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Ali Shungu Mountaintop Lodge

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Imbabura, Otavalo 100450, Ecuador (Formerly Rancho Ali Shungu)
Ali Shungu Mountaintop Lodge
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Indianapolis, IN
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

It's been almost a year since we spent 10 of our family's best vacation days ever at Ali Shungu. Our daughter was 7 years-old last July when we were there, and she tells everyone it was her favorite vacation ever. As we were leaving Ali Shungu she told Frank it was the best hotel she's ever stayed at. We agree,... More 

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Rosemount, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

Ali Shungu is a beautiful haven, quiet and peaceful. I will keep going back and bringing guests. I was impressed with the concept of what they are trying to do - taking care of the land, growing their own food and serving others. It was great to have such a beautiful place to walk around and just relax. The food... More 

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Maitland, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

It's all true, you're going to love this place! I know we did. From the mountain top views to the beautiful house we stayed in, it was all perfect! And the food! Farm to table style, organic, fresh and yummy cooked with family recipes and traditional Ecuadorean dishes. Our hosts, Frank and Margarita made us felt at home. I found... More 

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Cuenca, Ecuador
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

Before I writing this review, I took the time to read the others. It has all been said. I would add that we were finishing a ten day trip in Ecuador, visiting some of places we had been told to go see. All the other places we stayed were just that, places. This was like home but better. We were... More 

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Braselton, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

Beautiful houses and fabulous food! the accommodations are second to none, the houses , not rooms, very tastefully decorated with wood burning fireplaces that are set morning and night or at your request..and the meals are FABULOUS, organic grown on the property and oh so tasty...mora syrup to raspberry heart molded preserves...fresh fruits...this is wonderful experience. Having lived in Cuenca... More 

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Wichita Falls, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

We stayed 5 days in April at Ali Shungu, after spending 8 days in the Galapagos and 4 days in Quito. It was the perfect ending to the trip - a great combination of relaxation, scenery, indigenous culture, and wonderful meals. There are many excellent and detailed reviews of Ali Shungu on TripAdvisor. Rather than repeat much of what has... More 

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Bradenton, Florida
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

I hesitate to draw attention to Ali Shunga for purely selfish reasons ... I don't want it to become too popular! My wife and I stayed at Ali Shunga the last few days of March 2015 at the beginning of our week long travels through Ecuador. It was the highlight of our trip and I wish we had spent the... More 

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Columbus, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

We spent five nights here after returning from 7 nights in the Galápagos, a day of birdwatching at Tandayapa, and a day of downhill mountain biking at Cotapaxi. This was the relaxing part of our trip. We did day trips for hiking and went to some of the smaller artisan towns nearby. Alishungu is a very a special place: the... More 

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california
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

We stayed here to visit Otavalo, being a world-renowned market. We visited the Saturday market, the Condor park, the Peguche waterfall and the weaver's workshop. I'll have to say that the real star is Ali Shangu. The market is a little over-rated and the other sights are ok, but Ali Shangu is something else. It's amazing how Frank and Margaret... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

The accommodation is spectacular. An enormous open style chalet for just you and your partner. Its difficult to explain what makes this place to special. The views are spectacular but there are better ones to be had from lodges up the road to the lakes. The food is good but not outstanding. However, the staff are delightful and the owners... More 

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