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Ali Shungu Mountaintop Lodge

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Imbabura, Otavalo 100450, Ecuador (Formerly Rancho Ali Shungu)
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Ali Shungu Mountaintop Lodge
Ranked #1 of 20 Otavalo B&B and Inns
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Cincinnati, Ohio
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We can not add anything to the wonderful reviews already posted. We stayed for two nights in February 2014 and wished we had spent our entire two months in Ecuador at Ali Shungu. Frank is the consummate host and the whole staff, including the dogs and llamas, made our visit perfect. Thanks Jose for the warm fire and your help.... More

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Naples, Florida
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was in Ali Shungu Mountaintop Lodge for five days recently, and it was the perfect vacation for me. I enjoyed the chalet with the wood burning fireplace, the mountain scenery was spectacular, and the privacy was delightful. I enjoyed the food which was entirely homemade, organic fruits, and vegetables, with a nice selection of wines. The staff was helpful,... More

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Dunn Loring, Virginia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Can't really add to the superlatives on Ali Shungu other than to confirm what other reviews have said. The lodge is beautiful and Frank and Margaret are perfect hosts. You gain a fascinating perspective on Otavalo, Ecuador, and life in general when you spend some time talking with Frank. If are you are coming to Ecuador to visit the Galapagos... More

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Toronto, Canada
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Spectacular views, amazing food, wonderful people. We stayed for 5 nights in February and enjoyed every moment. We particularly loved going in to town with Frank to visit one of the markets. The three room lodge where we stayed was huge and very comfortable. We liked Otavalo, but glad we stayed on a hillside out of town. Highly recommended

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4 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

The Ali Shungu lodge scores 10/10 on all accounts. Frank, who runs the place with his wife Margaret, looked after us incredibly well and was a great source of knowledge on Otavalo and the surrounding region. Frank and his staff went out of their way to ensure we were impeccably well looked after, and our three night reservation quickly turned... More

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Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
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123 reviews 123 reviews
40 hotel reviews
165 helpful votes 165 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

My friend and I stayed here with her daughter back at the end of February and WOW. We were in love. The owners of this unique, fabulous oasis are fantastic. First, they come down and meet your cab on the mountain road so that the cab drivers don't have to navigate all the way to the top. Next, we arrived... More

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Vallejo, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

Above and beyond the exquisite accommodations and beauty of Ali Shungu is an example of just how far people will go to do a huge favor. When we were in Otavalo, we purchased a lovely variety of crafts from a local store and thought we had arranged for mailing. When the items did not arrive after some time, we wrote... More

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4 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

Ali Shungu means good heart in the Quechua language and that is exactly the vibe we got from our hosts Frank and Margaret. They were both so very helpful and a wealth of information on the area. Frank took us into town and set up a taxi and everything for us. We became fast friends with Margaret and she took... More

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Mayo
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

Having been to the Galapagos we had another few days in Ecuador before we left for home. We decided to spend 3 days in Ali Shungu based on the excellent reviews, but were a little apprehensive about the location, and what would we get to do and see. We needn't have worried, from the moment we arrived we knew we... More

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

In ALL of western South America it'll be near impossible to find a better - no, a more fantastic abode than this. Frank and Peg are extraordinary hosts, and the lodges and their views are PRICELESS!!!

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Address: Imbabura, Otavalo 100450, Ecuador (Formerly Rancho Ali Shungu)
Location: Ecuador > Imbabura Province > Otavalo
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Travelers enjoy the tranquility and beauty of Andean Mountains and Culture in our warm and spacious guesthouses, surrounded by 40 acres of private gardens and forests ...all just a few minutes from the world famous markets of Otavalo. ... more   less 
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