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Myths and Mountains

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Myths and Mountains Reviews & Ratings

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69 Reviews

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Rating Details

  • Value:
    5.0
  • Guide:
    5.0
  • Activities:
    5.0
  • Lodging:
    5.0
  • Transportation:
    5.0
  • Meals:
    5.0

Tour Reviews

Trip was excellent.

Myths and Mountains Company Reviews

5.0 February 2017
Recommend: Yes
Overall, the trip was excellent. We enjoyed walking Hanoi with our excellent guide who took us to out-of-the-way places; sunrise over Angkor Wat and the historical temples in Vietnam and Cambodia; the Mekong trips in Vietnam and Laos. The guides in Vietnam, Laos (Nith in Luang Prabang), Cambodia and Thailand were excellent. They worked with us to adapt an itinerary on the go, they took us/directed us to more out-of-the way/authentic places that we enjoyed; and, were knowledgeable and insightful about their countries.
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

My favorite memory was post-dawn at Machu Picchu

Myths and Mountains Company Reviews

5.0 February 2017
Recommend: Yes
My favorite memory was post-dawn at Machu Picchu. I recommend staying at the Sanctuary to beat the crowds and avoid an extra tedious shuttle bus trip. Being up close and personal with the exotic flora and fauna in the Galapagos was priceless.... If the Grace yacht counts as a hotel, its elegance and history were fabulous. The hotel Inkaterra in the Sacred Valley was comfortable and pristine; Aranwa in Cuzco a historic treasure with great bathrooms and super staff. Our guide Rafael Pesantes aboard the Grace had extensive knowledge and passion for the Galapagos and his showmanship made the cruise memorable. Wilfredo in Peru was great from start to finish, and he made the Inca culture and ruins come alive and worked to tailor the trip to our personalities (like giving our daughter opportunities to interact with llamas and alpacas and to observe how the locals live).
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

They really made us all feel like special guests in their home

Myths and Mountains Company Reviews

5.0 February 2017
Recommend: Yes
"The hotel they picked in Guayaquil prior to our departure to the Galapagos was excellent and allowed us not only to see Guayaquil prior to our departure for the islands, but also eliminated the necessity of flying from Quito to the Galapagos which would have necessitated a VERY early wake up call that morning to get from Quito city to its airport(a 45-60 min trip). All the transfers were handled excellently (its always nice to see ones name on a placard when one arrives in a foreign city!). Our time in the Galapagos was superb, albeit on a larger ship (the M/V Legend holds around 100 passengers), and the organization of the guides/naturalists getting people on & off the zodiacs was incredible as were most aspects of life aboard the ship (food, service, etc.). The rooms were simple but fine each with private bath. We left the Galapagos and stayed one night in a nice hotel in Quito and had a great guide who toured us thru the Old City prior to our van ride north to Hacienda Zuleta near Otovalo, EC. He stayed with us for three nights and four days there and took us to wonderful towns in the surrounding area as well as on a hike to a Condor Preserve and on a terrific horseback ride through the trails & valleys around the Hacienda. The beautiful Hacienda was fantastic and had plenty to keep us busy for 5 days & nights. The food, the rooms and the place were spectacular and the owners, Margarita & her nephew Fernando were wonderful gracious hosts. We were driven back to Quito on our final evening in a nice van with an English speaking driver after a full final day at the “ranch”.
Our days in Guayaquil & Quito were fun and interesting, although they were short. Maybe another day to more ""completely"" see Quito would have been nice, but not at the expense of Zuleta! The Hacienda was incredible! Margarita and Fernando were such gracious and friendly hosts, they really made us all feel like special guests in their home...which we were! Our guide Fernando was excellent and such fun to be with; he hiked with us to the condor preserve, rode horses with us and drove to Otovalo, Peguche and Cotocachi as well as to the crater lake. They Wyndham in Guayaquil was excellent and the rooms were GREAT! The Hacienda Zuleta was EPIC...we loved it and the service, food, owners and staff were fantastic (and we all ate way too much)! Our guide Fernando was excellent; knowledgable and really fun to be with...we had a great time with him! Christian also was terrific but a different experience than Fernando who we ""lived"" with for several days."
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

