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Your Home Away from Home in Cotacachi Ecuador

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#33 Casas de San Miguel with snow-capped Mt. Cotacachi in background

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Last updated: 08/16/2014
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  • Minimum stay:14 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Cotacachi house description

This traditional style adobe home with red tile roof and enclosed backyard is a perfect retreat for one or two couples or a couple with children. From the house, there are incredible views of both the towering peaks of Cotacachi (from the back windows) and Imbabura (from the front windows) The house is located in a gated community of single family homes with 24/7 on-premises security service. It is a short 15 minute walk or a 5-minute, $1 taxi ride from the house to the center of town.

It has 2 large bedrooms, each with its own fireplace and built-in gas heater, and 2 baths, one with tub and shower, the other with a walk-in shower. The master bedroom has a king bed and nightstands. The second bedroom has two queen beds. There is ample built-in storage in both bedrooms.

The open concept living area has a full size kitchen with gas stove, refrigerator and microwave, toaster, blender, mixer and everything you will need to cook a gourmet meal or a quick snack. There is a dining table with four chairs, and the living room has a third fireplace and a 30-in. flat screen TV connected to Direct-TV.

There is a desk for your computer in the master bedroom. High speed Internet service is provided and included in the monthly rent. Off the living area there is an outdoor patio covered with a pergola. On the patio there is a grill and another table with four chairs for al fresco BBQing and dining.

Weekly housekeeping service and every other week gardening service are also included in the rental price and will be managed by our onsite rental manager.

We can arrange a car to pick you up at Mariscal Sucre International airport outside of Quito, and transport you and your luggage right to the front door of this home. This service costs from $55 to $80 depending on the size of vehicle required and the time of your arrival. Our rental manager (who also lives just a few houses away) will meet you at the house or make arrangments for your entry into the home if it is late at night.

We have installed a combination front door latch. With an entry code (provided in your check-in letter) you can enter the house at any time of the day or night without disturbing the neighbors.

Property Type

  • 1 story
  • House
  • 1974 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental

      Meals

          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

          Onsite Services

              • Housekeeper Included

              Suitability

              • Limited Accessibility:

                Aside from a couple of steps up to the front porch, the house is wheechair accessible....moreless

              • Pets Considered:

                Small, non-shedding dogs under 20 pounds will be considered....moreless

              • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

                25 years...moreless

              • Long-Term Renters Welcome
              • Children Welcome
              • Non Smoking Only

              Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6

              • Master Bedroom: 1 king

                ...moreless

              • Guest: 2 queen

                Guest bedroom has two queen beds and three nightstands....moreless

              • Master bedroom has king bed, full-sized desk, built-in wardrobes and under-bed storage for suitcases....moreless

              Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

              • Master bath: toilet, shower

                Lavatory with single bowl and separate linen storage cabinet...moreless

              • Guest bath: toilet, combination tub/shower

                Lavatory w/ single sink and storage cabinet for linens...moreless

              Kitchen & Dining

              • Kitchen:

                Fully equipped kitchen. Pots and pans, baking dishes, serving dishes, and a variety cooking utensils....moreless

              • Dining:

                There is a second table for the patio that has another 4 chairs....moreless

              • Stove:

                4-burner gas with oven...moreless

              • Pantry Items:

                Basic condiments...moreless

              • Dining Area Seats:

                4...moreless

              • Refrigerator
              • Microwave
              • Dishes & Utensils
              • Coffee Maker
              • Toaster
              • Seating for 4 people

              Amenities

              • Fireplace:

                There are 4 fireplaces: one in each bedroom, the living room and the front porch....moreless

              • Heating:

                Gas space heaters are installed in each of the bedrooms....moreless

              • Parking:

                There is a parking pad at the front of the house....moreless

              • Linens Provided
              • Towels Provided
              • Washing Machine
              • Clothes Dryer
              • Living Room
              • Hair Dryer
              • Iron & Board

              Other Amenities

                  • This house in its lovely, quiet location, is close to everything you'll need during your stay in the area. There are many attractions in the area to stimulate your interst and keep you busy. Plus there is the opportunity to explore the culture of the Ecuadorian people. There are also several schools in the area that teach Spanish for those who are interested in acquiring Spanish as a second language or perfecting your existing Spanish skills....moreless

                  Entertainment

                  • Games
                  • DVD Player

                  Communications

                      Outdoor Features

                      • Lawn / Garden:

                        The house has a lovely walled garden in the back. It's perfect place for small children to play or to let out a dog....moreless

