We stayed for 3 days/2 nights at Intag and had a wonderful time. Oswaldo picked us up from Hacienda Cusin at around 9 am and by 11 we were at Intag. We were lucky enough to be able to stay at the Green House (the owner was out of town). It is a very nice 2 story house next to a small river. (We slept at night with the windows open to listen to the rushing water). Our first afternoon we went with Sandy out to the the Intag Cloud Forest Reserve where, in spite of the pouring rain, we saw the famous cock-of-the-rock. It was very cool. The next day we went on an am and pm hike through the forest, learning about birds and medicinal plants from Oswaldo. He is a wealth of knowledge! We were well fed.........full breakfast,lunch and dinner, with a different menu at each meal. Lupe, Oswaldo's wife, is a great cook. The beauty of the area is simply wonderful and I hightly recommend as a place to get away from it all and enjoy nature.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This cloud forest Lodge is located just 33 miles from the market town of Otavalo along the Toabunchi River in northwestern Ecuador. The brick-and-stucco house and the wooden cabin are 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 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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