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“Stunning place!” 5 of 5 stars
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Km 17 ruta de Banos a Puyo, Banos EC180250, Ecuador   |  
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Ranked #6 of 38 Banos B&B and Inns
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“Stunning place!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

We stayed here after a long long tour of South America and we needed somewhere to relax and unwind. It is a perfect most beautiful patch to unwind and relax in with absolutley stunning views- get in touch with nature or get stuck into some fun adventurous activities. Fantastic hosts. Loved it! Thank you!

  • Stayed April 2013, 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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    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2013

We did see the one bad review on this place in December before we went to Banos but decided to ignore it given how scandalous and exaggerated it was and so inconsistent with all other reviews; we are glad that we did! This person was far, far from the mark and is obviously not a traveler but just an uninformed tourist.

We stayed for 3-4 days camping in Pequeno Paraiso & loved the place. We found Sue & Mark incredible hosts and we loved the location, the big kitchen, common area, excellent food, lovely grounds etc. Their prior experience as overland travel guides across the Americas and in other continents also proved invaluable for us in planning the rest of our route down south, both Mark and Sue went out of their way to help us plan with this.

We found that PP is also well know with long-term and adventure travelers which makes it well worth the stay if you want to meet like-minded folks in the hosteria's agreeable common area.

As far as location, PP is not in the center of Banos but just some 15km away and a stone throw away from many trailheads (which is one of the things that we very much liked) There is regular and good bus service to Banos that you can grab just outside of PP and Mark and Sue also are very helpful to arrange taxi service if you need it (also quite affordable)

All in all, PP is a wonderful place to which we hope to return next time we're in Ecuador!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013 via mobile

Wow, where to start!!! The hosts Sue and Mark were fantastic. What lovely, friendly, hostpitable people with spot on local knowledge. The location is 17 kms out of Banos but it is very easy and cheap (50cents) to get into town. There is a small town 15 min walk away with many eateries also close by. It is nice to stay out of the hussle and bussle of a big town. Lots of walks and things to do close by. The premises has lovely gardens, facilities and a pool. Lots of hot water which is a welcome addition. And the dogs make the whole experience perfect. 10/10 for me.

  • Stayed May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2013

It's been 6 years since I last stayed at Pequeno Paraiso and I was super excited to get back to this stunning lodge and camp site. We stayed for three nights which gave us time to explore the two lovely waterfalls which are walking distance from the lodge and to raft the local river which was an exhilarating day out navigating Grade 5 rapids! Town is interesting for a wander and the bus ride is a stunning drive along the edge of the gorge at a cost of US$0.50 each way and took about 15-20 minutes. Sue and Marc looked after us so well and everyone we travelled with raved about the lodge and amazing barbeque. We are already looking forward to visiting again!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013

I recomend this hostel to anyone traveling through South America. The owners were amazing people and very accommodating. Myself and two friends camped in the yard of their hostel, but were still able to use everything they offered. Sue, one of the owners, gave us lots of options for hiking in the area and pointed us in the direction of an amazing Empanada lady, who we visited three times in our short stay. They also whipped up a great breakfast for us and from the smell of everyone else's dinner it seemed just as great. Whether you are looking for a place to meet amazing people or somewhere to relax and unwind for a couple of days this is the place. I highly recommend it to anyone in the Banos area!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2012

This has got to be the worst place to stay in the whole of South America. The most inhospitable and selfish hosts that you can ever meet. They made our stay a complete hell.

They have 2 dogs which jump up at you endlessly and are constantly running around, they will literally hound (no pun intended) and ruin your stay. They go into the pool and do what doggies do, and will even chase you down the main road.

Plus if that wasn´t worse enough, the place is riduculously far from town, It´s a 25 minute fast bus ride to town and then you have to get back again.

Do yourself a favour and give this nightmare from hell a wide berth and stay in town.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2012

I brought my family in August to Paraiso. What a great find! It is perfect for families and is situated in a small paradise. Sue and Mark made us feel so welcome. They would discuss with us what we wanted for dinner, served a marvelous breakfast, and suggested many wonderful excursions. They truly tried to get a sense of what we really wanted and often offered ideas. There was beer and drinks for the taking using an honesty policy. We had been driving for a week, which can be difficult in Ecuador, and they made everything so welcoming for us. They are not looking for lots of roudy customers; it has a warm, accomodating feel.

John, Lisa, Soli, and Cali

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 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 Hosteria Pequeno Paraiso

Address: Km 17 ruta de Banos a Puyo, Banos EC180250, Ecuador
Location: Ecuador > Tungurahua Province > Banos
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 38 B&Bs / Inns in Banos
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our accommodation is situated amongst beautiful gardens that teem with bird life and native flowering plants. We have a soft grass area for campers, parking for campervans, en-suite rooms with 24 hour hot water and a fully equipped kitchen and bar area. We are located 17km from Banos de Agua Santa going towards Puyo, between two major Ecuadorian waterfalls, that of Machay and Paillon del Diablo. ... more   less 

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