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“Awesome location, Adequate Accommodations, Acceptable Food, Bring Water”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Tambopaxi

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Tambopaxi
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“Awesome location, Adequate Accommodations, Acceptable Food, Bring Water”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 2010

The location is breathtaking at the foothills of Cotopaxi, and its several buildings are the only ones within sight for many miles. We stayed in the group guest rooms which was OK since we were traveling with a group, but which would have been uncomfortable if we had to mix with other groups as the beds are adjacent and touching - THERE IS NO SPACE AT ALL BETWEEN BEDS, SO YOU WOULD ESSENTIALLY BE SHARING A BED WITH A STRANGER A-LA MOBY DICK.

The food was pretty good at first, but got boring by the second day. The soups were delicious and hot, but the meat (pork, chicken, fish, or beef) was incredibly salty. Though they tried to mix the entrees up a bit, everything seemed to taste about the same. Food was by far our biggest expense here as we ate all three meals in the lodge - there is nowhere else to eat.

The thing that irked me the most, however, was that they charged $1.25 for small bottles of water, and did not stock the larger bottles. In the city those same bottles sell for $0.30 and the large ones for $0.80 or so. At such high altitude one needs to drink much more water than at sea level to stay hydrated, and it is much more important to stay hydrated to prevent altitude sickness. Had we know that they would be gouging for water we would have brought many gallons of water. As it was, we spent almost as much on water as we did on the rooms.

A friend and I took advantage of the horse back rides offered, and asked to ride out to some inca ruins. The ride was awesome, even if the ruins were really not "tourist grade." The horses were mild mannered, the pack of dogs that traveled with us ushered curious cattle out of the way, and our young guide was as nice as could be. The total cost with tip for the 3+ hour trip out and back was $60. We felt that this was the best value of our stay there.

  • Stayed August 2010
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 15, 2009

Very few people know about this place, and it is better that way. It has limited sleeping (may be 25 beds), it is the most incredible refuge I ever been to.
A mix a luxury and wilderness. Staff is incredibly nice and helpful.
A starting point (at 3700m) for nice hikes. if you are acclimated, you can get to another refuge at 4800m (4 hours.)

  • Stayed August 2007, traveled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 9, 2007

A lovely hostel with a perfect location in Cotopaxi National Park. Clean and airy, with an alpine feel to it. Great food and views of Cotopaxi from big picture windows. We only had lunch there, but I would gladly return to stay overnight in the dorm rooms upstairs. The beds looked inviting, and the rooms had 6 to 8 beds each, with lockable doors. Simple but nice. They advertise ecological practices and are trying to show that eco-awareness can serve visitors. Also has camping sites.

  • Liked — Great food, great views
  • Stayed May 2007, traveled with friends
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 15, 2007

we found it by accident but were so impressed we booked for a couple of nights on the spot. the food is way above the usual standards the view at night was exceptional we had a visiting heard of llamas and alpacas at the windows of the restaurant at night they are attracted by the light. the accomodation is hostel style but we had a room of our own as it was empty. the electrics go off at night to save he generator energy as its all eco friendly so take a torch to use the bathroom. there is loads of hot water and showers but they are on the ground floor so take a wrap too and dont plug in a hair dryer as it shorts the system and fuses take for ever to fix. the road is a rough one so you need 4x4 and high clearance as you cross a couple of small streams. but its worth is we saw more stars there than anywhere and we had a lightning storm which lights up the mountain cant wait to go back.

  • Liked — the views, plenty hot water showers and the food
  • Disliked — the electricity goes off and the showers are onm the ground floor and its hostil so shared roms
  • Stayed May 2006, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Tambopaxi

Property: Tambopaxi
Address: Parque Nacional Cotopaxi, Ecuador
Location: Ecuador > Cotopaxi Province
Hotel Style:
Ranked #11 of 32 Specialty Lodging in Cotopaxi Province
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 20
Also Known As:
Tambopaxi Hotel Cotopaxi Province
Tambopaxi Ecuador/Cotopaxi

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