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“Just like home”
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Posada De Tigua
Ranked #1 of 1 Tigua B&B and Inns
Gex
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“Just like home”
Reviewed 26 May 2013

Don't expect a five star resort, you would be disappointed! Expect better. Expect to feel like at home. The owners Marco and Margarita (and their two dogs) are most friendly, the posada is really nice and dinner was excellent. We have fond memories in particular of the chocolate dessert made by Margarita. Marco told us many fascinating stories about his youth and his famous family. The rooms are simple but pleasant. One big regret: staying there for only one night!

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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with family
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Quito, Ecuador
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Reviewed 22 May 2013

For about 4 times, I stayed in this posada and I keep coming back. It's such a lovely posada with a working form, located in the valley between the beautiful andes mountains. The owners are so friendly, every time I stayed there.

A perfect place to hike around, enjoy the working farm or just relax.

All the food they serve is freshly made and most of it comes straight from their own farm. You can't get it more organic.

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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with friends
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Vancouver
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Reviewed 16 May 2013

We 4 were the only guests on the night of our visit. The house is 130 years old. Rooms are rustic, but comfortable, heated by a wood stove. The ranch manager showed us around, Spanish necessary to get the most out of his explanations.
Dinner (included) was good, but not spectacular. Be sure to try the guava (maracuyo) tea.
Plan to entertain yourselves, since there is little to do.
The owners speak some English, well worth trying your Spanish to get them started.
Breakfast was excellent, all home-made.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Quito, Ecuador
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Reviewed 27 April 2013

The owners of the Posada de Tigua, Marco and Margarita, have converted the hacienda, which dates from the 1890s, into a guesthouse and it offers a wonderful rustic experience with more than a touch of the Wild West. Inside the front door chaps and striped ponchos hang from a coatrack and wood burning stoves provide warmth. Walls are a meter thick and accommodation is simple but comfortable, though it got chilly at night. We spent a wonderful day watching the cows being milked by a local indigenous family, riding a llama, and simply enjoying the ambience.

The water is supplied from a nearby spring, and can be drunk without the need for purification we were told (although I had a funny tummy the day after my stay). All of the dairy products used in the kitchen – milk, yogurt, cheese and dulce de leche (caramel sauce) – are produced on the farm, as well as the veggies. A unforgetable place.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with friends
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Seattle, Washington
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Reviewed 19 April 2013 via mobile

Updated contact info:
posadadetigua@yahoo.com
(03)3 056103

First the good: Mario and Margarita were wonderfully welcoming and accommodating hosts. They were incredibly friendly and helpful to my husband, my seven-year old, and me. The food was amazing-especially because they were able to so artfully work within our gluten-free needs. The soups, desserts, and before dinner drinks were delightful and the bread they made from yucca was really above and beyond. The farm was beautiful and we city folks had so many engaging encounters with sweet calves licking our fingers, milking the cows, riding a llama, and the two dogs became my daughter's best friends. Margarita helped arrange a driver who chatted with my husband animatedly in Spanish and picked up (with our permission) several locals with whom we enjoyed a few miles.

Then the other: I won't call this bad, it is just some cultural difference or reality that should be understood before going. It was a real adventure to find the Posada after dark. Our taxi driver didn't have knowledge of the area and some roads were out so we were feeling our way to Tigua in the dark. We chose to see it as an adventure, but we had to be very careful about keeping our eye on the road at key moments to find the sign and then the Posada. We stopped many, many times to ask directions. The innkeepers were lovely, but didn't always have a good sense of what travelers needed. They didn't have any maps of the area available for our day trips. It was crazy difficult to make a reservation because the contact information we found on the internet for email and phone was incorrect. I put the correct information above. Finally, I am wrestling with the fact that there was a very poor family working on their farm. The children worked hard milking the cows and herding animals. I know it is a cultural difference, but it felt somewhat exploitive to my US mindset. I don't know for sure, but I think they go to school in the mornings and hope they are better fed than they are clothed.

Stayed April 2013, travelled with family
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Carlisle, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 6 April 2013

Our family of 5 stayed at the Posada in late March. The Posada is a working dairy farm located in a beautiful, rural location, about 15 miles from Quilotoa. We had nice evening and morning walks, accompanied by the two friendly farm dogs, and we could see the rim of Quilotoa in the distance. Dinner and breakfasts were delicious, prepared mostly with dairy products and meats from the farm. The hosts, Marco and Margarita, were very friendly, and available to answer questions about the farm and the region (if you speak Spanish). It is a farm, so be prepared to wake up early to roosters crowing and geese honking. The Posada is old and quaint. The Saturday market in the neighboring village of Zumbahua was a highlight of the trip. I highly recommend the Posada de Tigua, but not for those seeking luxury or modern conveniences.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with family
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Pennsylvania
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 March 2013

What a great adventure for us to stay on a working farm in the Andes Mountains! After a day of hairpin mountain driving and traveling around the beautiful Quilotoa Loop we stayed at the Posada de Tigua. We arrived around dusk, which was a good thing, because I would not recommend driving there at night. The house is 129 years old and is accordingly charmingly rustic in nature. This is a working farm, so don't expect a luxury hotel. We were in the main house. The rooms were fine and very quiet even in the morning, when I was expecting to be awakened by bustling farm activities and animal sounds. There are plenty of blankets so we were not cold.

The meals are served in the main dining room of the house and when it comes to mealtimes, the host and hostess don't seem at all like farm owners then. They magically appear as fine restauranteurs and serve beautiful and delicious meals. Three of us were vegetarians and that was no problem. The other family that was staying there had one individual with food allergies and the hosts were more than accommodating. It is hard to believe that after running a farm all day, the hosts could delight guests with such amazing meals. (Of course, they have help, but still...) All the foods were so fresh and delicious, especially the dairy foods of course and the quinoa soup.

Not much English spoken here, but that wasn't a problem. It was rather challenging to make the reservation because of lack of internet service, but we did hear back in a few weeks and it worked out fine.

It was definitely a cultural adventure for a US suburban family. Wish we could have stayed longer.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with family
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Property: Posada De Tigua
Address: Quito y Julio Hidalgo El Remanso C1, Tigua 050103, Ecuador
Region: Ecuador > Cotopaxi Province > Tigua
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Free Parking Restaurant Room Service
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Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Tigua
Number of rooms: 8
Also Known As:
Posada De Tigua Hotel Tigua

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