Reunion Retreat for Friends & Families
TREAT YOURSELF TO A VACATION WITH FRIENDS OR FAMILY – THERE IS TIME TO MAKE UP FOR!
It has been far too long since you’ve been together, so why not plan an extra special vacation together in a safe, natural paradise? Enjoy quality catching up while creating new memories enhanced by delicious food, and whatever experiences you want to add in, from adrenaline sports to different lessons to exploring one of the most biodiverse regions in the world! No matter when you book throughout the year, the temperature hovers in the mid to low 20s – both rainy season and dry season alike are wonderful times to be in Mindo!
GET BACK TOGETHER ON A FUN, SAFE, DECADENT, HEALTHY, CUSTOMIZED ADVENTURE IN NATURE IN A VALLEY OF THE ECUADORIAN ANDES MADE JUST FOR YOU!
*Includes all taxes, all privately catered breakfasts and dinners based on your group’s preferences and dietary requirements, private accommodations & private group airport transfers (everything but your international airfare, lunches, and optional activities).
*Please inquire for shorter or longer stays, or to include other destinations in Ecuador. It would be our pleasure to put together additional travel – including to the Galapagos Islands (why not…? you’re already in Ecuador).
OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES IN AREA*
*Please inquire for pricing of different activities, noting these are some of the local options:
~ Hike to different waterfalls & through incredible cloud forest trails
~ Add in a private class or two (or more): Spanish language, yoga, cooking, salsa dancing, gardening (or let us know your idea)
~ Enjoy spa services right on site: deep tissue massage; chocolate massage; facial; manicure/pedicure
~ Choose from various guided nature expeditions to discover so much extreme biodiversity: birding, herping, orchids and more
~ Plant a tree as part of EarthTreks’ reforestation project & environmental legacy
~ Learn how to make chocolate at the artisanal chocolate factory next door or learn ancient Mayan ways and make it over a fire yourself (or both)
~ Visit a butterfly sanctuary, orchid gardens, a private nature reserve or do a coffee tour
~ Try something more adrenaline-filled, such as repelling through waterfalls, white water tubing, zip lining, bungee jumping, mountain biking or horseback riding (all of the above is available locally)
~ All in comfort & safety with good wifi and anything else you may need easily arranged!
SAFETY FIRST! ‣ Private accommodations ‣ Privately catered meals ‣ Independent activities ‣ Strict cleaning protocols ‣ Private airport transfers ‣ Independent excursions ‣ Just your family / friends
Reconnect with your group of friends and/or family in a completely private retreat created just for you in the lush natural surroundings of Mindo, Ecuador. Your week together will weave a combination of different daily activities that you pick out (see above “OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES”) along with meals (breakfasts and dinners) catered just for you on site, served in the open air dining area beside the river that rushes by your accommodations. On top of the various activities listed above, there will be many different ways to enjoy your time here, including organizing day trips to other regions, shopping for souvenirs in one of the local shops, heading out on one of many nature trails in the region, or just reading a book in one of the many options of hammocks and sitting areas. This retreat will look very different for every group, whether with more of an educational theme, an active adrenaline theme, or just taking the time to relax and catch up with each other. Whatever you choose, we will make sure it is a wonderful week for all!
- Length: 8 Days / 7 Nights
- Dates: You pick (on a first-come, first-served basis)
- Group Size: Minimum 6, Maximum 18.
- Activity level: there is a lot of activity that you may choose to have included in this trip. People of all abilities have enjoyed this exact itinerary. If you have any questions or concerns about your ability to do the activities offered as options for this trip, we would be happy to discuss them by phone or email – just CONTACT US.
- We want to make this the best experience possible for you, so be sure to let us know about any concerns you have or just as important, if you have a particular interest or passion – there may be the ability to add it into the itinerary for you.
- PRICE: (please check back on July 31, 2021 for updated pricing – thank you for your patience!)
