Explore TRUE Ecuador.
June 27-July 10 2019
This trip explores the gorgeous central regions of Ecuador and its thriving slow food and clothes movement. From its rich cultural traditions and natural beauty to its colorful architecture found in Quito. Relax in the dense canopy jungles of the cloud forest and absorb the stillness of the highland plains. This South American country truly has it all. Boasting almost every type of ecosystem; you can be in the mountains and then the beach in just one day. Ecuador is rich in biodiversity, agriculture, cuisine and landscape. The communities and cultures here are just as varied.
We partner with ethical organizations that are off the beaten path providing the opportunity for meaningful exchange with local communities and farms. In the cloud forest, learn the bean to bar process and farm on award winning Mashpi Organic Chocolate agroforesty reservation. In the highlands, learn to cook local cuisine and work alongside Paqocha helping reintroduce alpacas to their native lands. Hike through natural and remote locations untouched by tourism, watch hummingbirds from your window, horseback ride back country roads with expansive views and walk among the alpacas. Through this epic journey you will experience everything Ecuador has to offer from the different landscapes, the rural communities, the amazing food and all the adventure in between.
Hike the Crater of Lake Cuicocha, horseback ride through the highlands or tube down a river in the Cloud Forest.
Soak in a luxurious spa above the clouds in the glorious town of Baños.
Experience living in community in a home-stay outside Otavalo and learn the bean-to-bar process of chocolate farming in the jungles of Mindo.
Why this trip is unique:
This itinerary was created for women by women. Every detail was selected to create an inspiring, meaningful, adventurous and real experience in Ecuador.
This is not a cookie cutter tour. Our out of the box trips are built with purpose and tailored for all ages.
We have a trusted, safe and local Ecuadorian guide and driver with us at all times. Our expert guide, Gonzalo Arboleda has deep knowledge of the history and culture of his gorgeous country. His relaxed and kind character mixed with his deep wisdom makes for a meaningful and insightful trip.
Co-founder of Purposeful Nomad, Caitlin Murray will also be there for you! She is fluent in Spanish and an expert guide, creating an inclusive, fun, dynamic and expertly coordinated experience.
Our trips are small in size for a more intimate experience that allows access to places untouched by tourism and wiggle room for spontaneous moments- keeping the itinerary fresh and fun!
We stay at boutique haciendas with excellent comfort, service and style.
We partner with ethical organizations such as Paqocha and Mashpi Chocolates. We get our hands dirty learning the bean to bar process and alpaca farming in the highlands. We not only watch but participate- gaining deeper knowledge and experience.
During this trip there are options to hike volcano lake craters, horseback ride, tube down a river or just be one with nature allowing room to breath and for personal transformation to unfold.