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El Refugio de Intag Cloud Forest Lodge

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#6 of 41 B&Bs / Inns in Otavalo
This cloud forest Lodge is located just 33 miles from the market town of Otavalo along the Toabunchi River in northwestern Ecuador. The brick-and-stucco house and the wooden cabin are surrounded by gardens that attract the 200-plus species of birds from the retreat's 60 acres of forest. The often snow-capped 17,000’ Cotacachi mountain is in view. Mild temperatures are the norm: an average of 75 to 80 F. Guests can hike along the river or up the mountain to view birds and orchids and other strikingly beautiful wildflowers. The area is free of tropical diseases. Meals are available from the resident caretakers who are also the cook and guide. A thirty-minute drive takes you to the small town of Apuela, with stores, a health clinic and the Coffee Cooperative of ACRI, to witness the way the coffee process works--from farm to roasted beans. Not far away are the hot baths of Nangulvi. These natural hot springs are set in a deep valley, the mountains rising straight from the valley floor. The best part of El Refugio is the closeness to nature it provides. The refuge is off the main road, so the sounds you hear are the birds and the river, and the clouds that frequently cloak the forested mountains make for a dramatic setting.
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Free parking
Free Internet
Breakfast included
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Non-smoking hotel
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
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Casilla 18 Via Intag Km 53, Otavalo 100450 Ecuador
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Mariscal Sucre Airport35 mi
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El Refugio de Intag Cloud Forest is amazing! From the beautiful and peaceful setting, the gracious owner and staff, fantastic food and gorgeous rooms I was in travelers heaven. If you will be anywhere near the Intag Valley/Otavalo during your trip to Ecuador, don't miss staying
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Book here - don't even hesitate! The most unique and enjoyable of the places we stayed in Ecuador. Sandy was helpful with our booking and offered exact directions by bus from Otavalo. Peter was there to greet us when we got off the bus. The setup is ideal with one main
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Intag Cloud Forest was our first and second night stay over in Ecuador. We had flown with stopovers for 37 hours then drove for over 3 hours to arrive at this most wonderful of destinations ! Peter and the onsite family not to mention to dogs, cat chickens etc were most kind
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My most recent visit to the Intag Cloud Forest Lodge was in December 2018 and that was my and my family's third visit there. The lodge is located in a very small rural town, a 1-1/2 hour drive from Otavalo. The paved road from Otavalo to the Lodge was completed only 3-4 years
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El Refugio is simply magical!! Peter and his staff treat you like family and are eager to share their love of this beautiful land and the plants, mammals, birds and insects with whom they share their home. The food and coffee is farm to table, wholesome and delicious. Get ready
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$109 - $111 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
EcuadorImbabura ProvinceOtavalo
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