Health, Hot Springs and Haciendas

by | Feb 9, 2001 | Archives

Our first all health oriented tour to Ecuador is entitled “Health, Hot Springs and Haciendas, and is the first step toward visiting the sacred Andean valley and is our way of sharing the wonderful health secrets we have learned on our journeys into the these sacred valleys.

The tour includes two seminars led by Dr. Jay Glaser. Merri and I will be with you on and off the tour as we visit Indian markets, yatchaks, shamans and healers and go to sacred hot springs at Papallacta (near Quito) and Duran (near Cuenca). During the tour delegates can have personal consultations with Dr. Glaser and with Andean Yatchak healers.

Incredible Accommodations

Accommodations throughout the trip will be in Colonial Haciendas that have been converted into luxury hotels. The tour schedule is below:

Hacienda, Hot Springs & Health Tour

Thursday – May 3, 2001:

Arrive and overnight in Quito.

Friday – May 4:

Buffet breakfast including fresh fruit, wonderful fresh breads, Andean cereals, hot food and delicious juices, teas and coffees.

Drive to Hosteria Cusin (358 year old monastery now run as inn) with extensive 200-year-old gardens. Enjoy the Indian markets of Otavalo and the Cotacachi leather village. Historical lore of the colonial life and historic haciendas of the Northern Sierras. Overnight at Cusin.

Saturday – May 5:

Morning health workshop with Dr. Jay Glaser, Gary & Merri Scott. Trip to Mt. Imbabura (sacred snow capped mountain) for Andean healing with Andean yatchaks. Lunch at Puerto Largo on Lake San Pablo. Overnight at Cusin.

Sunday – May 6:

Morning private sessions and afternoon Tour to village of San Antonio de Ibarra, the woodcarver’s village. Lunch in the Hosteria La Mirage, listed in the Relais and Chateau guide. Lecture by renown architect, Jorge Espinosa, creater of La Mirage. Overnight at Cusin.

Monday – May 7:

Travel to thermal pools of Papallacta, exquisitely beautiful high mountain hot springs. Soak in the myriad of pools, falls, grottos. Lunch by the fire in the high Andean restaurant offering organic vegetables and fresh grilled trout. Andean health session at spa. Return in evening to Quito. Overnight Quito.

Tuesday – May 8:

Early morning flight to Cuenca (7:15 am). Hacienda Ushupudt is a riverfront walled hacienda and tiny village that has been turned into country inn. Surrounded by lush countryside and horse country, this is a quiet and peaceful stay with excellent food. Workshop by Dr. Jay Glaser and Andean cooking lecture for longevity by Gary & Merri Scott. Overnight at Ushupudt.

Wednesday – May 9: Day trip to Ingapirca, the most historic and fascinating ruins of Ecuador with its observatory, temple, House of the Virgins. Ingapirca is the home of the Canari and translates from Quichua as “Walls of the Incans”. Long before the Incas, this was the sacred “Cashaloma,” the place where stars pour from the heavens. We’ll better understand and know the spiritual and cultural value of ancient Ecuador here. Lunch at a very sweet country inn at Ingapirca overlooking the verdant valleys filled with rosy cheeked children and sheep.

Thursday – May 10:

Travel to Cuenca. Lunch in the City of Four Rivers. Here is the colonial city of Ecuador with a strong influence of Spain, its architectural hint from the Incans and still old whiffs of the works of the great Canaris. We’ll rise up high to the small indigenous village of Turi for a breathtaking overall view of the entire colonial city. Then visit the plaza, the flower market, the magnificent golden churches and cathedrals.

We’ll learn at the Panama hat factory and see exactly how these handmade hats are made. Overnight at the stunning Pinar del Lago built over a lagoon. All rooms have lake view, crackling fireplace in lobby. Guests always tell us this is the best hotel they have ever visited. Dinner at one of our favorite charming country inns, Sustag. The Sustag Valley could be straight out of Norway or Switzerland. We’ll enjoy fireworks and have a talk on all the tribes of Ecuador with a unique display of all their hats. Overnight in Cuenca.

Friday – May 11:

Travel to the a small farming community southwest of Cuenca for the southern Hot Springs (Banos South) at Duran. Enjoy the warm mineral baths and sights of the red-tiled roofs of Cuenca. Lunch in the hosteria’s well known delightful French restaurant. Grand dinner with folkloric entertainment in historical restaurant. Afternoon flight to Quito. Farewell dinner at La Ronda with typical Ecuadorian food, Andean music and folkloric ballet.

Saturday – May 12:

Early a.m. transfer to airport for flights home.

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