Ecuador – April 2020

Join Us Introducing Tara Dancing in Ecuador

Friends in Ecuador have invited us to share Dancing Tara with their communities. Our first time in the country, we want to explore a bit and invite you to join us. There are options depending on your interest, your time, and your finances.

All international flights connect in the capitol of Quito. We meet Monday the 13th. For the next few days we will explore the city and some sites just out side the city including wonderful markets and a sublime hot springs spa.

We fly to Cuenca on Thursday, the 16th where we will start to develop the dance with the local community. We will offer the mandala on Sunday the 19th in both English and Spanish.

On Tuesday the 21st you have the option to return home or come with us to Vilcabamba, an area known for the cleanest air and water in the world. We will tour the area and introduce the Tara Dance Wednesday and Thursday evenings. We will fly to Quito on Friday the 24th to connect with our international flights.

Some spots of interest we will visit in

Quito

The Ciudad Mitad del Mundo (Middle of the World City) highlights the exact location of the equator from which the country takes its name from. Inside the monument is a museum that displays a variety of indigenous items pertaining to Ecuadorian culture like clothing, descriptions of the various ethnic groups, and examples of their activities.

Papallacta Hot Springs  Papallacta is a small town nestled in the Andes mountains 4,000 m (10,000 feet) above sea level. The scenic drive from Quito leads to the Amazon jungle. Papallacta is known for its hot springs that naturally flow from the mountains. the Hot Springs are known for their therapeutic waters. We will enjoy the waters and those who wish can get a massage or other health treatment.

We will visit the Guango Cloud Forest Reserve.“Guango” in the Quichua language means “a place of great mountains that crisscross, whose waters concur to form mighty rivers in deep valleys covered by the cloud forest of the Andean slopes, under an ever-changing climate and a typical drizzle”. It is the central point between the cold forest, the Andean highlands and e Amazonia.  It is known for its hummingbirds. The cloud forest concentrates the highest diversity of these winged jewels in the Americas.

Otavalo Market  Every day the Mercado Artesanal, is filled with vendors selling woolen goods, such as rugs, tapestries, blankets, ponchos, sweaters, scarves, gloves and hats, as well as embroidered blouses, hammocks, carvings, beads, paintings, woven mats and jewelry made from tagua nut (also known as vegetable ivory).  The hand-crafted products are made locally by the indigenous people of Otavalo. This gargantuan market is also known for sitting in the energy of a large volcano.

 Museo Viviente Otavalango (Museum in Otavalo),  The Living Otavalo Museum was created to preserve the culture of the indigenous Otavalenos.  We will be able to visit and consult one of the local Curanderas (Shaman)

Cuicocha is the site of a caldera and crater lake in the Reserva Ecológica Cotacachi-Cayapas. Some 3,100 years ago, Cotacachi Volcano erupted and formed the enormous caldera at its foot. The Caldera de Cuicocha refers to the 3km wide and 3,246 meters caldera. Laguna de Cuicocha is the highly alkaline lake in the basin.  The crater lake sits just outside of Otavalo and has a jagged ridge and you can hike around the whole thing. 

Cuenca

Cuenca is one of the most beautiful cities in Ecuador. Surrounded by rivers,  its historic center has been declared a Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception is one of the most beautiful in South America.

Cajas National Park is a stunning mountainous wilderness, home to lakes, waterfalls, wild llamas, hummingbirds and orchids. It is the gateway to the snowy mountains

 

 

The Ingapirca Ruins is the largest and best preserved archaeological complex in Ecuador. Ingapirca means “Wall of the Inca” It was built with millions of stones.

Vilcabamba

Vilcabamba is often referred to as the “Playground of the Inca. It was a retreat place

for Incan royalty. The valley is overlooked by a mountain called Mandango, the Sleeping Inca, whose presence is said to protect the area from earthquakes and other natural disasters.

 

 

 

We will be staying in an enchanting guest house called Monte Suenos. Each Room is a piece of art and the surrounding countryside is magnificent

 

 

 

 

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