Challenge your Breath at 14,000 ft, Feel the Physical and Spiritual Influence along the Equator, & Give Back to Underpriveledged Youth

Take your Yoga practice to new heights while immersing in the beautiful sites and culture of Ecuador. Experience the perfect blend of relaxation and rejuvenation on this incredible vacation.  Your new home away from home will be the relaxing retreat of Mountain Views Inn where you will enjoy freshly prepared meals with locally sourced ingredients, pool and jacuzzi, and on-site yoga practice and meditation. Then become immersed in nature with an exhilerating practice or hike through the Mindo Cloud Rainforest, atop the Pichincha Volcanic Mountain Range, or among crashing waterfalls in the Amazon basin.

We are happy to partner with incredible teachers to create truly unique relaxation or teacher training retreats. To see upcoming retreats Click Here.  Or contact us to develop an unforgettable retreat to share with your students.  info@EcuadorMVI.com.  We'll create an itinerary to match your theme, timing, cost, practice and excursion needs.

 

Sample Daily Itinerary:

Day 1: Welcome and Orientation

Day 2: Challenge the Breath: Teleferico Cable Ferry Ride, Quito City Day Tour

Day 3: Immersed in Nature - Amazon Cascade Tour

Day 4: Experience the Equator – Farmer’s Market, Intiñan Solar Museum and Temple Del Sol

Day 5: Open Spaces, Open Minds - Otavalo Market and Cuicocha Crater Hike

Day 6: Share the Love - Chiche Canyon, Tumbaco School, Chiche Canyon and Swimming Pool

Day 7: Banish Fear - Zipline through the Mindo Rain Forest, Optional Hike and Swim

Day 8: Restore and Relax - Papallacta Hot Thermal Springs and Departure

 

ITINERARY DETAILS:

Day 1: Welcome and Orientation

Upon arrival, we are welcomed and guided to our room. Settle in by relaxing for the evening in our room or unwind by the game room, outdoor heated pool and hot tub. Meet others as they arrive throughout the evening. Our menu and excursion itinerary will be discussed with the host.

Day 2: Challenge the Breath - Teleferico Cable Ferry Ride, Quito City Day Tour

After breakfast we will travel 1 hour to Quito at 9,500 feet where our adventure begins by taking a tram ride that takes us to 14,100 feet. At the top we'll walk and see volcanoes on the left and a panoramic view of the city of Quito on the right. This is a great place for yoga practice, pictures and hiking. On a clear day you can observe the surrounding volcanoes: Antisana (18,700 ft), Cayambe (18,725 ft), and Cotopaxi (19,347 ft).

Enjoy a cafe lunch overlooking spectacular views of Quito and its surroundings.

We go back down the cable ferry and then continue to tour Quito, which brings the past to life in its museums, convents, carved stone facades and golden altars of its many churches.

Day 3: Immersed in Nature - Amazon Cascade Tour

We will take a beautiful drive 2.5 hours away to the town of El Chaco in the Quijos Valley of Ecuador's Napo Province.  Situated on the eastern flank of the Andes, the valley is sandwiched between two large protected areas, the Cayambe Coca Ecological Reserve and Sumaco National Park.  The valley itself is part of the Sumaco Biosphere Reserve and is considered a biodiversity hotspot for the wide range of
species found within its forests.  

We will meet our local guides that will lead us on hikes through lush tropical forests to see amazingly powerful waterfalls that will literally take your breath away. The truly adventurous can swim in the pool at the bottom of the waterfall and for those who dare, stand beneath the powerful force of the falls itself.

Day 4: Experience the Equator – Farmer’s Market, Intiñan Solar Museum and Temple Del Sol

We will commute to a typical farmers market located 5 minutes away in Tumbaco where fresh fruits and vegetables are sold. Here we'll see a wonderful array of colorful, edible and exotic items.

We then travel for 1 hour to stand with a foot on each hemisphere on the Equator and tour the always fun, interactive Equatorial Intiñan Solar Museum.  We will learn of the indigenous culture and understand the effects of the gravitational forces with water and balancing an egg on a nail! 

