Ladies Adventure Retreat Cotopaxi Ecuador

Cotopaxi, Ecuador

Traveling Jackie
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Feb 12 - 16, 2019
Group size: 5 - 11
Ladies Adventure Retreat Cotopaxi Ecuador
Cotopaxi, Ecuador

Traveling Jackie
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7 reviews

Feb 12 - 16, 2019
Group size: 5 - 11

About this trip

Connect with other adventurous females ready to do some exploring, both inside and outside. 

  • Participate in transformative personal exploration workshops as we prepare for life’s leaps (see below)
  • Share and interact with other women who travel
  • Take a horseback ride, “chagra” style (did someone say assless chaps?), with views of Cotopaxi Volcano
  • Learn to cook Ecuadorian cuisine
  • Hike to the refugio on Cotopaxi Volcano (15,953 steps closer to the moon!)
  • Go mountain biking in Cotopaxi National Park (optional)
  • Practice morning meditation/yoga/writing (optional)
  • Experience an advanced high ropes course
  • Leave with new life tools, aspirations, and friends

2018 Participant Testimonials

"I want all the women in my life to have this experience, because it was so transformational." - Jenn

"You pull in a very specific audience, and we all fit together so perfectly. It makes me excited to attend another Traveling Jackie retreat/adventure trip!" - Alicia

"I feel like I will always be part of this group, and I am so grateful for the experiences and lessons I have learned." - Miranda

"All the women got along and supported each other... Women empowering women is an amazing thing." - Amanda

Craft Your Net, Take Your Leap

A skill-building workshop in leaping with the right tools to catch yourself.

We’ve all heard it: “Leap and the net will appear.” While this well-intended proverb encourages us to be brave and take risks, it also blindly suggests that something or someone else will magically catch us when we do. Excuse me as I call bullshit.

In 2015, I chose to take a leap and change my life. I had a husband, an apartment, and a beautiful dog, in a place I called home. My leap catapulted me straight into a nomadic life as a solo female traveler.

In trying to adapt to my new reality, I wandered the world aimlessly, wondering more than once when my proverbial “net” would show up.

It wasn’t until many months later that I realized no one and no thing was going to catch me. I had taken control of my life when I made the decision to take my leap. Likewise, it was up to me, and me alone, to catch myself.

Through months of reflection, observation, challenge, and practice, I learned what it took for me to craft the net that would eventually catch me and start me on the long journey back up.

I still carry this incredible life tool with me. It’s easier for me to find the courage to take leaps now (big and small), in my personal life, my work, and my travels, because I trust that my net is ready, even for the most challenging times.

Who or what else can I count on if not myself, especially as I travel the world alone?

As I crafted my net, moving from place to place across the world and back, I took notes. I wrote post after post of what I learned along the way, and I came up with practices to help me define exactly what my net was made of and how to let it catch me when I need it. 

I continue to grow stronger and more courageous because of what’s inside my net.

The beauty, and perhaps the reason for the painful path I took, is that what I learned isn’t exclusive to me. It applies to everyone. So, armed with courage and faith, I am sharing these practices, tools, and resources that make up my net, with you.

If you are a female who has taken a leap, or if you plan to take a leap, to make a change in your life (big or small), this retreat is for you. Together in Ecuador, we will explore what it looks like for each of us, collectively and as individuals, to create our own nets, to prepare for any leap.

As we dig inwardly, we will also challenge ourselves outwardly. Each day, in between group discussions and home-cooked hacienda meals, we will participate in the adventure activities listed above.

We’re going to the highlands of Ecuador because I want to take you out of your comfort zone. I’m in the arena of personal development and challenge, and international travel expedites that journey. I want to help you see that you can take a courageous leap and catch yourself too, even if it starts with traveling to Ecuador.

