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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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    5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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Columbus, Ohio
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
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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Boston, MA
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6 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

We feel very fortunate to have read the Lonely Planet review that gave us the incentive to contact Frank & Margaret. After a few days in Quito and just before heading to the coast, we wanted to experience the very important mountain life in the Andes. The hosts of the Ali Shungu lodge have created an oasis for travelers while... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

we stayed for three nights on the first leg of our trip and absolutely loved this place. Frank and Margarget, the owners, were incredibly welcoming and so helpful. The staff are delightful too. The setting is serene with gorgeous views and access to the surrounding area is easy. We highly recommend this place for anyone wanting a taste of the... More 

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southwest England
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109 helpful votes 109 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

We stayed at Ali Shungu in the middle of a four month tour of South America because we wanted a relaxing break from travel in a comfortable homelike atmosphere. We certainly made the right choice. The cottages are extraordinarily comfortable. They are very large and bright with vast windows looking out to the mountains and surrounding green countryside. Beautifully decorated... More 

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Hanover, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

Our three generation family of eight spent three nights in 3 bungalows at the Ali Shungu Mountain Lodge during the 2014-2015 holiday season. The bungalows were clean, spacious and comfortable. Our children, ages 11 and 14 loved the relaxed pace and enjoyed making friends with the dogs, cats, horses and llamas on the property. The food was AMAZING! Frank and... More 

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

We just got back from a 3 night stay at this beautiful lodge. It's even nicer than the pictures on their website. Everything seems brand-new, and the grounds are immaculate. Frank is a great host, and everything went smoothly. We're vegetarian/vegan, and were easily accommodated with multiple courses, and larger portions than we could finish. This was actually a six... More 

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Enterprise, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

We spent three nights after a hectic two weeks in Quito and Cuenca. Since we live in an isolated mountain cabin, it was a bit like coming home but the volcano perched out the front window of the guesthouse was spectacular. We rested, read, and visited the markets and artists recommended by Frank and Margaret. This is a wonderful way... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

My wife and I spent seven weeks exploring Bolivia, Peru and Ecuador. We stayed in some very nice places along the way. None, however, came close to being as incredibly wonderful as we found Ali Shungu Mountaintop Lodge to be. We stayed three nights and wish we could have stayed three weeks ...... at least. Reflecting back on 50 years... More 

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