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Hostal Refugio Terra Esperanza
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Reviewed 18 June 2013

Staying at the Refugio Terra Esperanza is like staying at the home of a good friend. And once you get to meet Emerson and his mother, you will surely consider them as good friends. There is a really good vibe and character in the cute accomodation. And the location is lovely for hikes amongst farms, fields and hills. Emerson can also organise trips to further off places since La Esperanza is close to quite a few interesting locations by car, but also far away enough for you to really have some peace and quiet if you just want a peaceful walk in the amazing Andes. I look forward to go back for the village feast of La Esperanza!

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 18 April 2013

I really felt at home here. Mother Obando made me think of my grandmother, her soups were delicious! Emerson, the son, gave me hints and drew maps about La Esperanza and the surrounding area. If you have the chance to go to La Esperanza, this in definitely a great place to stay.

Stayed: April 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 22 January 2013

Amazing experience staying here. The rooms were clean, the beds were warm, kitchen was big, the fire-place and a cold beer were just what you need after a long hike and exploring the surrounding areas. Lots of fun activities and really nice hosts. I highly recommend it.

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 25 November 2012

This is more of a character review of the owner, Emerson Obando, than of the property itself. Emerson accompanied me on two adventures -- a hike around the crater lake of Laguna Cuicocha and a visit to the impressive 17th century Hacienda Zuleta -- and proved to be a knowledgeable and considerate guide. Although my birth certificate would classify me as a senior citizen, I have the sense of awe and wonder to appreciate all that nature has to offer in this part of the world. The reason I decided not to actually overnight at the Refugio is the lack of private bath and, more importantly, no wi-fi connection on the property itself, though I believe that Emerson realizes the importance of this and is in the process of obtaining it.
As far as the property goes, it is the epitome of a rustic artisan's lair, with its hand-painted walls and leather goods produced by the owner himself. It has somewhat of a "Wild West" feel to it with an open bar and an open fire place and a very open-minded host.
From what I understand, the area used to be sought out by throngs of hippies in the seventies -- among them such notables as Bob Dylan and Joan Baez -- for a magic mushroom that grows wild in the surrounding hills.

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled solo
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Stayed: June 2017, travelled with family
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Stayed: October 2016, travelled solo
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Reviewed 14 May 2017
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  • Stayed: January 2017, travelled solo
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Additional Information about Hostal Refugio Terra Esperanza

Address: | La Esperanza, Ibarra, Ecuador
Region: Ecuador > Imbabura Province > Ibarra
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 32 Speciality Lodging in Ibarra
Price Range: £11 - £13 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Hostal Refugio Terra Esperanza 2*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This colourful and family environment hostel, Refugio Terra Esperanza, is the one place for travellers who like nature and would like to experiment trekkings in the mountains and countryside, or find out hand-crafted work with leather. Located in the village La Esperanza, the white city of Ibarra is 20 minutes away and Otavalo one hour away from the hostel. The Refuge is situated at the foot of the Imbabura volcano, from which summit you can admire a panoramic view of all the surroundings. The Terra Esperanza Refuge is a pleasant and welcoming rural house, de rustic decoration with colourful mural paintings and leather ornaments from traditional handmade host work.In the lounge, near the fireplace, hosts and guests use to get together for sharing good talk and cultural nights, enjoying traditional dance and typical drink. The Refuge offers free Wi-Fi and a free access television room.A daily continental breakfast with tea or coffee, eggs, natural juice, homemade jam and fresh bread is offered. There are kitchen common facilities. For guests who would like to enjoy a delicious typical food, Maria Ines, hostess of the Refuge, would be delighted to share with them the culinary secrets of the region. Smokers have their area, a patio in the heart of the Refuge, open to everyone who wants to enjoy a sunbathing. BBQ facilities.Leather craftsmen for more than 150 years, Emerson and his mother Maria Ines use to share their ability and know-how with their guests, teaching them how to make belts, shoes and saddles in the workshop located behind the Refuge.The Terra Esperanza Refuge has shared and private rooms. Two dorms, one with 4 beds and the other one with a capacity of 6 people, and two matrimonial rooms, are all with shared bathrooms. Perfect for couples, travelers, or group of friends who would like to enjoy an atypical friendly and relaxed place, beds are comfortable and there is hot water.The hostel provides towels to the guests and a daily continental breakfast with tea or coffee, eggs, natural juice, homemade jam and fresh bread is offered.Laundry and catering services.The Terra Esperanza Refuge is located at the foot of the Imbabura volcano. Emerson, experienced guide, organizes trekking to the top of the volcano (4 630 meters of altitude), and in all the surroundings. Native from La Esperanza village, passionate about trekking, Andean culture and nature, he would bring you to the most remote places, only known by local people, far from mass tourism and traditional touristic tours, to enjoy the peacefulness of the nature, the human warmth of the inhabitants, and the adventure of mountain and countryside trekking,Hosts could choose between various options of trekking, from one to various days, to natural hot springs only visited by the inhabitants, 3 lovely waterfalls where going with a peace of adventure and a lot of happiness, the Cubilche volcanic lagoons (3 700 meters of altitude), or to Otavalo, to go to the handcraft market. ... more   less 
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