What’s included

  • Accommodations
    When you see the cozy rooms at Hacienda El Porvenir, you'll never want to leave! All rooms include private bathrooms and hot water, rates are based on double occupancy. Single occupancy supp $400.
  • Meals
    The hacienda has its own kitchen, with homemade recipes and a family style dining room. Meals from lunch on Day 1 through lunch on Day 5 are included. Beer and wine available for purchase.
  • All Activities
    All listed activities: hike, horseback ride, mountain biking, cooking class, and ropes course are included. Spa services on site are available but not included in price.
  • Transportation
    Private transportation to and from Quito to Hacienda El Porvenir is included on Day 1 and Day 5.
  • Airfare
  • Travel Insurance
  • Gratuities
  • Personal Expenses
  • Meals outside itinerary
  • Alcoholic beverages

Available options

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Your Organizer

Traveling Jackie
7 reviews
Jackie Nourse is the host of the international hit podcast JUMP with Traveling Jackie, and she is the founder of The Budget-Minded Traveler, an award-winning blog and community designed to encourage and equip US-Americans to travel overseas. She also hosts adventure trips and retreats for her audience, leads mentorship programs for women, and blogs about adventure travel and lifestyle at Traveling Jackie. She is a four-time study abroad alum, linguist (five languages and counting), and serial expat. Her work has been featured by Self, Business Insider, Forbes, and more. Find her at @travelingjackie and


This trip far surpassed all of my expectations. It was different from any vacation I have ever taken. I am sold on adventure travel. Jackie planned so many different activities. It was great to step outside my comfort zone, push myself, and truly see what I was capable of accomplishing. It was truly amazing being around women that lifted each other up. Truly a special experience that I will always cherish.
I had a great time, the ladies in the group were amazing, I felt like I had known them forever, lasting friendships. The food was delicious, The acomodations were comfortably and the surrounding scenery breathtaking with the Cotopaxi volcano peeking through the hills.. Jackie is very genuine, a great planner, no wrinkles on the whole trip. Great adventure retreat, you won’t regret it. Waste no time, go book it!
Before I booked this trip, I read the reviews. Everyone said this was amazing, transformative. Now I'm a skeptic at heart so I take everything I hear with a grain of salt. But after going on this trip and meeting Jackie, I can confirm what everyone is saying. This retreat was AMAZING. The location was beautiful, the food was wonderful, the activities were well thought out, and I learned more than I thought was possible. I can't put into words how happy I am that I was able to take this leap. If you get a chance to go on one of Jackie's retreats, TAKE IT. You will not be disappointed.
We knew this would be the trip of a lifetime and it did not disappoint. Jackie's well-thought itinerary kept us going and excited the entire time. The guide she worked with was incredible. The accommodations were amazing. From the moment we stepped onto the bus on day 1 to the moment we departed the bus at the airport at the end, we were taken care of. Knowing we had nothing to worry about but being in the moment was the most satisfying experience, and not one we took for granted. The added bonus of her having a professional photographer took the worry out of trying to capture every moment and left us free to experience every second, which we did. We know that this will NOT be our last trip with Jackie; the effort and work she puts into her group trips is evident and the experience we had was one we will never forget. For anyone who doubts whether a group trip is for them, know that we did prior to going, but the group that Jackie brought together made the experience even more amazing. We cultivated friendships that will last a lifetime. Thank you, Jackie, for giving us the chance to go to Patagonia!
This trip was everything I expected, and also completely unexpected. I have been wanting to do a trip to Patagonia for a while, and to go with Traveling Jackie was a real treat, since she is so obsessed with the area. She also paired up with one of the best tour guides I've ever met, Ro. He really made everyone feel comfortable and taken care of if anything went wrong. This trip pushed me, but in such great ways. It is definitely a physical struggle, and sometimes a mental one as well. We had outstanding weather in Chile on the W, and true Patagonian insane weather in Argentina. Each trail was a treat, but the people are what really made this trip. Everyone with a common goal, coming together from different walks of life, enjoying ourselves, together. And since I've eaten (drank?) the calafate berry, I guess I'll just have to go back!
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Traveling with Jackie is awesome! Not only does Jackie do a fantastic job organizing her trips, getting to travel with someone you look up to is inspiring. I'll definitely be signing up for more of her trips in the future.
By Anastasia Ludtke on Feb 25, 2019
Awesome experience and people, would highly recommend!!!
By Shawn D on Jun 25, 2018
Jackie is an excellent retreat leader. I went with her on her women's adventure retreat in Ecuador, which she packed full of amazing activities in a gorgeous setting. The experiences she planned were unique, once-in-a-lifetime-level ones! With her trips, Jackie has thought about all the details so you don't have to. The Ecuador retreat was extremely well organized and well-run. Thanks, Jackie, for making my experience in Ecuador so magical!
By Jackie F. on Feb 19, 2018
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