In Feb. 2014 six of us Canadians spent a memorable four days at Casa Mojanda - a series of comfortable cabinas appropriately constructed to fit into a hillside setting with panoramic views, and having excellent relations with the neighbouring indigenous Minga (community). Casa Mojanda is an ideal spot from which to access the Otavalo valley and its many artisan villages. However, you can walk to a waterfall, horseback ride, or soak in an outdoor hot tub right on/from the hotel's premises. Then there is the question of the delicious meals served in their restaurant... where you can also meet some of the very interesting owners of some of the other cabinas (yes you can buy one, or purchase a plot of land on which to construct your own). The 'management' and 'staff' quickly accepted us as part of a larger familia. The owners showed a willingness to engage with us in a broader political discussion of events in the country and in the region, something that we appreciated and that is not often experienced in other 'tourist' destinations. We were also accorded one staff member we could turn to help us plan the various visits that filled the interesting days spent this part of the Ecuadorian sierra. On our final night the local Minga-based group Ali Huayra brought their traditional music to the dining room, and everyone was soon up and dancing. After the warmth of the hospitality enjoyed at Casa Mojanda and experienced in the Otavalo valley generally, were we keen to return to the minus 20 degree weather in Canada...? I think not!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Casa Mojanda operates on the basis of a firm and ongoing commitment to the principles and practices of ecological tourism and contribution to the surrounding community. Casa Mojanda was designed to have a minimally intrusive impact on our local ecosystem and culture. We believe that ecotourism operations must at a minimum “do no harm,” and be sustainable socio-economically and environmentally, as well as harmonious with and actively supportive of indigenous traditions and cultures. When it comes to lodgings and resorts, we believe that small is beautiful. By keeping Casa Mojanda large in vision but small in scale, we are able to interact with our guests personally, and whenever there is interest, we will connect visitors with local schools, clinics and environmental projects. Each guest is a part of this ongoing process and your feedback and participation are most welcome. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Casa Mojanda Otavalo
- Casa Mojanda Hotel Otavalo