Ecuador: Natural Healing At The Equator

Ecuador

Discover Ecuadorʼs highland haciendas hiking on wonderful trails over the Andes mountain range. Learn about the localsʼ traditions and wonderful skills in the making of handicrafts and tasty regional dishes. Afterwards, participate in a mystical healing ritual, one that will make you breathe deep and think about where you are spiritually. How does your beliefs compare to those of a natural healers? We’ve included a visit to the Otavalo Indian Craft Market, the largest fair in South America and famous worldwide for its massive and colorful offerings of textiles, jewelry and magnificent handicrafts. Hike up one of the tallest active volcanoes in the world and take in a breathtaking and panoramic view of the surrounding valleys and neighboring snowcapped mountains.

Train lovers will enjoy the infamous Ecuador train through ʻThe Devilʼs Noseʼ, considered by many the most difficult railway in the world.  Top off this exciting trip visiting Ecuadorʼs Amazon basin where you will discover a unique and complex ecosystem, medicinal plants, exotic birdlife and magnificent animals with the help of a naturalist, born and raised in the Amazon and part of the Achuar tribe, which has taken an oath to protect their family grounds. Finally, discover the healing power of the famous beverage “Guayusa” used by a wise shaman to heal the spirit. (Front cover image courtesy of Kapawi Lodge.)

Dates

Land Cost

Starting at

$6195.00

Per
Person

Based on 4-6 People
(excluding international air)

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ITINERARY at a Glance


Day 1


Arrive Quito, transfer to hotel.

Day 2


Visit Sun Dial at the Equator, transfer to Hacienda Zuleta.

Day 3


Cooking class, Andean Condor Project, local textiles.

Day 4


Meet Andean “medicine man” and learn about Otavalo culture with stop at Otavalo Indigenous Market.

Day 5


Cotopaxi National Park to hike to summit active volcano (rated: challenging). Continue to Riobamba.

Day 6


Train ride aboard La Nariz Del Diablo (Devil’s Nose). Continue to Baños.

Day 7


Hike to Mantle Of The Bride Waterfalls. Fly to Shell for flight to Kapawi Lodge.

Day 8


Explore Amazon Basin: hikes, bird-watching, wildlife, medicinal plants, meet local Amazon community.

Day 9


Explore Amazon Basin: hikes, bird-watching, wildlife, medicinal plants, meet local Amazon community.

Day 10


Explore Amazon Basin: hikes, bird-watching, wildlife, medicinal plants, meet local Amazon community.

Day 11


Return to Shell to fly back to Quito.

Day 12


Transfer for flight back to USA.

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