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Hosteria Izhcayluma

South of Center 2 Km, Vilcabamba 110161 Ecuador
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#1 of 12 B&Bs / Inns in Vilcabamba
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Situated in the Valley of Longevity in Vilcabamba, Ecuador, this unique hotel invites you to get away from stress and just relax. Its ideal location is a great starting point for the many activities that the valley and surrounding areas have to offer to tourists. Our accommodations range from dormitories to private rooms and even private cabins- tucked away in the many lush flower gardens.
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Deanne F wrote a review Jun 2020
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I am leaving Hosteria Izycayluma in 2 days and I already want to come back!! After quarantining here for over 12 weeks, I feel like I could call this home. There is so much about this wonderful place that I will truly miss. Peace is abundant here. You can immerse yourself in nature wherever you stand or sit on the property. Fruit trees and coffee plants abound. Gorgeous flowers are in bloom everywhere. Amazing views of Mandango Mountain and the village of Vilcabamba and the mountainous surrounds of Podocarpus National Park are a sight to behold. If you are a hiker, you will love all the wonderful hikes here on the property and beyond. Hike for a half hour or seven and a half hours, many routes to choose from. Raik, the wonderful manager, can set you up on a horseback ride of your life. If yoga is your thing you won't be disappointed. Vanessa is a phenomenal instructor. Her direction is so good that you will find yourself doing poses that you never thought possible. She also vets instructors from around the globe to teach here. Izycayluma offers free morning sunrise yoga and afternoon classes too! Vinyassa, Anusara, Air Yoga...just to name a few. Not to mention how gorgeous the open air yoga shala is....perched on a hillside looking towards Mandango. It can be very meditative. After your activities you can lounge by the gorgeous well-kept pool. It is a lush tropical paradise. There is a restaurant and separate bar on the premises. The restaurant has an extensive menu of soups, fresh salads, various entrees of chicken, pork, fish, shrimp and vegetarian and German dishes. Don't forget to have some of the excellent guacamole!! You can enjoy your meal with wine or Izycayluma's own micro brews....Vilqueña beers. The beer is handcrafted in the finca across the street. Breakfasts are delicious here. Fantastic coffee, fresh fruit everyday, delicious fresh juices, excellent granola and yogurt, German -style bread, and then there are made to order eggs and crepes. Fabulous way to start the day. Accommodations here are wonderful. Very comfortable and spotless. Loved the gorgeous river stone shower surrounds! Lovely porches outfitted with hammocks and furniture and fabulous views. Beds are very comfortable and have the European touch of duvets. The weather here seems to be pretty amazing year around. No air conditioning or heating is necessary. We were here at the end of the rainy season into the dry season and I think that there were only 3 days without sunshine. The best thing about Hosteria Izycayluma are the owners Peter and Dieter (brothers from Germany). They have spent 20 years turning this into the place it is today. Truly a labor of love. Their trusty, capable and ever so friendly manager, Raik is a gem. They made us all feel so at home here. They instilled a sense of calm from the craziness of the Covid quarantine. Their generosity went above and beyond on all counts. They made certain that all our needs were taken care of. Including arranging transport to the airport when different groups left to return home. (FYI, in normal times there is a shuttle for $15 from Cuenca that they provide.) The staff here is also wonderful. They seem to love their jobs and are always happy and smiling. Definitely a sign of great management. Do yourself a favor and book a get-away to Hosteria Izycayluma!! You will not regret it. It just might end up being the most relaxing trip of your lifetime.
