This was the favorite place I stayed on my three week vacation on Ecuador's high land. Pretty, laid back, all meals included. The eating place is in the main house so we had a chance to talk to the other travelers, very interesting people over there. The main house has electricity and internet, the cabins don't, you use candles, there is a fire place, they start the fire for you while you are having your dinner. There are no keys to close your cabin, at first I found it strange, but then I loved it, there is a safe inside the cabin you need to bring your padlock, I used it to safe the passports and money. You can see the Cotopaxi mountain from your room, if it is not covered by clouds, we had a view of the mountain in one full day out of three we were there, beautiful mountain. It takes a while to get in there, it is not far from Quito, but there is a more than a 1 hour stretch of rough road, that requires high clearance 4x4. Several people I met in there came from Secret Garden Quito, some very cheaply, it appears on Tuesdays there is a car from Quito to supply Cotopaxi and they charge less for it, otherwise they charge about $40 for the trip from Secret Garden Quito to Secret Garden Cotopaxi, but I think well worth it. The lodge is about 40 min far from Cotopaxi park parking lot (rough road), they can arrange a guide to take you there (guide is mandatory to enter the park) for about $15 per person. They can also arrange a guide for who wants to climb the mountain, I did not use their guide, I used Gulliver expeditions and regretted terribly, I can't tell if their would be better, but would never go again with Gulliver's (I put a review in there if interested). I want to stress climbing Cotopaxi is not an easy task, but going to the base camp is interesting for people in reasonable good shape.
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- Katherine and Tarquin, the owners/creators of The Secret Garden Quito, have moved to the countryside where they have been building their dream home and hostel. It's spectacular mountain scenery, it's a beautiful traditional lodge made of mud bricks and thatched roof, it's an eco-friendly self sufficiency project, it's great homegrown food, it's an adventure center and it's a relaxation center. ... more less
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