Chilcabamba Lodge

Cotopaxi, Central Highlands, Ecuador

At a Glance

  • Cosy, rustic lodge on the edge of Cotopaxi National Park, with incredible surrounding views of the towering volcanic peaks

  • Perfect for lovers of the outdoors with plentiful hiking, biking and horse-riding activities available

  • Hearty, family style dining where travellers swap stories about their adventures in the National Park

  • Settle down for a comfortable nights’ sleep in simple rooms with log burning fires, thick blankets and homely touches

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All year round destination. Due to its position on the equator and its altitude, the temperature in the Ecuadorian highlands varies greatly between night and day. Daytime temperatures average 23-25ºC, while at night temperatures drop to around 10ºC. In general, days are clear in the morning and cloud over in the afternoon, with rain common in the afternoon. The drier season runs from the end of May to the end September, with another brief summertime in early December (which coincides nicely with the city’s fiestas).

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Insider's View

After a long day exploring Cotopaxi, relax and enjoy Alvaro's unique tasting menu, displaying some of Ecuador's finest food with a twist in the cosy surroundings of the lodge.

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Chilcabamba Ecolodge is a simple yet charming lodge, nestled on the edge of Cotopaxi National Park. Surrounded by volcanoes, it is the perfect place for those who love the great outdoors and want to experience a traditional slice of Ecuador.

Built from local and recycled materials, with thick adobe walls and thatched roofs, Chilcabamba Eco lodge is traditional and charming. A stay here is basic, rooms are very simple and the facilities are rustic, but the views of Cotopaxi Volcano looming over the lodge cannot be beaten. Each of the 10 simple en-suite rooms are rustic, warm and come equipped with wood burning stoves and thick blankets.

This is a place for those who love the great outdoors and want to be active, with opportunities to explore the surrounding area on foot, bike or horse. Explore waterfalls, horse-ride with a local chagra (Ecuador cowboy) and mix with local communities, where you can learn to farm and understand the local way of life. With its warm hospitality and attentive-friendly service, Chilcabamba Eco lodge serves as the perfect home-from-home after a days' exploring. Guests eat together in the cosy restaurant, where hearty dishes are served and everyone swaps stories about the days adventures experienced.

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Holiday Ideas

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    from £6600 pp inc flights & transfers for 14 nights

    • This all-encompassing itinerary really gets under the skin of mainland Ecuador’s staggering geographical diversity and is packed full to the brim with the country's best experiences and most spectacular sights.
    • Explore the majestic and colonially influenced cities of Quito and Cuenca, UNESCO World Heritage sites where the cobbled streets and architecture hark back to a rich historical and cultural past.
    • Get a real sense of remoteness as you paddle along winding rivers and watch the sunrise over the jungle canopy in the Amazonian rainforest, keeping your eyes peeled for monkeys swinging through the trees and colourful birds flying overhead.

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Cotopaxi, Central Highlands, Ecuador

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