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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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Whidbey Island
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123 reviews 123 reviews
35 hotel reviews
114 helpful votes 114 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2012

We can't say enough wonderful things about this property! Frank and Margaret were friendly, helpful, generous, and extremely informative. We spent two glorious weeks at the Ali Shungu while visiting a local shaman, Don Joaquin Pineda. When not with him, we were writing books, and we can't possibly imagine a more perfect place to stay, free on interruptions and with... More 

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surrey
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3 reviews 3 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2012

We've stayed in 56 hotels so far on our trip - this is the best so far. The owners Frank and Margaret could not have been more helpful hosts, even ferrying us into town and showing us round the Otavalo markets. Food was plentiful and top quality local produce and tasted great. Huge lodge for each guests, clean, nicely decorated... More 

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2012

Ali Shungu is one of the most beautiful places I've ever stayed both scenery-wise and accommodation wise. The food was also excellent. The dogs were lovely and accompanied us on our hikes around the property. Margaret and Frank were very attentive when I wasn't feeling well and offerred to take me to the doctor if needed (it was not.) We... More 

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San Francisco
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2012

From the moment our driver pulled up to Ali Shungu we knew that our stay would be the absolute highlight of our Ecuadorian honeymoon. We truly felt like royalty at the lodge. Our "room" was more like a beautifully decorated and spacious palace. We LOVED the sweet dogs and the INCREDIBLE food. We have never felt more relaxed in our... More 

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Franconia, New Hampshire
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2012

Ali Shunghu Mountaintop Lodge is a wonderful place to relax high up in the Andes near Otavalo in Ecuador. Each accommodation is like a mini-villa with fantastic views of the magnificent Mt Imbabura. The beauty of this mountain changes fr minute to minute; I spent hours gazing upon/photographing this magnificent wonder of nature. The guesthouses and restaurant are tastefully decorated... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2012

Perched on a mountain top that gazes up to towering volcano peaks, this amazing retreat will give you an Ecuadorian experience you will not forget. The grounds are lush with flower gardens, nooks to read in, and lovely paths to explore (there are even two kissing llamas to visit). Our house was beautifully decorated with bright colors and local art,... More 

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Baton Rouge
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2012

Fantastic place/experience at 10,000 feet, high above Otavalo. The owners, Frank and Margaret, couldn't be nicer, and have made a dream world in the mountains. Lots to do on the grounds, in Otavalo, and nearby, and they are great guides to it all. A bumpy road up, and sleep at this altitude doesn't come naturally for everyone (me included), but... More 

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Sacramento, California
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5 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2012

If you desire a mini paradise, your own delightful casita, delicious fresh home-grown food that is stuck on top of a mountain, this is your place. It's a bumpy 15 minute taxi ride straight up the mountain out of Otavalo. You think you are going to a shack as the road worsens, the taxi hitting bottom on the wagon-wheeled track.... More 

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Santa Barbara, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2012

Ali Shungu is a beautiful mountaintop retreat from which to enjoy the beauty of Otavala landscape but close enough to town to partake of the market and other attractions. The homes are beautiful... with Ecuadorian handicrafts, and very spacious and comfortable. There is always a fire in the woodburning stove and a nice welcome from Frank and Margaret, the owners.... More 

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Cape Cod
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2012

May 8, 2012 It was my first visit to Ecuador, and after reading the reviews on Trip Advisor, I decided to spend the first few days at Ali Shungu, to acclimatize and drink in the natural beauty of the area. It couldn't have been more perfect! From the warm welcome offered by Frank and Margarita, and friendly dogs Sara and... More 

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