The Quilotoa Loop hotels and hostels
La Quinta Sumaló
Hostel Llullu Llama
Llullu Llama is an enchanting, old farmhouse with meter-thick adobe walls, colorful and comfortable rooms and a wood-burning stove. Breakfasts and dinners are available (including veggie options) for $3.50 to $6 per meal.
North of the cemetery, on Calle Chimborazo, the new Hostería Gilocarmelo has nice rooms around a garden with hummingbird feeders, a common room with a fireplace, sauna and fresh-trout dinners.
Restaurant Y Hotel La Posada
Restaurant y Hotel La Posada has private bathrooms and small but respectable rooms, plus a good restaurant downstairs (almuerzos $2; 6am to 9pm).
Hostal Cloud Forest
The least expensive and simplest of Chugchilán’s accommodations has wood-accented rooms, clean bathrooms and hot water. The nice Ecuadorian owners serve tasty meals, and guests can chill out in the fireplace-heated common area.
Condor Matzi is in an old building with a wooden balcony that makes for great people-watching. It’s a simple place but has handsome woodwork and Tigua paintings that give it a cheerful feel.
Hostal San Miguel
The new Hostal San Miguel has clean, tile-floor rooms and hot showers.
Hostal Mama Hilda
Mama Hilda is a real lady and she runs a tight but attractive and cozy ship right on the edge of ‘downtown’ Chugchilán. The brick-wall rooms have lofts, porches with hammocks and spotless bathrooms with hot water.
Black Sheep Inn
Honored time and again by international travel magazines and organizations for its sustainable-tourism practices, the Black Sheep Inn is one of Ecuador’s most successful ecotourism projects.
Hotel Quilotoa, directly across the market plaza from Condor Matzi, is a modernish but simple and clean place run by a friendly Quichua woman.
Hotel San Carlos
Hotel San Carlos is a humble place on the main plaza that fills up quickly on Wednesday night.
Princesa Toa is a community-run place, located across from the lake-viewing area. It also has a restaurant serving chicken-and-potato almuerzos ($2.50).
Hostal Cabañas Quilotoa
Hostal Cabañas Quilotoa, located about 200m toward the lake from the entrance to Quilotoa, is operated by the renowned and affable Tigua artist Humberto Latacunga.
Posada De Tigua
Posada de Tigua is part of a working dairy ranch. The farmhouse dates to the 1890s and is now a rustic and delightfully cozy inn.