Ali Shungu is a beautiful, working farm outside Otavalo. Don Francisco is a terrific host who takes good care of his guests. We stayed in a large cabin that was beautifully decorated with art and crafts from the area and equipped with a wood stove. We stayed two nights and wished we had had more time to enjoy the peaceful surroundings. Breakfasts and dinners were fantastic—large and delicious, often featuring produce from the farm. We took a horseback ride, included with our cabin, that allowed us to see the surrounding area. Our guide, Jose Maria, is the world’s hardest working man. He started a fire in our cabin first thing in the morning and came back again in the afternoon to make sure we’d be warm through the night. He also gave us hot water bottles after dinner—I hadn’t fully appreciated the comfort they provide until this trip. This lodge is a fair distance from town and requires a car (preferably four wheel drive). Don Francisco took us to the big market on Saturday morning and arranged a driver to take us to San Antonio de Ibarra.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Travelers enjoy the tranquility and beauty of Andean Mountains and Culture in our warm and spacious guesthouses, surrounded by 40 acres of private gardens and forests ...all just a few minutes from the world famous markets of Otavalo. ... more less