                      • Deck / Patio
                      • Outdoor Grill

                      Theme

                      • Family
                      • Tourist Attractions
                      • Adventure
                      • Away From It All
                      • Budget
                      • Historic

                      Location & View

                          • Mountain View:

                            You have wonderful views of two extinct vocanoes, Cotacachi to the west at 16,500 and Imbabura to the east at 15,000....moreless

                          Activities

                          • Churches
                          • Mountain Biking
                          • Whitewater Rafting
                          • Mountaineering
                          • Mountain Climbing
                          • Medical Services
                          • Massage Therapist
                          • Laundromat
                          • Groceries
                          • ATM/Bank
                          • Fitness Center
                          • Hiking
                          • Hospital
                          • Wildlife Viewing
                          • Sight Seeing
                          • Shopping
                          • Walking
                          • Scenic Drives
                          • Eco Tourism
                          • Bird Watching
                          • Museums
                          • Health/Beauty Spa
                          • Restaurants
                          • Horseback Riding
                          • Rock Climbing
                           

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                          14 night min stay

                          $300 $950
                          * Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

                          Additional information about rental rates

                          Fees:

                          • Refundable Damage Deposit $200
                          • Taxes Not included

                          Notes:

                          A 4-digit code will allow entry to the house. The local manager will arrange a tour of how everything in the house works and help you with whatever questions you have about the house and the Cotacachi area during your stay. Our local property manager will also take care of the gas, electric, and water and manage the gardener and maid, both of whom are trustworthy.


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                          Last updated: 08/16/2014
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                          Location

                          75 Miles
                          Nearest Airport
                          Mariscal Sucre International Airport Quito Ecuador
                          5 Miles
                          Nearest Motorway
                          Pan American Highway

                          Car: Not Necessary

                          Must See Destinations Near Cotacachi

                          One of the reasons my husband and I chose Cotacachi for our second home, is that there is so much to see and do in the area. The setting of Cotacachi is amazing. The city lies in a fertile valley between two dormant volcanic peaks that tower over the city: to the east is Imbaburaat more than 15,000 ft and to the west Cotacachi at more than 16,000 ft—absolutely spectacular.

                          For those interested in hiking, bird watching, and the flora and fauna of the region, there is the enormous Cotacachi-Cayapas Ecological Reserve, with an entrance (free admission) located just a 15-kilometer taxi ride west of the city. This reserve extends from the mountains of the Sierra to the western edge of the coastal rain forest in the Esmeraldas region. It contains 752,235 acres of land and a mix of many biological zones, so it is possible to view many different kinds of flora and fauna depending on the altitude.

                          One of the more interesting areas included in the reserve is the Cuicocha Lake. This lake was formed when the caldera of the now dormant Cuicocha volcano filled with water. The islands in the middle of the lake are the remnants of lava domes from its former days of volcanic activity more than 3000 years ago. The lake is crystal clear and more than 600 feet deep. You can take a 4 to 5-hour hike around the rim of the caldera, which offers spectacular views, enhanced by the local flora composed of miniature orchids and other Andean flowers, and the possibility of spotting local animals such as fox, llamas, Andean ducks and even the majestic Condor or the Spectacled Bear. After hiking, you have the optional opportunity to take a short cruise around the islands in the lake.

                          Otavalo, just a short bus ride away from Cotacachi, is a center for traditional weaving and the site of the largest weekly market in Ecuador spreading out for more than 36 blocks around the Plaza de Ponchos. At dawn on any Saturday, you can see indigenous people arriving at the market place from many nearby villages and towns to sell their products. One may also visit the workshops of these local weavers working on back-strap and Spanish treadle looms. One local artist is Jose Cotacachi. Visit his workshop and showroom in the town of Peguche (a $2 taxi ride from Otavalo) for a demonstration of natural dyes and weaving and a display of his tapestries that are for sale. Also in Peguche visit the Peguche Park. Stroll through the towering Eucalyptus forest and enjoy the cascading waterfall in this charming park. Not far from Peguchi and Otavalo is the Condor Park (Parque de Condor) where rescued birds of prey have been rehabilitated and remain on display. Flight demonstrations are given at different times on most days.

                          The Thermal Baths of Chichimburo are another must to experience. They are volcanic in origin, and are some of the most healing waters in Ecuador. The chemical composition is high in iron, copper, iodine and other minerals. The springs can be reached by bus, car or taxi from Cotacachi either by way of Ibarra, a slightly longer route, or through Atuntaqui. Either way, the route takes you through the village of Urcuqui. Our favorite location is Arco Iris where you can sample pools of different temperatures from steaming hot to comfortably warm. In between, take a plunge into the polar pool to really get your circulation going. Usually a cab will charge about $30 -$40 for the round trip from Cotacachi to Chachimbiro and a 2-3 hour stay at the hot springs. From Cotacachi, a van now takes groups every Thursday morning departing the Solid Rock Restaurant on Leather Street near the market at 8 a.m. sharp.