Had a phenomenal experience from start to finish

Myths and Mountains Company Reviews

5.0 February 2017
Recommend: Yes
We recently returned from a vacation planned by Allie and her team (Jen Kamen). We traveled to Ecuador – Quito and Guayaquil and also a 5 day cruise to the Galapagos Islands. We had never been to South America and we had never been on a cruise before this trip.
We had a phenomenal experience from start to finish. Allie and Jen spent quite a bit of time getting to know us and learn what type of experience we were looking for. They custom crafted an itinerary that exactly fit our needs. Allie is extremely knowledgeable on the different ships and their itineraries around the Galapagos and her recommendations could not have been better. We had outstanding guides in both of our on land stops and we had restaurant recommendations and hotel recommendations that were outstanding.
We have worked with many of Wendy’s TTE’s over the years and Allie and Jen are really at the top of their game and first class in every possible way. They have exquisite attention to details, they learn their clients wants and desires and they follow through with everything. Their level of communication is also first rate. They are always available, never too busy and respond immediately with your questions or concerns. We even got a welcome home call from Allie to make sure that we enjoyed our experience. Jen was texting us while we were in Ecuador just to see if we were having a good time. No stone was left unturned.
I would give them my highest recommendation and I would definitely use them again without hesitation. Great people, great planners and if you are looking for that extra special touch or experience, then they are definitely the right choice.
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

We really had no expectations or, for that matter, any idea, of how rich and colorful Sri Lanka could be.

Myths and Mountains Company Reviews

5.0 February 2017
Recommend: Yes
I wanted to thank you for an exceptional trip to Sri Lanka. We really had no expectations or, for that matter, any idea, of how rich and colorful Sri Lanka could be. I remember hearing that you had a particular guide in mind for us and it must have been Charitha Jithendra Jith aka “Chari”. He brought the country and its history to life for us. He was magical. His serenity, love of his country, knowledge of how Sri Lanka came to be, and what challenges lie ahead made us wish we had a second week to explore more.

When we returned to the ship in Trincomalee, our fellow travelers were amazed that we had fit so much into the short time we had. It was Chari’s local knowledge that brought us to sites after hours. We could feel the presence of Buddhism such as the Dambulla Caves, which we saw BY OURSELVES. Chari led us down backroads and we were able to meet local folks and observe hundreds of birds and herds of elephants. Instead of marching down the main avenues of Anuradhapura, we went to the forest monasteries that served the city in remote corners. We found ourselves alone and peaceful as it has been for hundreds of years before tourism began. I am forever grateful to you!
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

Stride Take

Since it was founded in 1988, Myths and Mountains has endeavored – and succeeded – in immersing travelers deeply in the culture of destinations where they conduct both group and custom-designed trips. Each itinerary is focused upon one or more “core concepts” intended to provide unique insights into a destination.

What Makes Them Stand Out?

The concepts around which each trip is planned are not intended to limit participants’ experiences. Instead, they provide inspiration to explore a destination more deeply and fully, based upon the unique attributes of the local culture. For example, depending upon the destination, the “Culture and Crafts” focus might include learning traditional crafts or cooking local delicacies. “Natural Healing” and “Traditional Medicine” may visit a shaman festival or include a visit with indigenous healers in a rain forest. There also are itineraries that explore the “Environment and Natural History” of a destination, and “Religion and Pilgrimage Sites.”

Who Travels With Them?

Travelers with Myths and Mountains are seeking to delve below the surface of a country and its culture, and meet and interact with its people. People who travel with Myths and Mountains to Nepal, India, or Bhutan also have an opportunity to learn first-hand about the company-supported READ Global centers there. Those self-sustaining projects provide education and community development to residents of isolated villages. In the past two decades, the close to 80 READ (Rural Education and Development) centers that have been established continue to improve the lives of people in countless ways.

Where Do They Operate?

Given its goal of introducing travelers to life-changing experiences, it’s not surprising that Myths and Mountains steers clear of more tourist-trodden destinations. It offers guided trips to six countries in each of Asia, Southeast Asia and South America, plus recently added visits to Cuba. A “Customize Your Trip” link to each planned itinerary described on the website enables those who wish to do so to tailor a tour to their own interests and preferences.

How Does it Work?

