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“Very Enjoyable” 5 of 5 stars
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Peguche | P.O. Box 98, Otavalo, Ecuador   |  
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Isla Taboga, Panama
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“Very Enjoyable”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2013

Rooms are basic but clean. The property is very nice and the area is quiet and beautiful. We enjoyed all the meals we had in the restaurant. Taxi to Otavalo cost only $2 so you can visit the market there and then return to the quiet village of Peguche.

Room Tip: We had a room on the lower level under the reception area which was quiet. The view from our hammock...
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2013

Stayed here for a week and felt right at home... Basic rooms, but the area, the people, the service and atmosphere are just fantastic! The restaurant has a fireplace where we sat down every night and had drinks and dinner! Try a canelazo (warm drink with alcohol) after a day of exploring the area.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2013

Aya Huma is an unique hostel for sure. Our group was only there for 2 nights and did not schedule a ritual ceremony but enjoyed the local flavor by sipping hot more and being entertained by the local children's performance of the tradition of the Aya Huma while we were dining on pork or chicken entrees - the pork was grilled to death but everything else was great. The buffet breakfast was fabulous featuring fresh yogurt, granola. fresh fruit and juices, "silver dollar" pancakes with more syrup (more is a fruit that is a big favorite in everything from juice to ice cream) or honey, the traditional mozzarella style cheese as well as a Dutch cheese and crisp breads to go with it. Rolls and toast, coffee, tea, especially coco tea (we requested it and it was brought out immediately). A member of our group recommended its use to cure our various ailments on the trip. If you realize your trip to Ecuador will not be like a 4 star hotel in the US, then this place is great be filled with hit or miss hot water and spiders. While on the taxi ride home from an Otovalan restaurant we witnessed a wedding parade carrying spits of chicken and guinea pigs which were moving - this is not the place for the faint hearted! Beautiful artisans and the waterfall is amazing too.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Portland, Oregon
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55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2012

I took myself to Peguche for 6 nights and days (very near Otavalo) to this recommended hostal and restaurant for a brief holiday away from Quito where I live. I was looking for quiet, cows, handmade tapestries and trekking. It was a good choice. Making the arrangements is a little haphazard but the Dutch/indigeous family who owns and runs this little place made up for it! They are very kind, the rooms are cold (bring more layers of clothing) but beds are comfortable The restaurant serves good food(you can prepare your own if you like) and the fireplace at night is warming, the bar is open and the company around the fire is excellent! If you like a little offbeat and charming, this is your place! I trekked all over the area and another traveler and I took the bus and visited Otavalo and Cotacahi nearby. Volcanos Imbabura looms overhead, Cotacachi nearby and you can even attend a special indigenous ceremony with an informational lecturse in Spanish and English. Don't miss the animal market on Saturday AM early!

Room Tip: The rooms are good but cold at night. Ask for extra blanket and ewear your silk longjohns like I di...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2012

Old and very cold room. Internet is one dollar extra and doesn't work in room or restaurant. In restaurant they don't speak english. Don't go there if you're a single traveller and the hotel is empty like I had. Restaurant is only place with fire but opens at 5 o clock en not an minute earlier.
Receptionis very unfriendly, everything is to much trouble. In stead of three days was very happy to leave after just one day and even that was to much.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled solo
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Aya_Huma, Manager at Hostal Aya Huma, responded to this review, July 1, 2013
Although we had communicated a lot through e-mail before this guest had arrived, I think this is a case of false expectations. In general, we pride ourselves in creating a comfortable and welcoming atmosphere that provides each guest the opportunity for a cultural immersion, and because of that, most of our guests enjoy taking advantage of the events and ceremonies that we offer within the community. In our restaurant, we have the menu in english as well to make it easier for those travelers from other parts of the world coming to Ecuador since our restaurant staff are locals that speak spanish. Usually, our guests decide to stay longer than they had planned. We apologize that we were not able to meet this guest's expectations during their stay here, and we welcome everybody to come and see for yourselves what we have created here.
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Quito
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8 hotel reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2012

Had a really nice and pleasant stay at Hostal Aya Huma. Owner Mieke was very helpfull and it is just a place where you stay longer then planned. Hanging out at the restaurant, joined a Themascal, nice people, so yes I had a great stay and I would recommend the hostal!

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Oviedo, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2012

I love Hosteria Aya Huma. We spent a day in Otavalo & then walked up to Peguche (nice walk) & spent 2 more nights in Peguche. It's a very small place but perfect if you are looking to relax and enjoy a magical place. It is very close to the Sacre Waterfall, which is worth visiting (preferably early in the morning, before the crowds). The food in their little restaurant is beautiful (I had the best Guinea Pig ever- you need to order Guinea Pig in advance). Sometimes the hosteria holds activities (massage, meditation, etc). If you want to relax & disconnect from the world, this is your place!

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Hostal Aya Huma

Address: Peguche | P.O. Box 98, Otavalo, Ecuador
Location: Ecuador > Imbabura Province > Otavalo
Amenities:
Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 23 Specialty Lodging in Otavalo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 30
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hostel Aya Huma is a traditional Indian home which has been converted into a cozy and comfortable hostel. Ruraly located in Peguche, an Indian village 2,5 km outside of Otavalo ( and a 110 km north of Quito), an ideal setting for discovering the beautiful nature in the Andes highlands. The hostel is known for its large social and cultural involvement with the local inhabitants of Peguche. If you want to see the Ecuadorian culture up close and personal or have an unforgettable experience by participating in one of the workshops and rituals the hostel offers, you are at the right address. Aya Huma is also known for its personal approach for every guest. Come and visit if you like tranquility, hiking, camping, massages, good food or the possibility to cook a fabulous meal yourself. It is all possible! ... more   less 

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