                          While you're in the area, try an overnight stay at Hostelería Pantaví for the ultimate relaxing spa and getaway experience. Just follow this link for pictures and more information. The owner is an artist and has decorated every square inch of this spectacular environment with his paintings and sculpture. The gardens are a delight, and the restaurant offers delicious meals for a reasonable price.

                           

                          Manager info

                          Year Purchased: 2013

                          About: We are a recently retired couple who enjoy traveling and living in a variety of places. Ecuador had intrigued us for some time, so we decided to come for a visit. We loved Cotacachi immediately--and ended up buying this lovely house.

                          Why Cotacachi:
                          The house is located on the edge of the city, just a 10-15 minite walk to the center of town or the bus station. The location is quiet and serene with outstanding views of the surrounding mountains. It is also located in a gated community with 24-7 security service. Great neighbors, both Ecuadorian and North American, complete the package.

                          The Unique Benefits at this House:
                          All the comforts of home, but you don't need a car!


                          Contact us

                          Speaks: english, spanish

                           

                          Photos

                          • #33 Casas de San Miguel with snow-capped Mt. Cotacachi in background

                            #33 Casas de San Miguel with snow-capped Mt. Cotacachi in background

                          • The view of Mt. Imbabura from your front porch.

                            The view of Mt. Imbabura from your front porch.

                          • Enjoy a fire in the wood burning fireplace or your favorite TV shows.

                            Enjoy a fire in the wood burning fireplace or your favorite TV shows.

                          • Looking from the kitchen toward the front door.

                            Looking from the kitchen toward the front door.

                          • Both bedrooms have a woodburning fireplace and built-in gas heaters (not shown).

                            Both bedrooms have a woodburning fireplace and built-in gas heaters (not shown).

                          • Master bath vanity and commode.

                            Master bath vanity and commode.

                          • There are two queen beds in the guest bedroom.

                            There are two queen beds in the guest bedroom.

                          • There are wall-mounted gas heaters in each of the bedrooms.

                            There are wall-mounted gas heaters in each of the bedrooms.

                          • Guest bath has a large soaking tub, shower and linen storage cabinet.

                            Guest bath has a large soaking tub, shower and linen storage cabinet.

                          • The backyard is completely walled in--perfect for a small dog.

                            The backyard is completely walled in--perfect for a small dog.

                          • Saturday market in Otavalo

                            Saturday market in Otavalo

                          • Peguche Falls, near Cotacachi

                            Peguche Falls, near Cotacachi

                          • Have your morning coffee on the porch and listen to the splash of the fountain.

                            Have your morning coffee on the porch and listen to the splash of the fountain.

                          • The open concept living room, dining area and kitchen

                            The open concept living room, dining area and kitchen

                          • The kitchen is fully equipped with both large and small appliances and utensils.

                            The kitchen is fully equipped with both large and small appliances and utensils.

                          • The spacious master bedroom has a king bed and a desk for your laptop.

                            The spacious master bedroom has a king bed and a desk for your laptop.

                          • There is ample built-in storage, and suitcases will slide under the bed.

                            There is ample built-in storage, and suitcases will slide under the bed.

                          • Master bath has a walk-in shower and linen storage cabinet.

                            Master bath has a walk-in shower and linen storage cabinet.

                          • The large guest bedroom also has a fireplace.

                            The large guest bedroom also has a fireplace.

                          • Guest bath vanity and commode.

                            Guest bath vanity and commode.

                          • A laundry room is located just off the guest bedroom.

                            A laundry room is located just off the guest bedroom.

                          • The back patio has a gas grill and table and chairs for al fresco dining.

                            The back patio has a gas grill and table and chairs for al fresco dining.

                          • Laguna Cuicocha from trail that circles the rim of the crater lake.

                            Laguna Cuicocha from trail that circles the rim of the crater lake.

                          • Arco Iris thermal mineral baths.

                            Arco Iris thermal mineral baths.

                          VRBO #459506

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                          This listing was first published here in 2013.

                          Date last modified - Wednesday, July 02, 2014

                          $300 per week (USD)
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                          2 Bedroom / 2 Bathroom
                          Sleeps 6

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