‘I came here
to write a fairy tale
so imagine my surprise when
I found myself in such a story
complete with stone towers,
and guinea-pig sandwiches.
Who knew that
running a hotel
was a high art?
Barbara Ensor, author.
Mountainside Las Palmeras Inn. Ideal for a post-Otavalo market lunch. Once, a 150 year-old hacienda, tucked in a mountainside valley, has towering palm trees, garden cottages and dining rooms with roaring log–fires. Thick adobe walls preserve the day’s warmth for the cool mountain nights made warm by roaring eucalyptus log–fires. Guest rooms with private bathroom, log-fire, hot-water bottle, wi-fi access, games-room, extensive gardens, patios, salas with log-fires, waiter-served breakfast.
Single, $60. Double, $75. Triple, $85.
Casa Arayan. FP, King, mountain views, wine, roses, $85 .
Family Suite, Casa Acacia: FP, King & 2 twins, $150.
Family Suite, Casa Cayambe: Queen, 2 twins, $95.
El Refugio cloud forest lodge, At 6,000′, 90 minutes from Hacienda Cusin. Prolific flora and fauna, extensive, forested mountain land through which Toabunchi River passes. At 6,000 feet, spring-like weather, cool in the evening, 22+’C daytime. Per person per day, $42. Lunch, $8. Dinner, $8. Plus taxes. One-way transfer, Cusin-El Refugio, $45.