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Comfort for the Heart, Body and Soul! Relaxation. Andean Culture. Beauty.

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,400 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Free Wifi
  • Parking


About the property

40 private acres just a few miles from the markets of Otavalo

Our Mountain Retreat Rental Homes are one bedroom Guesthouses for 2 persons or two-bedroom Guesthouses for up to four persons. This private 40-acre mountaintop is remote, off the beaten track, yet only 3 miles to the famous markets of Otavalo. The free Wi-Fi connection is excellent! Huge picture windows offer spectacular mountaintop views.

Travelers have rated our Lodge consistently the best of Otavalo on popular review sites and in guide books for over ten years. It is truly a magic mountaintop! It certainly put a spell on us!

After a day of exploring the Otavalo area, you return to your warm, spacious Guesthouse filled with our collection of art and Ecuadorian crafts, surrounding one with color and beauty. The free Wi-Fi connection is excellent! Huge picture windows offer spectacular mountaintop views. An efficient wood stove will keep you warm during the chilly Andean evenings. The kitchen provides all you need to prepare your favorite meals. Guests are welcome to join us when we shop at the food market and the grocery store.

Enjoy spectacular sunrises, interacting with locals, hiking, tranquil walks, and all kinds of gentle animals. We now offer our Guesthouses as Vacation Rentals, providing plenty of space, peace and quiet with all the comforts of home while you explore the Otavalo/Cotacachi area, that’s the magic!

More Details

Property Manager
Frank and Margaret
Member since: 2016
Speaks English, Spanish
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
16 May, 2018

About Frank and Margaret

We fell in love with the Otavalo people and their culture way back in the 70’s when we were starting a small South American export business. It was about 30 years ago that we decided to close up our lives in the US and move here to Otavalo to build a small B & B, which we sold in 2010 to dedicate our efforts to the Mountain Retreat. We live here at the Ali Shungu Mountain Retreat full time, offering travelers beautiful accommodations high on a spectacular mountaintop........just a few miles from Otavalo. We take our business very seriously and are always here to make sure everything is right. We have enjoyed sharing our love for the Andean culture and hosting independent travelers for over twenty-five years.

Frank and Margaret purchased this house in 2002

Why Frank and Margaret chose Otavalo

You'll find yourself int he middle of a rural agricultural indigenous community. We have over 40 acres for our guests to enjoy, located on a private Andean mountaintop! You will enjoy beautiful Sunrises, incredible views and total tranquility only a few miles from markets and surrounding villages of Otavalo.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Otavalo in Distrito Metropolitano de Quito

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1400 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible / Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • rural
  • village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Wood Stove
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , plenty of hot water always!
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Two Ali Shungu Mountain Retreat Guesthouses have one bedroom for up to two persons and two Guesthouses have 2 bedrooms for up to four persons.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • limited accessibility
Onsite Services:
  • Chauffeur
  • Staff
Leisure Activities:
  • eco tourism


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Comfort for the Heart, Body and Soul! Relaxation. Andean Culture. Beauty.
average rating of 5.0 based on 3 reviews
Halifax, Canada

Just a little paradise

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here 4 nights and they were very special moments from the beginning to end. The house was stunning in every way, very large wide open space decorated perfectly with local art. Weather changed hourly which we could watch and enjoy the view of the valley, mountains, cloud formations, sun and stars. The grounds were wonderful and we cannot express how great Frank and Margaret's hospitality is. Frank was a great source of information on the local culture and very knowledgeable on all aspects of the area. We enjoyed our many conversations on various topics. The pictures of this establishment just do not do it justice and we would fully recommend it to one and all. Definitely put it on the bucket list and you won't regret it except that you didn't stay long enough. Thanks so much Frank and Margaret.

  • Review Submitted: 14-Feb-2017
  • Date of Stay: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many, many thanks for the great visit and excellent conversations! Though Halifax is not quite a hop, skip and a jump from Otavalo, we sincerely hope to see you both again some day! We hope that you enjoy the rest of your time in Ecuador.
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Fonthill, Ontario

A magical place!

  • 5 of 5

We can’t add too much to all of the previous reviews; just wanted to share our gratitude for having found this magical place to stay. We had a 2 bedroom for 2 weeks and loved the house, hiking the trail on the property, spending time with Frank (and the dogs, horses, cows, chickens and llama) and exploring Otavalo and the area. Thanks to Frank and Jose Maria for such an amazing stay!

  • Review Submitted: 08-Feb-2018
  • Date of Stay: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Excellent, stunning views, perfect guesthouse!

  • 5 of 5

This property was one of the best vacation rentals my husband and I have ever booked! We were there for one month (March 2016) and are already thinking how we can go back again, it was that wonderful! Each guesthouse is very spacious, clean, and well appointed. It would be an excellent setting for a family or groups of people (our guesthouse had a large table which was open to the living room; great for cooking, games, socializing, etc...). For my husband and I, it was a perfect stay. The guesthouse had everything we needed to settle in, cook, relax, and explore the area around Otavalo. The wood burning fireplace was a welcome comfort at the end of a day of exploring the area. A feature that was started morning and evening (if you wanted) by the wonderful staff at Ali Shungu. The trails on the 40+ acre property itself have stunning views and we walked them daily. The food market, craft market, and animal market in Otavalo are not to be missed. And, if you enjoy hiking, the area around Otavalo; Mojanda, Cuicocha (have the trout at the Mirador Restaurant at the end of the hike), Peguche, Taxopamba, Imbabura, etc... all have excellent day hiking options on well marked trails in beautiful settings. The owners Frank and Margaret were exceedingly helpful and accommodating during our stay. When they stated "ask about anything" they really meant it! They were a pleasure to get to know and talk with. The local people in the small towns of this area were also so warm and friendly. Many afternoons and evenings were enjoyed on the porch of our guesthouse, with a beverage, taking in the sunset. I would highly recommend this property to anyone, it is the perfect place to relax, the location is absolutely stunning, and it is very close to all the attractions of the area.

  • Review Submitted: 31-Mar-2016
  • Date of Stay: March 2016
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Car: not necessary


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £14.94
Additional Guest Fee £8.97 per person per night

Rates are subject to change until traveler has paid in full

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.