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Spanish Language Retreat in the Cloud Forest

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Spanish Language Retreat in the Cloud Forest

$0 per person

Retreat Highlights:

Learn how to speak Spanish in the lush natural surroundings of Mindo, a village in a valley of the Andes Mountains of Northern Ecuador. There is no better or faster way to learn the language then in a semi-private class (4 maximum per class) with the rest of the day to practise as much as you want. Four hours of daily instruction by a qualified teacher will be tailored to your specific language abilities.

This retreat offers a wonderful week away of relaxation, catered gourmet meals, a mixture of great culture and nature activities, and of course lots of practice speaking Spanish, and can be arranged for individuals or groups by checking in with us on dates. 

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!

 

Retreat Details:

  • Length: 8 Days / 7 Nights
  • Dates: You pick (on a first-come, first-served basis)
  • Group Size: Please see pricing for a breakdown on group size options
  • 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.

 

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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 alison@earthtreks.ca or call 705-999-1000)

  • Destination
  • Included
    Accommodations
    Activities (detailed in itinerary)
    Airport Transfer (Arrival)
    Airport Transfer (Departure)
    All Taxes
    All Transportation (including internal flights, when applicable)
    Meals (detailed in itinerary)
  • Not Included
    Drinks, Alcoholic Beverages
    English-speaking Tour Leader
    Personal Expenditures
    Return International Airfare
This retreat - as all of our offerings - becomes cheaper the more people who are included. In the case of learning Spanish, we have a cap of four students per class, but we would be able to hire another teacher with enough advance warning, so please GET IN TOUCH if you would like a quote for more than four people. Pricing is in $CAD, per person: 1 person =    $  CAD 2 people =    $  CAD 3 people =    $  CAD 4 people =    $  CAD  
Mindo 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 you 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. There may be some closures as a result of the pandemic, so please inquire about specific activities of interest or otherwise.   house from yoga studioYour retreat accommodations are at Alison’s home, Casa Canchupi, named after the river that rushes beside the property. The simple yet clean and 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 the outdoor restaurant where all of your catered meals will be served.  Everyone says the same thing about this place – ‘it’s a natural paradise’.
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! Get in touch however easiest, at your convenience. It will be my genuine pleasure to personalize this experience in my village and home to make it the best possible week for your group!                    ~   Alison     (alison@earthtreks.ca / 705-999-1000)