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.
- Also Known As:
- Tambopaxi Hotel Cotopaxi Province
- Tambopaxi Ecuador/Cotopaxi