I visited El Refugio for five days in March 2013 with two others in my party, and stayed in the newly constructed Garden House. It was an amazing visit, and I highly recommend El Refugio to anyone looking for time off the beaten path and a chance to explore the amazing natural beauty of Intag. El Refugio provides first-rate creature... More
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This cloud forest Lodge is located along the Toabunchi River in northwestern Ecuador, just 33 miles from the market town of Otavalo. The brick-and-stucco house is surrounded by gardens that attract the 200-plus species of birds from the retreat's 60 acres of forest. The often snow-capped 17,000’ Cotacachi mountain is in view. Mild temperatures are the norm: an average of 75 to 80 F. Guests can hike along the river or up the mountain to view birds and orchids and other strikingly beautiful wildflowers. The area is free of tropical diseases. Meals are available from the resident caretakers who are also the cook and guide. A thirty-minute drive takes you to the small town of Apuela, with stores, a health clinic and the Coffee Cooperative of ACRI, to witness the way the coffee process works--from farm to roasted beans. Not far away are the hot baths of Nangulvi. These natural hot springs are set in a deep valley, the mountains rising straight from the valley floor. The best part of El Refugio is the closeness to nature it provides. The refuge is well off the main road, so the sounds you hear are the birds and the river, and the clouds that frequently cloak the forested mountains make for a dramatic setting. ... more less
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