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Date of stay: May 2020
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dgomez1128 wrote a review Jun 2020
Madison, Wisconsin3 contributions
It is difficult to communicate in writing the magic of Hosteria Izhcayluma. We had planned a one-week vacation, however this turned into an unexpected five-week retreat, full of renewal. We would like to share a few comments about what made our time in this amazing place so special and memorable. First the owners, Peter and Dieter, as well as manager Raik, are three of the kindest people we have ever met. They are so genuine and selfless, which was really inspiring. We feel really fortunate to have experienced this extended stay with them in Izhcayluma and to have gotten to know them. Izhcayluma is a way of life, being and inner peace. The hostel itself, the town of Vilcabamba and the surrounding valley have everything one would need during a pandemic as well as normal times. In addition to the incredible scenery, birds, butterflies, gardens, foliage, sunsets, hiking, accommodations and food, it should go unmentioned that Izhcayluma is also a brewery, making excellent German style lagers, reds and even an IPA. We went there for the yoga and we were taught by some of the best yoga instructors in the most beautiful yoga Shala you can imagine. Vanessa, the hostel yoga master, was amazing in her cues and for the wise messages she communicated in Spanish and English. While we came for the yoga, we stayed for the community and way of life. We are extremely fortunate to have found Hosteria Izhcayluma and know that we will return for another extended stay. Tim and Denise Gomez
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Date of stay: March 2020
Dave H wrote a review Jun 2020
Madison, Wisconsin18 contributions
My stay at Hosteria Izhcayluma was unlike anything you might experience here. My wife and I were looking for a safe place to hunker down at the beginning of the Covid 19 pandemic in March, 2020. We contemplated getting an apartment on the coast, or sticking with our reservation at Izhcayluma. Raik, the manager told us that we could cancel it for free because if we come, we may be here for awhile. What an understatement! Our original 5 day reservation turned into a 3-month quarantine with 20+ other foreigners from around the world. I can’t think of another place in the world I would rather have been. The owners Peter and Dieter, along with Raik made sure our safety and comfort was more important than profit. I’ll never forget their generosity and their concern for us and their staff. We were never left wanting for anything and the food and service remained top notch throughout the quarantine, even when we shifted to 2 meals a day to accommodate the staff who had to meet curfew requirements to get home in time. And so, over time, we grew into a family of sorts. I’m writing this 3 days before we check out and go home and as of today, no staff or guests contracted the virus and we owe this to our vigilance, but also to heeding the advice of Peter, the owner. He also made sure his staff were paid when not all of them were needed. For this alone, you should spend your hard-earned travel money here. But enough of that. What about the place? It’s heaven on earth! I feel like we were sentenced to stay in the Garden of Eden. The landscaping and gardens are top notch. What was a cow pasture 20 years ago is now a garden paradise. There are lots of fruit trees and flowers in bloom, connected by trails throughout the large property. All those bushes with red beans? That’s the amazing coffee you’ll drink in the morning. It’s roasted at the neighbor’s business. Someone had the audacity to tease Peter because the coffee isn’t local enough. The pool (cleaned daily) is an oasis and lounging by it became an almost daily habit. It’s big enough for swimming laps also. The rooms are stylish and very comfortable and the nicest we’ve seen in Ecuador. We ended up being upgraded twice for free and most of the other guests were eventually upgraded also to give more space and because they’re just so damn nice here. An amazing yoga shala is just down a trail and up a small hill. After 15 years of trying, my wife finally got me to try yoga. Why not? What else was I going to do? I ended up loving it and the view of neighboring mountain “Mandango” makes for a great backdrop. Yoga is free and what a deal that is considering what many yoga retreats charge. We were provided with twice a day yoga for 2 of the 3 months we were here, until people and instructors started heading home. Each unit has at least one hammock and there’s a bird-watching spot with two hammocks where you can laze the day away. I’m not a birder, but there are so many here, including a nesting pair of Andean Mot-Mots that make their presence known. Sunsets behind the majestic Mandango are a perfect end to the day. There are several maintained trails on the Izhcayluma property that allowed us to get exercise without leaving. And once the curfews lifted a bit, we were able to go on longer hikes through the area that staff have marked. Don’s miss the Izhcayluma Loop! Afterwards, you can head to the bar for the namesake drink. Yes, when everything in the country was shut down, they were able to pay for Dennis the bartender to stay onsite and keep the bar open. There, you’ll find a cozy open bar with cheap and delicious drinks, a pool table, ping pong, a large TV, and games. Remember, we were all quarantined together, so we dropped the social distancing a bit after a few weeks. And the food? Well, it’s pretty top notch. It costs slightly more than the basic restaurants you find throughout Ecuador, but the quality is excellent and well worth it. There are several Ecuadorian dishes and some classic German dishes included on the large and varied menu. Vilcabamba locals come here often for some variety. And after working our way through every item over 3 months, we never really got tired of the food. So, like I said, you will not have the experience we had because of the quarantine, but I can almost guarantee you will love it here. There are rooms for all price ranges, including cheap dorms and an upscale house with 2 apartments (which I highly recommend if you can afford it). Hopefully you’ll also make lifelong friends here like we did.