*INCLUDES ALL TAXES, PRIVATELY CATERED MEALS (BREAKFASTS & DINNERS) BASED ON YOUR TASTE & DIETARY REQUIREMENTS, PRIVATE ACCOMMODATIONS & PRIVATE GROUP AIRPORT TRANSFERS (EVERYTHING BUT LUNCHES, INTERNATIONAL AIRFARE & ANY ADDITIONAL ACTIVITIES YOU PLAN TO DO)
*Please inquire for shorter or longer stays, or to include other destinations in Ecuador.
*A 100% refundable deposit of $500 per person is required at time of booking.
From EarthTreks’ Founder, Alison Braun:
I welcome you to stay in home away from home in the natural paradise of Mindo, Ecuador – a cloud forest oasis located just two hours from the capital city of Quito, Ecuador. This will provide a wonderful way to catch up with each other again in both safety and comfort, while being spoiled with delicious food and planning experiences that are just right for every individual in your group.
Get in touch to start planning your sustainable, customized reunion retreat. Together I can work with your group to help build exactly what you want to see, do, eat, and experience, all catered to your exact group at no extra cost. Your only neighbours are the local artisanal chocolate factory and lots of birds! It will be my pleasure to personalize this experience for your group and make it the best week possible for you. Get in touch however easiest, at your convenience.
~ Alison (email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 705-999-1000)
IncludedAccommodationsAirport Transfer (Arrival)Airport Transfer (Departure)All TaxesAll Transportation (including internal flights, when applicable)Meals (detailed in itinerary)
Not IncludedActivities (detailed in itinerary)Drinks, Alcoholic BeveragesEnglish-speaking Tour LeaderPersonal ExpendituresReturn International Airfare
About the Village of Mindo, its Climate and our AccommodationsMindo is a small village of approximately 3,000 people, located in a valley in the foothills of the Ecuadorian Andes. It is best known for BIRDS, BUTTERFLIES, ORCHIDS and CHOCOLATE (and was recently named "The Route of Chocolate"). This was the first Important Bird Area (IBA) established in all of South America, and has built its reputation as an ecotourism destination greatly upon its notoriety for excellent birding and biodiversity more broadly. There exists a tremendous amount of fresh water in the area, from a few major rivers to endless numbers of streams and waterfalls.
Mindo is a safe, small village that boasts what many describe as the ‘perfect climate’ – a subtropical climate that is warm year-found and rarely climbs above the mid-20s (C) or below the mid-teens (at night). The rainfall is significant, with precipitation throughout the year and an average annual rainfall of well over 2,000 mm, which is more highly concentrated during rainy season (January to May). The rain is quite predictable, however, generally not starting until mid to late afternoon, so it is easy to plan our daily activities around staying dry.
Mindo is located in a cloud forest, and as such, is green and lush, offering the ideal climate for mosses, orchids, and ferns to thrive. As it is located right on the Equator (which we will cross a few times), the sun sets and rises just after 6:00 a.m. & p.m. all year round. Because Mindo’s livelihood is centered on tourism, there exists an abundance of great souvenir shops, excellent restaurants, tourist activities, health services, ATMs, and a great pharmacy for anything you may have forgotten at home. Our accommodations are at Alison’s home, Casa Canchupi, named after the river that rushes beside the property. The simple yet comfortable lodgings are quite removed from the village’s hustle and bustle, even though it is only a short walk (just a few minutes) to the village’s central park.
Wildlife abounds on the property, including varieties of hummingbirds at the feeders, different species of tanagers hanging out in the fruit trees, occasional Mountain Toucans, geckos, and a resident family of guatusas (beaver-like mammals with a tiny tail). The outdoor yoga studio is right on site, as well as the restaurant where we will eat a delicious breakfast daily. Everyone says the same thing about this place – ‘it’s paradise’.
We will provide a comprehensive packing list that is easy to print, and are happy to answer questions any time about any aspect of the retreat, logistics or otherwise.