We stayed at this small hostal/b&b for 2 nights following our Celebrity Galapagos cruise. Our room was in the yellow building, upstairs, with a king bed and private bath-there also was an adjoining room which was blocked off for our stay but could be used by a family. Susan and Luiz are extremely nice hosts. Our room was spacious and quiet and overlooked the interior courtyard. Breakfeast was included in the rate and other meals are well prepared, inexpensive, and well attended by locals, guests, and other tourists, which demonstrated the quality and the reputation of the cooking. The small b&b was quiet and clean. Personal items can be stored with the owners as there is no room safe. Internet is available in nearby cafes in this small 5 block town, pop. 2500. A small butterfly museum is about a 30 minute fairly level walk from the hostal, and the waterfalls approaches and canopy rides are within 45-minute+ uphill hikes. If it has rained the day before, the hike to the waterfalls can be slippery and treacherous and probably should be avoided. Susan arranged for a birding guide for the morning who was excellent-hernann, brother of marcela, and we also attempted to hike to the falls but averted the hike on the private falls path because of wet conditions. You should arrange for a taxi from the Ofelia bus terminal in the northern part of your city and purchase tickets for the return trip to quito at the small bus ticket office on arrival as the bus is small and may be fully occupied. Unlike some buses in Mexico and elsewhere in Latin America.,the bus is comfortable but not delux-no toilets (tho you can request a stop for a bano en route-and no tv, but reclining seats. Sitting on the right to Mindo is most scenic and the opposite on return. Other restaurants for dinner without problems include Kissima and El Chef. Bus tickets can be purchsed thru a local Quito travell agency like Andesconexion for a $10 service fee, far less than the round trip taxi fare to Ofelia which is a bit dodgy, large, and can be confusing-and watch your bags and keep them close at all times. Have your Quito hotel confirm the bus schedule for your travel day, notwithstanding your tickets and arrive at least 20 minutes early for your seats on the bus. I have photos if you want them tho rooms are as shown on the website.
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