FIT to be ADVENTUROUS ECUADOR
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- Pick up and drop off in Ecuador
- All transportation
- All Lodging at farm and in indigenous homestays
- Wholesome meals
- All activities: hiking in the Andes, hot springs, Otavalo market, San Clemente (indigenous village homestay, morning yoga classes, afternoon herbal workshops and Spanish immersion
Retreat from your everyday world and into the magical Andes Mountains of Ecuador! This week is all about savoring the beauty of the land and each other’s company. We offer a space to indulge in what you need: Balance. Balance between physical activity and stillness, restoration and rejuvenation, learning new skills and sharing your own. Connecting with indigenous people, with other travelers and most importantly yourself.
Relax on a beautiful farm; find meditation spots everywhere on the land, with morning yoga classes, experience a new culture, food, and be energized by adventurous afternoons with hiking. We learn about healing herbs as well as make salves and lip balms. We will conclude our journey with a hike to volcanically charged hot springs.
Hosted at Palugo Farm, just 40 minutes from Quito, it is truly a world away–a welcome oasis. Here the residents and visitors are dedicated to living in a sustainable manner and manifest this through dairy farming, ecological building, and sustainable agriculture. The Palugo Farm shares a common vision: a dream to walk upon the earth more lightly and work to nourish the land.
Participants will be greeted by Marcea at the airport, and taken to the farm to enjoy a full week of adventure. Enjoy organic food from the farm, hiking the Andes, making salves and lip balms from local herbs, and practicing yoga.
There we will be exploring organic agriculture and permaculture, as well as the magic of cooking over an open fire and sleeping under a starry sky. Then venture north to a small indigenous village for the weekend. Experience firsthand these indigenous ways by staying with a family and learn how they live and thrive off the land. Participates will also explore Colonial Quito and eat traditional Ecuadorian food.
AN EXAMPLE: Palugo Farm-San Clemente Community Itinerary
Day 1: Arrival to Palugo – Welcome circle and dinner
Day 2: Palugo – Yoga sesión in the morning, After a delicious breakfast, a morning hike around the farm and introduction to permaculture and an introductory herbal workshop with Marcea in the afternoon. In the evening time to relax and take in the fresh mountain air.
Day 3: Palugo Farm- Yoga sesión with Nicole in the morning. Hike to an exploration into the Palugo Caves. Afternoon tour of the colonial city of Quito and sunset and dinner at a tradititional restaurant that overlooks the entire city.
Day 4: Yoga and mantras with Nicole. Herbal processing workshop with Marcea. Pack and prepare for San Clemente and depart to the mountain community of San Clemente (2hr drive)- meet our host families. Dinner with families and tour of village/ farms/animals.
Day 5: San Clemente- community service Project and community
lunch. Afternoon opportunity to experience traditional Andean healing with indigenous methods.
Day 6: San Clemente morning and head back to Palugo with a stop on the way to Otavalo, one of the largest craft markets in South America to shop and look at local crafts.
Day 7: The amazing Palugo to Papallacta hike- 4 hour hike through the highlands to hot springs. Clean, pack and closing circle.
Day 8: Depart to USA (20 min drive)
Marcea Macinnis comes to Gogi Abroad with a diverse background of travel, mentoring, and phenomenal teaching. She is originally from Saxtons River, Vermont and has a BA from Marlboro College. A cherished guide and teacher, Marcea has been an instructor for Nahual Expediciones for ten years. She resides in Palugo, Ecuador with her husband and two daughters.
She brings a passion for the natural world and teaches with a rich and diverse knowledge of herbal remedies, including flowers, roots and leaves. She is the owner of her own successful herbal business, Yuyos, so when Marcea is not leading a trip, she is shipping out orders of her organic products. Marcea’s lifelong love of herbal work has taken many forms, and students have this unique opportunity to learn about plant medicine and identification with her expertise. Students will learn how to make extracts, oils, and balms and will gain knowledge and awareness of the herbal healing world. Marcea has mentored hundreds of young adults through transformative travel experiences, and we are grateful that she can share her knowledge and passions with Gogi Abroad.