Chilcabamba Lodge, Cotopaxi National Park
Excellent standards without the big price tag
Our rating: Premium | Property style: Lodge
An absolutely charming Andean lodge surrounded by Ecuadorian páramo around six kilometres outside the Cotopaxi National Park, a stay at the authentically warm and inviting Chilcabamba Lodge is worth it for anyone wanting to explore the area. The rustic lodging features all the creature comforts you could need at 3,480 metres above sea level including cosy, heated rooms and homely restaurant serving hearty meals. Birdwatching, mountain biking and horse-riding excursions can be organised whilst here as well as trails starting within proximity to the lodge against a backdrop of snow-covered volcanic peaks. The style of the property draws on colonial aspects of tiled flooring and wood-beamed ceilings but is also distinctly Andean with thatched rooves and quaint furniture mixing local charm with contemporary style and exposed brick.
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