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"La Casa de Curia is the absolute perfect homebase for exploring a bit of Ecuador's Ruta del Spondylus. The house is very comfortable and was ideal for our group of 5 (although it could easily accommodate more). It's location high on a hill allows you to take advantage of the refreshing ocean breezes, while being close enough to the beach to hear the crashing waves. And with access to a private and nearly deserted beach just a short walk down the hill, you might not want to leave the property at all.
Once you do get motivated to leave, there is much to do and see within a short drive. Montañita's party scene - if that's your thing - is an easy (and cheap) cab ride away. Personally, we preferred the more peaceful vibe on the beach in Olón, where a row of beachfront restaurants serve up delicious fresh seafood and cold beers at unbelievably affordable prices. Don't miss the ceviche de ostra sold from the little cart - it seriously doesn't get any fresher. One of the highlights of the trip was watching local fisherman pull up their catch on the beach while the enormous frigates and pelicans swooped and dove to get their fill of fish. Amazing!
But much more amazing than the house and it's incredible location are the people you will meet at Casa de Curia. Don Julio was incredibly helpful to us and I am so glad to have met him. He truly went above and beyond for us, especially when my daughter had a little surfing accident and split her lip. I was so worried that she might need stitches, but Don Julio knew just who to call (it seems he knows everyone and everyone knows him) and she got treatment within half an hour. I cannot thank him enough for his kindness.
I would simply add that you can book this house with confidence, knowing that you will be in excellent hands during your stay. We will definitely be back. Thank you Bernardo and Don Julio."
Guest: AnonymousDate of Stay: February 2015Review Submitted: March 5, 2015
"My wife and I and our boys, 12 and 10, recently stayed at 4 Volcanoes for 4 nights before traveling to the Galapagoes. Thomas personally picked us up in Quito and brought us to the villa. While there he arranged drivers for our day trips and also for our return tip to the Quito airport. Thomas and his wife and boys were the perfect family hosts and our kids totally loved meeting some new friends to play with on the beautiful grounds of this magnificant property. As wonderful as the photos depict this place, they still cannot totally capture the wonder of the view to the lake and the surrounding mountains. We built nice fires in the cool evenings and one night Thomas arranged for a local Ecuadorian expert to provide us massages by the fire. The house is simply stunning- inside and out! We cannot wait to return. Thanks Thomas and Cristina and the boys!"
Guest: Jeff Date of Stay: March 2015Review Submitted: March 25, 2015