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Madre Tierra Resort & Spa
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Vilcabamba
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Denver, Colorado
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“Incredible!”
Reviewed January 8, 2013

My daughter and I just spent a week at Madre Tierra Hotel and couldn't have been more pleased with our stay. We were in Vilcabamba for my nieces wedding which was held at the hotel. Not only did we have an incredible room with a balcony and a killer view but it also had the most wonderful hammock I have ever used! The food was excellent - especially the french fries and home made mayo! The staff was wonderful - always friendly and ready to help. Don't miss this gem in the middle of one of the most beautiful tropical valleys in the world - you won't be sorry!

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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Michigan
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Reviewed January 2, 2013 via mobile

Peter, Gail and family along with their staff were great hosts. The hotel is a delightful tropical retreat with a beautiful view up the valley. The food was excellent, organic and well presented. We took advantage of the spa for several treatments and found the space to be very complete and relaxing. The pool area is compact but very refreshing with a pool that is deep enough to really cool off. We have told many of our friends about Madre Tierra and we highly recommend it to everyone. We will definitely return.

Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Evergreen, CO
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed December 29, 2012

My wife Kris and I are mid-forties and traveled to Ecuador on what you could call a research mission. Like a lot of folks these days we're contemplating a simpler lifestyle somewhere outside of the US. Our first stop on this trip was Vilcabamba and the Madre Tierra for 5 nights. Pretty simple; we can't say enough good things about the hotel, restaurant and spa. The owners and the "family" of staff are great people and they work tremendously hard to make sure your stay is a great one. We thoroughly enjoyed everyone's company and would stay again in a minute. The food is great (they even bake all the breads on-site), the rooms and grounds are spotless and we shared an amazing time in the spa.
Not just a good review here, but a sincere thanks to Peter, Gail & Nathan for the genuine hospitality.
If Vilcabamba is on your radar, look no further than Madre Tierra!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Columbia, Missouri
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Reviewed December 19, 2012

I have to say I was not crazy about Ecuador as a whole. However these people made the trip.

The hotel? So beautiful!
The rooms? Clean, comfy and adorable!
The owners? Outstanding!!!

They have a great story to tell about why they packed up and moved from the US. They were warm, funny, personable, accommodating and just all around great people.

We actually checked out, headed to Loja, missed this place so much that we came back to spend a few extra nights! True story.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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Cuenca, Ecuador
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Reviewed December 15, 2012

When we arrived at Madre Tierra it was raining and the sun had just set. Little did I know what I was in for when the rain broke and the sun rose the next morning. First my wife and I awoke in a beautifully hand-crafted cabin, from the balcony the view was breath-taking, it overlooked the gorgeous Vilcambaba valley with lush greenery in every direction. Our cabin was gorgeously woven into the beautiful mountain setting, blending perfectly with the garden-like forest.

As much as our day started so perfectly, it only got better when we met the owners and staff at breakfast. To say the food was delicious and the their service was 5-star would be an understatement. We became family immediately.

You talk about falling in love with the little elderly lady that makes the home-made grain bread. I wanted to take her home with me, or at least her recipe, but no cigar. According to the owners, she will take it to her grave. So I recommend going while you still have time to try it.

Next, they offer a spa, you talk about service with a smile. My wife and I had the relaxation package the first day for 3 hours. Absolutely out of this world. The spa is certainly a hidden gem and the price can not be beat. The ladies performing the services, were absolutely well-trained and very professional.

Then there is the little receptionist girl (local) who took our food orders, checked us into our rooms and, well she is an amazing concierge. We were looking for an outdoor adventure off the beaten path and she happily obliged. She contacted a local guide (Paul) who was amazing and took us deep into the mountains, we followed a mule caravan hauling materials to their home at least a 6 hour hike one way. We then ventured off trail to a gorgeous 100 ft + waterfall where we had lunch was our skin enjoyed the spray from the falls.

I can't express enough how the owners of this gorgeous relaxing hotel and spa customize the experience to each guest. We loved evening dinners sitting and chatting with the owners and staff. We felt at home.

Again, thank you to the owners and staff who are absolutely worth the visit again no matter where you are from!!!

