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Getting around Ecuador from Quito is a very simple thing to do. Unfortunately there is not a lot of good information out there about how to do it and this can make a simple day trip a far more taxing ordeal then it need to be. In the following series of posts, I describe in detail how to get to various places in Ecuador, from Quito by bus.
As this is the first post in a series I am going to start at the beginning. You’re in Quito and you want to go somewhere outside the city. How do you do it?Read more ›
Here at Amazon – Andes – Sky we are always looking for way to improve our retreats. We are extreamly proud of our reputation for hosting the best yoga reatreats in Ecuador and we wish to maintain that reputation by continuing to improve our retreats and the experience for our friends and clients. Please take a minute to fill out the comment box below and let us know what you thought was the best part your last yoga retreat.
Greg and the AAS team.
Can you name this volcano?
This is Cotopaxi, the worlds highest active volcano. This picture was taken just outside of Ecuador’s Cotopaxi national park. The park offers several spectacular places to view the increadble power of nature and to truey appriciate our tiny part on this great big world.
Cotopaxi and the many volcanoes surrounding it is the perfect place to practice mindfulness as you are reminded of how big the world really is.
Many yoga retreats and yoga vacations concentrate on keeping you focused within. That kind of practice is good for the mind and soul. But when we go on a vacation we have given our limited time to some particular place. When you come to Ecuador you have not just chosen the particular you have chosen the spectacular.
Ecuador’s Cotopaxi national park is home to the world’s highest active volcano! Options for ways to interact with this gorgeous, surreal landscape in just one day include downhill mountain biking, hiking to the climbers refuge at 15,748ft or further still to the glacier’s edge, or a combo hike/bike. All day trips include round trip transportation from Quito, equipment, guide and lunch. We highly recommend that you spend a day or two acclimating in Quito before you take this trip to see how you adjust to the altitude (FYI, Quito is situated at 9,300ft).
You can can focus inwardly anywhere you wish all year. But we believe that during your yoga vacation you should not just retreat inward you should use your time to also expand outward.
Quito is a popular destination for tourists from all over the world who stop by on their way to the Galapagos Islands. While tourism in the Galapagos is extremely popular, Quito continues to be an unexpected surprise for many visitors. Quito is an historic city located in a lush Andean valley, the culture and vistas are not to be missed. But what to do in so little time? We have compiled a short list of must see day trips for the Quito quick visitor.Read more ›
Can you believe that yoga travelers all over the world have yet to discover Ecuador? This tiny pavilion offers a perfect hideaway for practicing mindful yoga while in a pristine setting. While Costa Rica remains a popular destination for yoga vacationers. Ecuador remains an untouched gem. It’s the perfect place to get away from the daily grind and get back into you practice.
Aside from being a pristine loacation for a yoga vacation Mindo is a birder’s paradise and an adventurer’s playground. This tiny town is just a gorgeous two hour bus ride from Quito. The atmosphere is heavenly with the feel of a Costa Rican beach but in the mountains. With only one main road running the length of town and few side streets, you can take your time enjoying the laid-back atmosphere rather than rushing to get your bearings. Breathe in the warm, moist air and your lungs will thank you for escaping big city life. Outdoor activities include canopy sip-line tours, waterfall hikes, and river tubing while those seeking to take a break from an adrenaline-pumping lifestyle can enjoy butterfly and orchid farms, chocolate tasting and bird-watching tours.
Driving through the flatlands of Alligator Alley on our way to the Avenue of Volcanoes…what a great way to spend a Tuesday morning!
Last week, Greg and I sat down with Dave Hodges of the Tallahassee Democrat to chat about how incredible we think Ecuador is and how on earth we ended up traveling there in the first place. Over a steaming cup of coffee at Bruggers Bagels in my hometown of Tallahassee, FL, we overwhelmed him with details about how you can travel through different ecological worlds within just a few hours. We told him how much fun it is to wear llama chaps and ride along the windswept plains like a traditional Ecuadorian Chagra; how invigorated we feel after waking up in a tropical cloud forest paradise. He patiently recorded our stories of the breathtaking landscapes, hospitality, adventure, serenity, and exhilaration we experience in this incredible country. And this is what he came up with: Travelers Turn Their Fun into Business
Want some relaxation, adventure, exhilaration, and serenity on vacation? Sure, we’ve got some of that…
So, let’s talk about something soulful and emotional: the rejuvenating, healing, relaxing, deeply personal, balancing and exhilarating reasons why we are specifically leading YOGA RETREATS here.
Have you been on a yoga and/or wellness retreat in Costa Rica? India? The Caribbean? Italy? Amazing…I know that these experiences can be life-changing, soul-altering, and self-affirming journeys and I desperately hope you have memories that will last a lifetime. Breathe in and remember those moments…
And now consider that you can experience EVEN MORE in a relatively new destination. Ecuador doesn’t really do yoga…yet. There are a few little surf/yoga retreats on the coast and a handful of eco-lodges popping up in the Andes who offer weekend retreats but we’re thrilled to be offering something exclusive, hot off the presses, and new to the scene: a truly unique adventure yoga experience on the equator.Read more ›
Join us for a peaceful, exhilarating, and rejuvenating Active Yoga Retreat along the Ecuadorian Andes. From a tropical cloud forest paradise to the windswept plains of the highlands, we explore the highlights of the Avenue of Volcanoes while taking time daily for yoga practice, reflection, meditation, creative journaling, and more. We are privileged to work with instructors from all across the US who bring creativity, vivacity, and passion to each yoga retreat, creating a unique experience each week. Visit our full calendar of upcoming trips and stay tuned; we’re adding more unforgettable experiences all the time!