The SpaceWe have two rooms available. One second floor room and another on the third. 20 minutes drive from the Mariscal International Airport in the beautiful and religiously important town of El Quinche.
Your host is Patricia and we would like to welcome you to our house where I live with my teenage daughter. My parents live in an adjacent house on our property. I speak only little English but promise to make your stay as comfortable as possible.
The rooms are newly furnished and cosy. Adjacent to the second floor room is the guests bathroom.
A full breakfast is included and will be served on the patio with magnificent views of the town of El Quinche, Quito to the South East and the impressive Cotapaxi volcano to the south. For an extra fee we can organise typical Ecuadorian home cooking for either lunch or dinner. Come and watch how we make the traditional empanadas in our outside wood fire oven.
In our property there are gorgeous gardens that attract the beautiful hummingbirds. At the back of the property we have a corn field and some trees with the exotic fruit of Ecuador..
Complimentary, we offer transfers to and from the airport. Also complimentary is a 2 hour tour of the town, our wonderful church and vibrant fruit and vegetable market, and the surrounding mountains.
For a fee we can organise various trips of your choosing. Some of the amazing attractions within 90 minutes drive from us are the volcanoes of Antisana and Cayambe, the hot springs in the indigenous town of Oyacachi and the hot springs of Papallacta, the indigenous and colourful town of Otavalo and the bird of prey park called Condor Park.
Now a bit about our town. El Quinche although little known from outside of the country has very important religious and spiritual importance to the mostly Catholic population of Ecuador. Every year on the 21st of November, Ecuadorians celebrate the pilgrimage to El Quinche by walking to the town from every corner of the country. They do this in honour of the miracle of the Virgin Mary, relating to an event that occurred 400 years ago where the Virgin Mary appeared to the shepherds. People come from near and far to pray to La Virgen de El Quinche. There is attached to the church an art museum where art pieces depicting the history of the town and the miracles attributed it are shown. Guest AccessGuests have full access to the home kitchen.
WIFI will be accessible for you as well.
You are welcome to relax in our living room.
Interaction with GuestsWe are happy to engage in a chat and to familiarise you with the town. We can also organise for you if you like trips to special locations within 90 minutes of us.
We are also very mindful if you also need your own space. The NeighborhoodThe town is traditional with the main roads being ashphalt but most of the centre are cobblestones streets. The heartbeat of the town is concentrated around the church and the central park area. Here you can find many local crafts and food vendors with traditional Ecuadorian food. Some favourites is the traditional candy called "melcocha" which is made from sugar cane and rolled out and prepared before you. Sugar cane juice is another. Many of the vendors are the indigenous Otavalans with there colourful costumes. The market place, open 7 days a week is also very lively and a good way to get a true sense and feel for the local people.
The surrounding area is full of magnificent views of the Andes valley and towering volcanoes. Very rich in agriculture, the main being flower plantations. Getting AroundFive minute walk to the main road where you can take a bus (about 1 dollar) or taxi(20-30 dollars) to the capital , Quito. Quito is approximately 45 minutes from El Quinche.