Room Tip: Every room there is unique and worth the visit.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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Vilcabamba, Ecuador
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Reviewed December 15, 2012

As I am still basking in the bliss of an amazing ceremony and reception, I find it only appropriate to share with you that this place rocks for getting hitched. These people care so much about the people that stay with them and that is exactly what you want when you are diving into such a special event. Peter and Gail do what they do straight from their heart and with a smile on their face. They are open, honest and detail oriented. We had the good fortune of being able to stay in one of their lovely rooms after our celebration. We loved the room! A bunch of my family stayed too and everyone was sleeping in style and in comfort. There is a room for every budget at Madre! Even if you just get the chance to stop in for a meal...do it! They have home made mayonaise and it is excellent with the fries.
From the food, to the location, to the room, to the service, to the convention center...this place is a gem in Vilcabamba, Ecuador.

Room Tip: The lion room is super romantic.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Spokane, Washington
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Reviewed December 7, 2012

After a wild van ride from Cuenca to Loja with 7 other passengers and 3 fighting cocks, our arrival at Madre Tierra was a welcome relief! We were greeted with warm temperatures, lush surroundings and the gentle sound of water cascading down from the small pool area. The staff immediately grabbed our bags and ushered us up and into the reception area where we warmly greeted by Aurita and shown to room number 15 - a nice big room with a wonderful veranda and views of the pool and surrounding mountains - gorgeous. Shortly afterwards, we were met by Peter and Gail, the owners, who immediately made us feel at home. For the 5 days that we were there, Peter and Gail went out of their way to make sure we had everything we needed and were always available whenever we had questions about recreational opportunities, local restaurants or really anything to do with Ecuador.

Because this is an eco resort, the owners are dedicated to providing healthy food choices, minimizing the impact on the environment and providing local Ecuadorians with jobs. They have poured so much of themselves into this resort and you can tell that they have a passion to create a special environment for travelers. It's a work in progress and will only continue to get better.

Breakfast is included in your room price and along with the standard egg dishes, you can ask for oatmeal or granola or anything else that may be available. A woman working in the kitchen makes one of the best breads we've ever eaten in our lives. It's a secret recipe that she doesn't share and easily the best bread we had in all of Ecuador, considering that most Ecuadorian bread products tend to lean towards white Wonder bread. If you're like us and need fiber in your diet, eat this bread! The kitchen serves a small, but diverse enough menu of items that are all locally grown and homemade. A real treat was the coconut water straight from the coconut itself.

There is a spa located on the premises and if you're lucky enough to have Gardenia as your masseuse, she's worth every penny. Not only does she have good hands, but is intuitive about your body. Spa treatments here are at least 1/2 the price you'd pay in the US and seem to be a good value. I also had a pedicure for $10 that left my feet the smoothest they've ever been. The only downside to the pedicure is that there are no spa/pedicure chairs that you typically see in the salons back home -the big comfy chairs with a dedicated place to soak and drain the water. If you need back support, you might want to ask to sit in a chair instead of on the massage loungers.

We enjoyed our room which included a nice, comfortable queen mattress and an extra twin bed. There was plenty of drawer and closet storage for all of our belongings and hot water was available whenever we needed it. Wi-fi connection was very reliable. Because Vilcabamba is a rather rural location, everybody owns roosters and it should not surprise you to be awoken every morning by the sound of them. You may also hear donkeys, cows and goats! There are lots of different bird species here so be aware that at any time of the morning you could also hear them singing (or screaming). For those who are sensitive to sound, we recommend earplugs!

If you're looking for a smaller, beautiful, healthy place to stay in Southern Ecuador, we recommend Madre Tierra. You won't find friendlier staff or owners dedicated to making your stay enjoyable!

Room Tip: If you like bigger rooms, ask for a "suite."
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Madre Tierra Resort & Spa
Address: San Pedro de Vilcabamba | PO Box 1145, Vilcabamba 288, Ecuador
Location: Ecuador > Loja Province > Vilcabamba
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Vilcabamba
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Madre Tierra Resort & Spa 3*
Number of rooms: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Madre Tierra Resort & Spa is your gateway to Hiking, Bird Watching, Restaurants and the beauty of the Loja Valley. Enjoy the absolute Peace & Tranquility, stunning views, our incredible Guest Services, Famous Full-Service Spa, Restaurant (Breakfast Included), Library, Pool, Gardens, our Travel Assistance and The Madre Tierra Experience. There are an incredible array of Activities to undertake in our beautiful Loja Valley and the Town of Vilcabamba. Madre Tierra is a short walk into Vilcabamba or a $1.25 Taxi ride. Buses pass along the main road every 15 minutes and will stop with the wave of a hand. The Main Bus Terminal is located just off the Town Square. This is an easy place to get around. Any questions - Please inquire at our Reception for whatever you might need to make your time with us the highlight of your travels. We are here to do what we can to make your stay as enjoyable as possible. ... more   less 
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