We visited Ali Shungu Mountaintop Lodge at the end of our two week trip to Ecuador with the idea of relaxing and unwinding from our week in the Galapagos before we headed back to Seattle. It met and exceeded all expectations and I wish we could have stayed for several more days because it was so perfect. The living spaces are huge and comfortable, the food outstanding, the staff attentive and the owners are really interesting and fun. Frank offered guidance on our day's activities when asked and was the perfect travel guide! Margaret was so fun to meet and makes the most amazing jewelry (be sure to ask about it)! Our horse ride was interrupted by thunder and lightening but was very fun nonetheless and after the storm passed, leaving in its wake no electricity, the staff did not miss a beat in preparing a beautiful meal and seeing to all our needs. Most of the lodge is not electricity-based so hot showers were still available and the atmosphere enhanced. It was the perfect location to venture into many of the surrounding communities and then to return to relax and reflect on the day. There is so much natural beauty in the area. When I return to Ecuador, I will return here for as many days as I can fit in to enjoy more of the hiking trails and other nature-based experiences. The weaving and leather materials in the area, as many have noted, is wonderful.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Travelers enjoy the tranquility and beauty of Andean Mountains and Culture in our warm and spacious guesthouses, surrounded by 40 acres of private gardens and forests ...all just a few minutes from the world famous markets of Otavalo. ... more less