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Date of stay: May 2020
Catherine Fyans wrote a review May 2020
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IZHCAYLUMA During the peak of the 2020 pandemic I had the good fortune of spending several weeks in the beautiful Izhcayluma Eco Lodge, near Vilcabamba in the south of Ecuador, South America. How did I find myself in this amazing place in the midst of a pandemic? I was to spend three months in Ecuador, with most of that time spent volunteering at a shamanic retreat center. During a break between retreats I had planned to travel to Izhcayluma to spend a couple of weeks before returning to the retreat center some 5 hours drive away. I had heard that Izhcayluma was a beautiful and special place, and little did I know then, how much it was. ‘Izhcayluma’ is old Inca language for ‘two hills’ and is the local name of the area where the lodge is situated. Apart from the sheer beauty of the area, with the mountain of Cerro Mandango (‘Sleeping Inca’) majestically overlooking Izhcayluma and the near-by town of Vilcabamba, the environment is pristine and climate very pleasant. The grounds of Izhcayluma are extensive and beautifully designed with a variety of lush vegetation. There is plenty of room to wander around and hike within the grounds. The buildings are comfortable and charming and provide for a variety of accommodation needs. Not to mention the lovely spa area, swimming pool and yoga shala that overlooks the surrounding hills and mountains... The Vilcabamba area is known as ‘the valley of longevity’ for a good reason. It is legendary for having inhabitants live healthily to a much older than average age. In addition to visitors looking for a healthy, enjoyable break in order to re-charge, this area also attracts a number of expatriates who are seeking a much more peaceful and healthier lifestyle than their home countries might offer. There is also an element of mystery about this area that certainly adds to its appeal. The Izhcayluma environment and surrounds is very conducive to fitness, health and wellbeing. In addition to the walking tracks within the grounds of Izhcayluma, the Vilcabamba region is well known for its beautiful and extensive hiking and cycling trails. Daily yoga, with expert instructors, at the eco lodge provides a mind-body discipline for those who prefer this type of health promoting activity. Almost immediately after my arrival at Izhcayluma it became apparent that the pandemic was escalating quickly, as was the world’s reaction to it. Ecuador quickly went into lock-down, which markedly limited travel and made returning to the retreat center, or home to Australia, near impossible at that stage. The other guests and myself were to stay at Izhcayluma for the long haul. We were a group of nearly 30 people, from all over the world and of all backgrounds and ages. In addition to the Ecuadorian staff from the local communities, we were quite a mix of people from far-flung parts of the world. The nationalities represented by the guests included: American, Australian, British, Canadian, Danish, Dutch, Estonian, German, Icelandic, Irish, New Zealander and Swiss. Though some might think we were ‘stuck’ there, it quickly became evident to us that we were very fortunate to be spending this pivotal time in history in this extraordinary place. Right from the beginning it became apparent that we were welcome to stay for as long as we needed to, while being looked after and catered to in a manner that was way beyond what we might have been expected under such circumstances. Despite the pandemic and the resulting fear and panic raging on in the outside world, we were in a safe Izhcayluma bubble of calm, positivity, warmth and fun. In this place, kindness and genuine caring for one’s fellow human beings (and a few dogs and cats!) rules. Secretly we knew that we had found ourselves in a paradise of sorts! Our Izhcayluma community quickly became family as we bonded together to enjoy this unique experience in this remarkable place. Deep philosophical conversations, in addition to fun, games and plenty of laughter, enriched our time spent together. It was easy to maintain fitness with daily yoga and hiking within the eco lodge grounds and beyond. Dining on good food and wine in the lovely restaurant setting, which overlooked the magnificent Vilcabamba valley, was an added bonus that enhanced the enjoyment of our stay. The owners and staff of Izhcayluma did their utmost to make our stay comfortable and enjoyable – which it certainly was. Not only did they accommodate us by reducing our rates and throwing in free breakfast and yoga classes and much more, they maintained an atmosphere of calm, positivity and security - despite what was happening in the rest of the world. This was at a time when they could have done the opposite, as we really did not have anywhere else to go. When the rest of the world seemed to be going to hell in a