Depending upon the location, Myths and Mountains augments familiar ways of getting around with modes of transportation that are indigenous to a destination. They include trekking through stunning landscapes, exploring caves in a sea canoe and hiking over lava fields to a volcano.

Why Travel With Them?

The Myths and Mountains approach to immersing travelers in the essence of a destination is a major reason why it attracts a very high percentage of repeat clients. You will return home with not only new understanding about a part of the world but also with memories of very personal experiences that will linger for the rest of their lives. For Myths and Mountains, the belief that “There is no such thing as one itinerary fits all” is not just a slogan. It’s the way the company does business. As a result, travelers benefit in ways well beyond only seeing a destination. They get to know and understand its history, environment, and especially the people who live there. They come away with an understanding of a new and different society that results from being a participant in its traditions and mores, rather than just an observer.

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From Myths and Mountains

Myths and Mountains is the adventure travel company for the discerning and inquisitive globe-trotter seeking a hand-crafted, life-changing experience. With more than 25 years of expertise in designing award-winning trips focusing on cultures and crafts, religion and pilgrimage sites, environment and natural history and natural healing and traditional medicine, we promise adventures beyond the guidebooks, excellence beyond expectations, and guaranteed departures.

Myths and Mountains is the epitome of elegance and casual sophistication – comfortable, convivial and relaxed. We look forward to greeting you as one of our privileged travelers. Enjoy the journey.

Comfortable Travel: Luxury travel with a casual elegance has been our calling at Myths and Mountains for almost 30 years. After all, you’re on vacation, on a journey, on a path of discovery and enlightenment, getting away from it all, seeing the beauty in everything, and breathing the rarified air that makes wherever you travel uniquely yours.

True Experiences: You’ll enjoy boutique hotels and exquisite meals, but traveling with us you’ll also be enveloped by people and societies who teach us about ourselves. You’re sharing yourself with the world and soaking in what the world offers in return.

10 Reasons to Travel With Us:

  • We share our passion with our travelers.
  • We know each destination inside and out.
  • We believe in connecting you with the people and cultures you visit.
  • We Are travel philanthropy. (www.READGlobal.org)
  • Our travelers come back to us again and again and send us their friends and families because they love us.
  • Our guides are known local experts in their fields.
  • We will customize a trip just for you, not just pull a standard design off a shelf.
  • National Geographic Adventure, Travel + Leisure and Conde Nast magazines think we deserve awards.
  • We guarantee departures and do not cancel trips.
  • We are bonded, insured and stand behind our trips.

Associations:

Adventure Travel Trade Association, American Soceity of Travel Agents

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Trips & Specials


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14 days
Private Guided
Luxury - 5 star
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$ 6,695

Highlights

  • Sunset at Shwedagon
  • Bagan touring and home-hosted dinner
  • Craftspeople of Mandalay
  • 8 day cruise on the Chindwin
  • Visit Mingkin to see artworks
  • Explore Mawlaik, the capital of Chin State
  • Wander Shan Enclave of Yaungdoot
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16 days
Private Guided
Value - 3 star
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$ 5,495

Highlights

  • Discover Calcutta
  • Visit State Museum and PM service at Govindajee Temple
  • Explore Kohima
  • Experience Game drives in Kaziranga
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8 days
Private Guided
Premium - 4 star
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$ 2,695

Highlights

  • Discover Santiago
  • Visit Valparaiso and Viña del Mar
  • Experience board ferry to Chiloe Island
  • Explore Puerto Natales and Puerto Montt
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11 days
Private Guided
Premium - 4 star
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$ 4,210

Highlights

  • Explore Thimphu and Paro
  • Visit Memorial Chorten and Textile Museum
  • Drive Punakha
  • Visit to Khamsum Yueling
  • Excursion to Sephu to visit a Chana Weaver and Bamboo Weavers.  
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6 days
Private Guided
Luxury - 5 star
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$ 6,325

Highlights

  • See the familiar iconic silhouette of Che Guevarra
  • Explore old Havana
  • Visit the vessel that brought Fidel Castro, Che Guevara, and other revolutionaries from Mexico to Cuba in 1956.
  • Visit Casa Estudio de Fuster in Jaiminitas.
  • See many mausoleums, some incredibly made with Carrera marble and Lalique glass.
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