We turned up on spec after travelling fro Latacunga. There are a lot of hostals in the village ( or at least a lot of signs. We walked past all of them as most looked a bit grim, until we hit this place which is in a great location right opposite the crater rim. The owners are really nice and the food, cooked by the lady of the house was simple but very good and reasonably price, given the captive audience.
Our room was small and basic but perfectly comfortable and was heated by a wood burning stove. Dinner was in the main room where we were joined by gringos from other hostels and locals from the village who seemed to use this as their local hostelry. Great atmosphere.
When we retired for the night one of the workers came to light our stove. It went out 10 mins later so we asked for him to come and relight it. He was reluctant (in fact he completely ignored my wife) but eventually dragged himself away from the football on the TV and proceeded to relight the stove by throwing in a plastic bottle half full of kerosene!!!! He tossed in some lighted paper and left the room in a hurry closing the door behind him. 5 seconds later there was a whoosh! and the fire was relit. I am not sure my father in law, a retired fire station chief would have approved!
Fire lighting protocols excluded, this is a nice, friendly and WARM place to stay. Be warned , it does get cold and VERY windy here re at 3900m but the location right next to the crater is unbeatable.
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