenery were all more benevolent than I could have ever imagined.  I can never thank enough Oxford College, my professor Dr. McQuaide, all the students in my class, all the people in Ecuador who welcomed us with open hearts, and especially Myths and Mountains, for making the trip the best experience I have had while at college." - Chris

 "We had a great trip. Thanks to all of you there for all of your time and help. We also loved the Tren Crucero - a great train ride with luxury amenities, very well organized and put together program between the train travel and bus expeditions. And we loved Hacienda Cusin. What a find! You’re a genius. And how did we get our own little "Hobbit House" (cottage 10) instead of just a normal room? Thought we’d died and gone to heaven." - Linda and David
 

"I loved Ecuador. The people everywhere were wonderful. We came to learn some Spanish and to explore Ecuador and the Galapagos. We left with amazing experiences. One day we went to a beautiful lake in the mountains and the drive around the lake was just wonderful. We were able to meet local families tending their crops and animals – not something most tourists would see. We decided that there is a virgin assigned to protect everything in Ecuador except the showers, which were quite unpredictable! Every family must have at least one dog, preferably several, to protect their property. We loved that the dogs who lived at Las Palmeras accompanied us on our walks. The hotels you suggested were just right – small and interesting." -- Ann

"We've been reflecting on our wonderful vacation in Ecuador and the Galapagos. Considering all the difficulties and surprises encountered, it was truly a trip of a lifetime. Just being among those amazing animals and birds in the islands was such a privilege. The landscape conjured up images of what the dawn of civilization must have been like. Truly awesome. So glad we met the challenges, pressed on, and ended up with some very vivid memories." -- Sheila

Contact Us

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Allie Almario

Allie Almario, Vice President

Allie's fascination with wildlife conservation, photography, and indigenous cultures has taken her on countless adventures spanning all seven continents and nearly 70 countries. She's trekked by camel across India's Thar Desert, camped under the stars to hyenas howling in Botswana, and plunged into the frigid waters of Deception Bay in Antarctica. In Madagascar, she tracked lemurs in the wild, drank potent rice wine with headhunters in Borneo, and swam with white-tipped sharks in the Galapagos. Allie is the former executive director of the International Galapagos Tour Operators Association.

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Adventure. Experience. Transform. Let the culture embrace you.

Myths and Mountains is THE adventure travel company for the discerning and inquisitive globe-trotter seeking a hand-crafted, life-changing experience. With more than 25 years of expertise in designing award-winning trips focusing on cultures and crafts, religion and pilgrimage sites, environment and natural history and natural healing and traditional medicine, we promise adventures beyond the guidebooks, excellence beyond expectations, and guaranteed departures.

Want a custom-designed trip just for you and your friends? It's our specialty! Welcome to a remarkable experience - Myths and Mountains style!

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