hand-basket, being able to remain aware, yet not alarmed by that external reality is a testament to the people who run the lodge. In any group the prevailing atmosphere always filters down from the top and it was very evident that the principles, values and behaviors of the people who own and manage Izhcayluma created the atmosphere that enhanced the harmonious coherence of our group. (I am also aware that their big-hearted attitudes extend beyond Izhcayluma itself, into the local community and surrounding environment.) In keeping with the pandemic related requirements of the local communities, sensible measures were put in place when needed but never did this impede our sense of peace, safety and fun. We were provided with regular information evenings to keep us up-dated on any relevant pandemic information and were encouraged to keep in contact with our own consulates for further information. Holding the meetings in the bar certainly helped to calm any possible fears and tensions! When it came time for some of us to leave (reluctantly!) to catch flights to our home countries, transportation for the long trip to the airport was arranged for us in their typical efficient and supportive manner – a service that they did not have to provide for us but chose to anyway. Leaving Izhcayluma to re-enter the ‘real world’ was a huge shock for me. There could not have been more contrast between being in the beautiful, peaceful, community oriented place of Izhcayluma to re-entering the world of roadblocks, police checks, weary masked faces, ‘social distancing’, isolation, fear, panic, suspicion and disorientation. I will count my time at Izhcayluma as one of the most wonderful and key times in my life. I know how fortunate I am to have had this experience, which truly renewed my faith in human nature at a time when it so needed to be renewed. I just hope that I can take something of the essence of this place back into whatever part of the world I inhabit. I will be eternally grateful for my Izhcayluma experience and particularly to the people who run the lodge. Izhcayluma Eco Lodge is a very special place. Do yourself a favour and put it high on your list of paces to visit. Sincere thanks to Peter, Dieter, Raik and all the Izhcayluma staff.
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Date of stay: April 2020
Room Tip: Good range of rooms from shared dorm to private cabins to luxury apartment
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BLC52 wrote a review Feb 2020
Winnipeg, Canada30 contributions15 helpful votes
The valley this is situated in is breathtaking.. I’m not sure that there are many places in Ecuador that are not. My daughter and I had a package for 7 nights. I don’t think you can beat the price. They have a spa with some wonderful women working there. The staff give off a family type vibe and I did not meet one member that I could say a bad thing about. The food and service were very good at the restaurant. The breakfast that was included was plentiful and delicious. The free morning yoga was great for any skill level and the shala has astounding views. We each had a single room with a private bathroom and they are done quite (very) nicely. The only complaint would be a lack of hot water,even though I shut the water off after getting wet I didn’t get my hair rinse before it was rinsed. The cabins are mostly privately nestled throughout the property and it’s just a beautiful setting. It’s a short walk in to town and a cheap cab ride back. Vilcabamba is a lovely little community with many expats residing there so not a traditional Ecuadorian town. The other thing that did not meet our expectations was the weather. We thought there would be far more rain! The temperature was in the low 20s (perfect for hiking) although we did see a couple of 30t days. I was expecting to get wet a lot but it wasn’t an issue. Loved the place would possibly go again. Thanks for a beautiful relaxing Place!
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Date of stay: February 2020
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Frequently Asked Questions about Hosteria Izhcayluma
Which popular attractions are close to Hosteria Izhcayluma?
Nearby attractions include Parque de Vilcabamba (1.2 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Hosteria Izhcayluma?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Hosteria Izhcayluma?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Hosteria Izhcayluma?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Hosteria Izhcayluma?
Conveniently located restaurants include United Falafel Organization UFO, Madre Tierra Restaurant, and Rutas.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Hosteria Izhcayluma?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Hosteria Izhcayluma?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including Spanish and German.
Does Hosteria Izhcayluma have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.