Myths & Mountains tailors trips to individual tastes

ff-the-beaten-path travel has long been the staple of Myths & Mountains' products. The Incline Village, Nev.-based company has designed programs, mostly for groups, that have taken participants to Peru to observe Inca rituals and to Chile to sample wines.

But "today's travelers are far more intrepid, and today's baby boomers prefer to travel on their own with personalized itineraries," said Antonia Neubauer, president of the company.

In recognition of those trends, Myths & Mountains is stressing "individual trips for discerning individuals," said Neubauer.

The following are examples of the firm's offerings that can be custom designed for clients:

Ecuador

Myths & Mountains offers a two-night-or-longer plan here, with accommodations at the Butterfly Lodge.

Tour highlights include learning about the jungle and meeting indigenous people.

The package rate starts at $275 per person, double.

The firm also offers a three-night package at the Kapawi Ecological Reserve, with accommodations at the ecotourist Kapawi lodge, from $675 per person, double.

Peru

The firm highlights Peru on a three-night trip that offers a stay at the Manu Lodge; an excursion to the Biosphere Reserve, a habitat for more than 1,000 bird species and 200 types of mammals, and walks through the rain forest.

The rate starts at $688 per person, double.

The three-night Tambopata Jungle Lodge and Macaw

Lick Expedition program offers a river excursion to the lick (a natural salt deposit) where three varieties of macaw feed.

The package is priced from $567 per person, double.

Bolivia

The company's seven-day riverboat voyage visits riverside settlements.

The company's four-night package in Madidi National Park includes overnight accommodations at the Chalalan Lodge and explores the area's jungle, savannas and rivers.

The rates for the Bolivian programs start from $1,406 per person, double, with air from La Paz, Bolivia.

For more details, call Myths & Mountains at (800) 670-6984 or visit www.mythsandmountains.com.

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