Travel is about more than just seeing a place; it’s about getting to know and understand its people, its history and its environment from the inside. We design our trips to reveal the heart of each destination, so that our travelers both embrace and are embraced by the local culture.
Every Myths and Mountains trip incorporates one or more core concepts that provide unique insights into our destinations. Naturally, these themes are not meant to limit your experience. Rather, they are intended to inspire you to explore more fully, to approach your destination on a deeper level, to be a participant rather than just an observer.
CULTURE and CRAFTS
Discover the diverse ethnic groups of Southeast Asia’s hill tribe peoples, learn to cook local delicacies in Bali, visit with master weavers in Peru, explore the peerless wines of Chile, learn traditional Lao crafts from local artisans, or meet with Bhutanese religious masters.
RELIGION and PILGRIMAGE SITES
Trek to remote Himalayan monasteries and experience traditional celebrations at a local Buddhist festival, witness millions of Indian pilgrims submerging themselves in the holy Ganges, explore Cambodia’s magnificent ancient Khmer temples, or walk in the footsteps of the Incas through Peru’s Sacred Valley.
ENVIRONMENT and NATURAL HISTORY
Marvel at the adaptability of nature in the Galapagos Islands, explore the golden moonscape of the Atacama Desert, gasp at the riot of color when the rhododendrons bloom in Bhutan, search for freshwater dolphins in the Irawaddy River, discover the stunning national parks of Thailand, or explore the mind-boggling biodiversity of the Amazon rainforest.
NATURAL HEALING and TRADITIONAL MEDICINE
Visit a shaman festival on the Tibetan plateau, talk with an Ayurvedic doctor in Sri Lanka, or spend time with indigenous healers in the Ecuadorian rainforest, participating in their powerful rituals.