Your Home Away from Home in Cotacachi Ecuador
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- Minimum stay:14 nights
- Property type:House
- Pets considered:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:N/A
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 on-premises security service. It is a short 15 minute walk or a 5-minute, $1.50 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 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 six chairs, and the living room has a third fireplace and a 32-in. flat screen TV connected to Direct-TV.
There is a desk for your computer in the master bedroom as well as desks in the living area and second 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 gas grill and a 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 $60 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.
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Member since: 2007
- 1 story
- 1974 sq. ft.
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Housekeeper Included
- Children Welcome
- Limited Accessibility:
Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6
Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms
- 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
- DVD Player
- Away From It All
- Tourist Attractions
- Health/Beauty Spa
Local Services & Businesses
- Fitness Center
- Massage Therapist
- Medical Services
- Bird Watching
- Eco Tourism
- Horseback Riding
- Scenic Drives
- Sight Seeing
- Wildlife Viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Mountain Biking
- Mountain Climbing
- Rock Climbing
- Whitewater Rafting
- Dining Area
- Seating for 4 people
- Clothes Dryer
- Hair Dryer
- Coffee Maker
- Dishes & Utensils
- Deck / Patio
- Lawn / Garden:
- Outdoor Grill
- Housekeeper Included
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My Standard Rate
14 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
- Refundable Damage Deposit $250
- Taxes Not included
We require a minimum rental of two weeks and a maximum of one month. 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. Your damage deposit will be refunded within 30 days if no damage or excessive utility use is reported and excessive cleaning or maintenance is not required.
Manager's cancellation policy:
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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 16,500 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 South America 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 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 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 baths are at 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. While you're in the Chachimbiro area, try an overnight stay at Hostelería Pantaví for the ultimate relaxing spa and getaway experience. 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.
Year Purchased: 2013
About: We are a retired couple who enjoy traveling and living in a variety of places throughout the world. 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, Ecuador:
The house is located on the edge of the city, just a 10-15 minute 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 security. 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!
- Primary: (612) 750-8387
- Secondary: (612) 718-1855
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Have your morning coffee on the porch and listen to the splash of the fountain.
The view of Mt. Imbabura from your front porch.
Dining table seats 6; and kitchen with breakfast area
Dining area looking toward front door
Master Bedroom features custom-crafted king size bed and love seat
Master bathroom vanity features granite countertop with double sinks
Guest bedroom features two queen beds.
Guest bath vanity and commode.
Both bedrooms have gas heaters as well as a wood-burning fireplace
Patio with gas grill
Saturday market in Otavalo
Peguche Falls, near Otavalo
#33 Casas y Jardines de San Miguel with snow-capped Mt. Cotacachi in background
Open concept living room with dining and kitchen areas
Kitchen with breakfast area, granite countertops and large island for food prep.
Small desk for your computer.
A desk in the master bedroom for your computer or your spouse's.
Walk-in shower and linen cabinet in master bath
Desk in the guest bedroom.
Guest bath has a large soaking tub, shower and linen storage cabinet.
A laundry room is located just off the guest bedroom.
Large fenced back yard with avocado, lemon and lime trees
Laguna Cuicocha from trail that circles the rim of the crater lake.
Arco Iris thermal mineral baths in Chachimbiro.
This listing was first published here in 2013.
Date last modified - Friday, December 02, 2016
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