Slide into Blissful Tranquility
Away from the hiking, trekking and rafting, Sacha Ji provides the perfect tonic for aching limbs. Sprawling to the south of Imbabura volcano, this recently built wellness retreat oozes relaxation as soon as you stroll through its beautifully carved wooden door. While the curved architecture, with windows spanning a whole wall, resembles the hideaway of a James Bond villain, inside the sound of panpipes swirling along with the scent of incense calms the soul. Visitors can meander through a replanted wood, pass the herb, fruit and vegetable garden before sliding into the Jacuzzi while watching the sun dip behind Lake San Pablo. If you find the yoga and Reiki Therapy too relaxing, explore the volcanoes and mountains on horseback or by foot. In line with Ecuador’s green tourism drive, the cobbled-stone walls of Sacha Ji are built on old tyres, power is solar, food locally sourced and the employees are all from the surrounding area.
By Simon Willis, AFAR Local Expert