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Every person's temperaments, strengths and hurdles are very different and personal. Sivananda yoga teaches four paths, each suited to a different temperament. Along your adventure, you will explore these paths, learning techniques to carry with you home. Experience the perfect blend of relaxation, rejuvenation, and adventure on this incredible retreat.
You will be staying at Ecuador Mountain View Inn. Accommodations include individually decorated rooms designed for your comfort with soft furnishings, hand carved furniture, and local art. Up to 20 guests can reside in 15 rooms ranging from twin, queen and king sized rooms. Sleep in a comfortable orthopedic bed, and be awaken by humming birds in the morning.
Upon arrival, you will be welcomed and guided to your room. Settle in by relaxing for the evening in your room or unwind by the game room, outdoor heated pool, and hot tub. Meet others as they arrive throughout the evening. Ecuador Vacations' menu and excursion itinerary will be discussed with the host.
Kick off the week with a rejuvenating practice onsite at Mountain Views Inn. You will work up an appetite for a delicious breakfast before taking off for your first excursion. You will travel through the mountains, to the Papallacta valley, to bathe in the natural thermal spring pools of different sizes and temperatures. This soothing volcanic natural thermal spring water contains sulfites and heat that produce a very therapeutic feeling of rejuvenation and wellness.
You will return to Mountain Views Inn with bodies prepared for recovery and rejuvenation, and have time together to prepare our minds. Together, each of you will learn about the Four Paths of Yoga that have inspired this retreat and ready yourselves to get the maximum benefit from each day ahead.
By morning, departure is 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 rain forest 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.
You will then travel to the Tarabita Skyway Basket over the Mindo river valley. You will travel in a suspended metal cage powered by an old engine car that will provide spectacular views. If time allows, you will enjoy a great hike through the rain forest, or visit one or more cascading waterfalls and possibly jump in for a swim in the Nambillo Lagoon.
Energize with another morning practice. After breakfast, you'll get a chance to walk, bike, or hike through the beautiful Chiche canyon, 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. Enjoy some down time by sunbathing and rejuvenating by the pool and hot tub, or challenge a friend in the game room. You will also be treated to some favorite Ecuadorian cuisine while onsite.
By afternoon, visit a local school for a cultural exchange that for many is the true highlight of the tour. You will arrive with donations of clothing and supplies to help the underprivileged. They'll treat you to a presentation of traditional Ecuadorian dance. Your gifts make lasting impacts and their happiness and smiles will stay with you long after you return home.
You will commute to a typical farmers market located 5 minutes away in Tumbaco where fresh fruits and vegetables are sold. Here you'll see a wonderful array of colorful, edible and exotic items. You will 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. You 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 you 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, a visit the lookout point located at the edge of the Pululahua Crater to see the center of the volcanic crater and the beautiful landscape.
Guayasamín dedicated his life to painting, sculpting, collecting; however, he was an ardent supporter of the communist Cuban Revolution in general and Fidel Castro in particular. He was given a prize for "an entire life of work for peace" by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. He is still lauded as a national treasure. A visit to the museum, viewing the emotionally stirring artwork and hearing the artists history from the knowledgeable guides, is incredibly moving.
After the museum you will continue to tour Quito, which brings the past to life in its museums, convents, carved stone facades, and golden altars of its many churches.
You will 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.
After breakfast, you 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 17:00 to give plenty of time to pack and eat a fabulous farewell dinner.
Unfortunately the trip comes to an end but leaving you with wonderful photos and memories. Mountain View Inn transportation will take you to your flight 3 hours before our scheduled departure.
This retreat will take place at Aurelio Dávila Cajas, Ecuador.
Freshly prepared meals with locally sourced ingredients are provided during the retreat.