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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
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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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Maitland, Florida
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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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28 reviews 28 reviews
5 hotel reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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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4 reviews 4 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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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3 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

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 2 weeks ago

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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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 hotel reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
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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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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3 hotel reviews
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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