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The Crown of South America - Exploring the Andes

South America’s pride, the Andes is a mountain range of awe-inspiring landscapes. Constituting the continent’s spine, this 4,500-mile-long cordillera is home to dozens of distinct cultural groups, each possessing their own language, history and civilization – yet all sharing the same …let’s say… “spirit.”

There is an air about the Andes …a sense, something mystical, a quality that you can almost hear as a whisper but feels like a gently caressing breeze. You can feel it, whether while hiking in the Ecuadorian páramo, or as you observe the ruins of Machu Picchu surrounded by fog, or in those moments of sitting in the silence atop Mount Aconcagua … it’s there. In a way, this feeling-sense-quality presents itself in the form of some kind of reward, and we’d like to keep it like that – an indescribably rewarding experience.

With this in mind, we invite you to step into this alluring and mysterious land. Later on, you might just think back on what we’ve tried to describe here.

The Andes is a land waiting to be explored and sensed. It is a destination for making cultural contacts and for connecting with nature by hiking, mountain trekking, whitewater rafting or even herding wild horses across the lunar landscape of the paramo highlands. Countless faces and activities await.

Experience living at this pace. You’ll feel like time is slower yet somehow fuller, emotions more dominant but at the same time deeper… The planet will somehow seem so vast and beautiful; you might even feel gratitude for simply being alive in this world.

Such “simple” events such as staying at a hacienda will give you opportunities for these sensations. These occur for brief moments, such as when rolling into a cozy alpaca poncho in front of the fireplace with a hot cocoa while staring out the hazy landscape from your window in silence. It is precisely in these moments that such magical sensations are experienced.

However, to truly immerse yourself in the Altiplano highlands, one has to go out horseback riding. At first, you proceed slowly, as you’re not yet sure of where you are or where you’re going. Nonetheless, you just follow your guide, an Andean chagra, or cowhand. A thick fog interrupts your sight and you only hear a nicker in front of you. You look at your horse, and she seems calm, which in turn it calms you. Then the scene clears up, opening onto a boundless landscape of lakes and golden feathergrass. You have no idea what it is, but you are moved with gratitude. There are so many of these moments that you have to experience for yourself.

This is not an invitation to a conventional excursion or an overnight stay at a luxury hacienda. This is about sensing the Andes – where luxury is completed in the experiences you’ll live.

At Surtrek, the Andes holds a very special place among our passions; after all, we began our operation specializing in this beautiful region. Many clients have described our Ecuadorian Andes as the most unique tours in this country, and that makes us truly proud. We are always happy to tailor a traveler’s the journeys to this noble land. Let’s start designing an inspiring journey just for you.

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