Nearby is the Temple Del Sol which provides a very spiritual aura and connection with the earth and sun.  There will be a special celebration for the Equinox with local Shaman’s recognizing the special day. Here we will be able to learn more about the culture of indigenous Ecuadorians, the healing properties of essential oils, and view the beautiful art gallery of world renowned artist Cristobal Ortega.

Finally we visit the lookout point located at the edge of the Pululahua Crater to see the center of the volcanic crater and the beautiful landscape.

Day 5: Open Spaces, Open Minds - Otavalo Market and Cuicocha Crater Hike

As we approach Otavalo, we will make a stop at Mira Lago to take pictures of the beautiful San Pablo Lake and the Imbabura Volcano. For centuries, regional markets have played an important role in Indian life by providing regular gathering places for trade and socializing. The colorful local Otavalo Indigenous Market is renowned for their handcrafts. This centuries-old market is the perfect place to shop for anyone back home.

Next we head to Cuicocha, a lake formed within a volcanic crater. There are two small islands in the center of the lake that were formed by eruptions after the collapse of the pre-existing volcano. We can accomplish a short hike on the rim of the crater and enjoy Yoga while seeing the stunning panoramic views of the landscape. 

Day 6: Share the Love - Chiche Canyon, Tumbaco School, Chiche Canyon and Swimming Pool

Today we skip the long commutes and see the beautiful Chiche Canyon, only 10 minutes from Mountain Views Inn. The canyon can best be described as a mini version of the Grand Canyon. It stretches as far as the eye can see. It has a beautiful flowing river at the base of the canyon and marked trails easy to follow.  The Canyon can be hiked or biked and there is a beautiful secluded spot by the river, perfect for practice, journaling or meditation.  Or enjoy some down time by sunbathing and rejuvenating by the pool and hot tub, or challenge a friend in the game room.  We’ll also be treated to some favorite Ecuadorian cuisine while onsite today.

This afternoon, visit a local school for a cultural exchange that for many is the true highlight of the tour. We'll arrive with donations of clothing and supplies to help the underprivileged.  They'll treat us to a presentation of traditional Ecuadorian dance.  Your gifts make lasting impacts and their happiness & smiles will stay with you long after you return home.

Day 7: Banish Fear - Zipline through the Mindo Rain Forest, Optional Hike and Swim

This morning we depart a little earlier, to commute on a gorgeous 2.5 hour ride to the Mindo Rain Forest.  It is set on 47,444 acres of the nationally protected reserve, Bosque Protector Mindo-Nambillo.  Mindo, one of the world's headquarters for rainforest preservation, is abundant with over 350 species of birds. It is an ideal place to snap photos, swim in lagoons and hike.

Enjoy a quick fruit snack before experiencing an amazing thrill ride, on 10 zip lines, 2000 meters in length that zip along at 100 meters above ground.

We then travel to the Tarabita Skyway Basket over the Mindo River Valley. We will travel in a suspended metal cage powered by an old engine car that will provide spectacular views.  If time allows, we will enjoy a great hike through the Rain Forest and time permitting, visit one or more cascading waterfalls and possibly jump in for a swim in the Nambillo Lagoon.

Day 8: Restore and Relax - Papallacta Hot Thermal Springs and Departure

After breakfast we will travel 1.5 hours to the entrance of the Amazon Jungle. Bathe in the natural thermal spring pools of different sizes and temperatures in Papallacta. This soothing volcanic natural thermal spring water contains sulfites and heat that produce a very therapeutic feeling of rejuvenation and wellness. We return by 5:00 pm to give plenty of time to pack and eat a fabulous farewell dinner.

Unfortunately the trip comes to an end but leaving us with wonderful photos and memories.  MVI transportation will take us to our flight 3 hours before our scheduled departure. We look forward to having you, your family and your friends return.

What's Included:

• Lodging

• Daily Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

• All Taxes and Service Fees (22%)

• Planned Excursions

• Round-Trip Airport Transfers

• Bilingual Host

 

Not Included:

• Airfare

• Personal Purchases during Excursions

• Beer, Wine, and Cocktails

• Optional Services like Massage or Laundary

• Additional Excursions or Transportation