Travelers will get behind the scenes access to the people and cultures of this diverse land
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — South America is home to some of the world’s most outstanding natural attractions – from the glacial majesty of Patagonia to the incredible biodiversity of the Amazon rainforest. It also boasts vibrant cities, charming colonial towns, thriving indigenous cultures and welcoming people. Experiential tour operator Myths and Mountains brings the continent’s landscapes and cultures to life, offering tours designed to take travelers to the very heart of the places they visit and into the homes of the people who live there.
This fall, discover South America’s people, past and present, and become captivated by the beautiful civilizations in which they live. Here are a few amazing adventures to consider – trips are limited to small groups so book now:
The Galapagos Islands: Wildlife, People and Volcanoes (9 Days)
Custom dates available
The Galapagos is known as the modern-day Eden, with an unequaled abundance of rare and spectacular wildlife living in one of the world’s most protected national parks. However, most tourists forget to take this amazing opportunity to also interact with those who call the islands home. This tour not only focuses on the remarkable wildlife and landscapes of this unusual archipelago, it also gives guests the opportunity to see the “hidden lifestyles” of the families, farmers, and fishermen who live in this remote part of the world. Guests will meet with a local family and learn about their daily lives; talk with fishermen who now earn more money fishing legally and are helping spread the message about the damage of poaching; help prepare Ecuadorian fish ceviche with a fisherman’s wife for the whole group to enjoy together; and meet organic farmers who are challenged with working in one of the most inhospitable places on Earth. Travelers will also enjoy kayaking, birding, wildlife viewing, hiking and many other adventurous activities.
Peru: The Way of the Wari and the Lost Empire (10 Days)
Custom dates available
Most people know about the Incas and Machu Picchu, yet there are pre-Incan civilizations largely unheard of outside Peru. This tour takes guests to the lesser-traveled northern region of the country to explore what remains of several ancient cultures and the mysteries these societies left behind. Tour the Huacas del Sol y de la Luna archaeological complex and museum, boasting exquisitely decorated temples that truly represent the Moche culture. Travel to the ruins of Chan Chan, the largest adobe city in the world, then visit El Brujo, one of the most important archaeological sites on the north coast and the ceremonial center for 10 cultures. Visit the Valley of the Pyramids of Tucume, the last capital of the Sican and Chimu kingdoms. Tour Wari ruins and temples around Ayacucho then spend the last day at Vilcashuaman, once an Inca administrative center. Travelers will spend ample time with archaeologists on guided tours and at dig sites; meeting with artisans and learning how to make their ancient crafts; and visiting preeminent museums throughout the region.
Peru: A Rural Life – Living La Vida Local (11 Days)
Custom dates available
This exclusive itinerary gives guests an insider’s view of rural life in southern Peru, providing access to small villages from the Andean highlands to the floating islands of Lake Titicaca to the deep canyons of Colca. Travelers will make their way by foot, horseback and even catamaran to access parts of the country too remote for most outsiders to reach. Guests will not only see endemic wildlife and discover beautiful landscapes, they will also meet locals in each region and learn about their quiet lives away from the tourist masses. Visit a local school above the Sacred Valley for a unique cultural exchange with young Peruvian children then setoff on horseback along rural paths through small communities, interacting with villagers and getting a rare glimpse of their every day lives. Meet farmers and dig up potatoes for a home-cooked, group meal. Take a first-class train from Cusco to Lake Titicaca, then enjoy a lake cruise followed by a homestay with a local family. Take part in intimate conversations and one-on-one activities while sharing gentle smiles and warm embraces. Receive a guided tour of the Colca Canyon and UNESCO World Heritage City of Arequipa. Guests will spend a lot of quality time with locals, learning how they live, where they work, what they eat and so much more. This tour is about the people of Peru, but travelers will have plenty of time to explore towns, visit historical sites and relax with new friends. Note: even though much of this tour is on horseback, the horses used are very gentle and great for beginners.
For more information on fall tours with Myths and Mountains, including custom tours, check out the diverse itineraries at www.mythsandmountains.com or contact the home office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-800-670-MYTH. You can also read Myths and Mountains’ blogand follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Google +, Instagram and other networks.
For every trip booked in 2015, Myths and Mountains will donate a percentage of its profits to READ Global in Nepal. READ Global was founded by Myths and Mountains in 1991 and is now a separate 501c3. With 59 READ Centers in rural Nepal, READ is helping its villages devastated by the earthquakes with blood banks, tents, ambulance services, childcare and other needed support.
About Myths and Mountains
Veteran adventurer Dr. Antonia Neubauer founded Myths and Mountains in 1988 to foster intimate cross-cultural experiences, offering tours designed to take travelers to the very heart of the places they visit. The company’s mission to provide hand-crafted, experiential journeys has created a solid place for Myths and Mountains in the adventure travel industry. They were named as Trusted Travel Experts on the 2015 Wendy Perrin WOW List; Allie Almario is the WOW expert for Ecuador and the Galapagos, while Dr. Neubauer is the WOW expert for Bhutan and Nepal. Dr. Neubauer has also been Condé Nast Traveler’s Nepal Top Travel Specialist since 2011. Achievements: “Top Ten Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth” – National Geographic Adventurer, 2009; “Ultimate Adventure Outfitters From Around the Globe” – Travel + Leisure Magazine, 2010; “50 Tours of a Lifetime” – National Geographic Traveler, 2013 and 2015.
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