Nature, Adventure & Yoga Retreat in Mindo, Ecuador:  April 23-28, 2023 (6 days/5 nights)

Ecuador Yoga Retreat 2023

Included:

-Lodging: Cloud Forest Retreat rustic house, cottage & cabins.

-Meals: 3 meals a day the entire stay of your retreat. Meals are wholesome, healthy, organic & locally sourced. Let us know in advance if you are vegan, vegetarian or gluten-free.

-Yoga: At an open-air, screened-in yoga Shala platform with a mountain view.  Two daily classes, typically Vinyasa, Ashtanga and/or Yogilates in the morning and more relaxing Hatha, Yin and/or Restorative in the afternoon /evenings. All yoga classes are optional.

-Spa: There are wood-fired hot tubs and a wood fired sauna along with a natural pool.

-Free Wi-Fi along with fresh linens & towels daily.

-Natural bath products, natural insect repellent & slippers provided.

Not Included:

-Airfare and flight to Quito, Ecuador is not included

-Activities and excursions are not included, but they are generally inexpensive, ~$20 a person; Taxi in town, ~$5. Activities can include; hiking, biking, nighttime bike & walking tour, tour zip lining, tarzan swing, birding, mountain climbing, horseback riding, coffee and chocolate making tours, frog concert, open air gondola, chair lift with spectacular views, butterfly & orchid gardens. All activities are are optional

-On-site massage services are available in the gazebo with mountain views and a fresh air breeze that range from $25-$50

-You must purchase your own travel insurance (required)

-Transportation from Quito aiport to Mindo is not included, but we will help organize transportation, depending on when you arrive (the cost can range from $20-80 per person depending on how many people per vehicle)

-Airport hotel for late flight arrivals Saturday is not included, but we will organize a group rate

Notes about flights:

Arrivals: Most flights arrive into Quito (Ecuador's capital city) late Saturday night so we recommend staying at the Airport Wyndham or Airport Holiday Inn, both less that 3miles from the airport with free shuttle service. We will arrange transport to Mindo from the Airport Sunday morning.

Departure: Many flights depart late at night and/or very early in the morning from Quito. We can arrange transport directly to the airport late Thursday night or you could stay an extra day at the retreat Friday at a discount then go to the airport Friday evening OR we can arrange for you to spend the day at an artisan market in La Mariscal in Quito, or to the Mitad Del Mundo in Quito, leaving luggage with driver (you would have to pay for one to be with you all day), having dinner in Quito, then going to airport.

We are also working with a local Water Dog customer and Independent Travel Agent; Dr. Deborah Wilson. She will be able to assist you with getting a good rate on your flights, travel insurance and a group rate at the airport hotel. If you'd also like her assistance please contact her at: drdebstravel@gmail.com or Cell: (361)232-8822

Accommodations:

This is a small, intimate retreat that is both rustic and luxurious. It is located only 1.5miles from the small tourist town of Mindo. Haciendas include a country house, cottage and recycled cabins. Bedrooms are all shared (2 beds or 1 bed for a couple). All have mountain or wildlife views with sustainable installations like solar powered energy & clean mountain spring water. This is a small, intimate retreat & will only house 12 people.

Total Cost:

$1,399 for a shared room and If you have a request with whom to share the room with please message us and we'll try to accomodate you. We have a few private room options in the house or cottage for $1,599.

Payment: Must pay a 30% deposit at the time of booking (non-refundable) and 50% is due two months prior by February 23rd (non-refundable). You must pay in full one months prior, by March 23rd, 2023. Cancellations less than one month in advance are non-refundable

What to bring:

Passport, sneakers or hiking shoes, yoga/hiking clothes (earth tones like green & brown are better for wildlife spotting). Layers for cooler weather (especially at night), including pants and long-sleeves, rain jacket/umbrella and swim wear. Toiletries & personal items (tampons can be hard to find). Small backpack/day pack for hikes. Camera and binoculars if you have them. Rain gear and even a waterproof phone case (zip lock bags are a good idea too), water shoes for tubing or swimming in the waterfalls, a travel flashlight *Note: hair dryers and high energy consuming electronics like curling irons are prohibited, as they are off-grid and rely on solar panels for energy

More info about Mindo, Ecuador:

Location: 2.5hrs from Ecuador’s capital, Quito

Elevation: 1,300 meters or ~4,000 feet

Environment: Subtropical cloud forest

Language: Spanish (English widely spoken)

Currency: US Dollar (bring cash)

Passport: Required

Travel Insurance: Required

Airfare & Transport: You'll fly into Quito and we'll help arrange transport from Quito to Mindo

Weather: The temperature in Mindo is between 60-75 degrees year round. Spring is their rainy season with sunny mornings rain showers typically in the afternoons. This is also the time of year they generally have monkeys on the property.

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Sample Itinerary:

Sunday

Arrive at the Yoga Cloud Forest Retreat

1-2pm  Lunch

2-5pm  Free time to relax, tour the retreat grounds, read in hammocks

5-6pm   Yoga

6-7pm   Dinner

Evening Bonfire and/or hot tub

Monday

8-9am   Yoga or bird watching

9-10am  Breakfast

10-1pm   Free time: Hike to local waterfall or massage, relax

1-2pm     Lunch

2-5pm    Horseback riding or Coffee tour, hot tub

5-6pm    Yoga

6-7pm    Dinner

Evening  Nighttime bike tour and/or hot tub

Tuesday

8-9am   Yoga or bird watching

9-10am  Breakfast

10-1pm  Free time: Walk to chairlift then to gondola for hiking

1-2pm    Lunch

2-5pm    Free time: Walk to Mindo and/or Orchid tour, hot tub

5-6pm    Yoga

6-7pm     Dinner

Evening  Frog concert, bonfire and/or hot tub

Wednesday

5-10am  Birding Expedition– Mindo has over 450 bird species!

10-11am  Breakfast

11-1pm   Free time: Bike Countryside of Mindo

1-2pm     Lunch

2-5pm    Free time: Walk to Butterfly farm or massage, etc

5-6pm    Yoga

6-7pm    Dinner

Evening On-site, local musicians, bonfire

Thursday

8-9am   Yoga or bird watching

9-10am  Breakfast

10-1pm   Free time: Zip line or rappelling or horseback riding

1-2pm     Lunch

2-5pm     Free time: Chocolate tour, walk around Mindo or massage

5-6pm     Yoga

6-7pm     Dinner

Evening  Night walk, bonfire and/or hot tub

Evening  Transport to aiport if taking a very early flight Friday

Friday 

8-9am    Yoga or bird watching

9-10am  Breakfast

Transport to Airport. Optional extra day at the retreat or market

*General outline, activities and times are subject to change

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