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Portland, Oregon
Reviewed 9 February 2017

Stayed here with a friend for two nights and hiked Imbabura one of the days. The owner, Emerson, drew us an easy to follow map to the summit, and arranged for a truck to drive us to the trailhead in the morning. The hike was amazing and I'd highly recommend it! The beds were comfortable, the rooms and common areas...

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Reviewed 31 January 2017 via mobile

This hostel is so vibrant and homie! There is so much art and character in the building. The outdoor and indoor fireplace were great hangout spots to relax or just catch up with friends/other travelers. Being so high in the mountains it gets chilly at night so pack accordingly. The wifi was great and we loved the music in the...

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Reviewed 20 January 2017 via mobile

Had a great stay with a friend at the Refugio. We wanted to climb Imbabura, so were looking for a place to stay in La Esperanza. All our internet research pointed to Casa Aida, but couldn't get in touch with anyone there. We found the Refugio on Hostelworld and booked it, and are very glad we did! This hostel is...

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Reviewed 19 January 2017 via mobile

I spent 2 nights at this place. It was really nice sitting around the fire in the evenings while it was raining outside. Emerson is always around and has the answers of all your questions! Emerson and his mum are very helpful, friendly and always smiling 😊I stay there one day again!

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Taber, Canada
Reviewed 15 January 2017

Great family & staff. Interesting variety of travellers here. The guide service and hiking opportunities were outstanding. The complimentary breakfasts included juice, coffee, and some kind of bread along with whatever "Mama" chose as the daily 'desayunos'. Dinner meals were $3 and were always hearty and tasty meals

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Reviewed 31 December 2016 via mobile

When you walk into Emerson's place - you immediately get a vibe - you're home. We spent two nights hanging out here, which i will look back very fondly upon - even though we didnt do too much! Thanks for the food, the warm beds, the tranquility, the good company, the hike, the wonderous scenery & the advice. Its a...

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Erie, Colorado
Reviewed 23 December 2016

This is a Historical place full of memories and good times, visited by many celebrities in the 70's and 80's. The owner pulled out her picture books and told us many great stories. Her daughter runs the place for her, and it is definitely a must visit for history and adventure buffs. Lunch was great!

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Liverpool
Reviewed 18 December 2016 via mobile

I dont usually leave reviews but this time i think i must. This place is fantastic! I booked for 2 nights so i could hike the volcano and ended up staying 5 nights. Emerson the manager is a tour guide so he helped me to see the volcano and the nearby hot springs too. The place is warm and cozy...

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Ecuador
Reviewed 28 October 2016

This was a quite special hostel in many ways; cool atmosphere with nice artwork, very friendly and helpful hosts of which one (Emerson) is a very knowledgeable mountaineer and guide and who lent us hats and ponchos to visit an indigenous fiesta together. The price included a good breakfast. There was good internet, at least in the common areas.

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Lyon, France
Reviewed 23 August 2016

On the advice of a friend, we went to the Hostal Refugio Terra Esperanza to summit the Imbabura Volcano. We were very well received by the sympathetic owner Emerson (who did not hesitate to take us to a local festival) and his family.The hotel is very well located in a quiet village at the foot of the volcano and has...

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  • Breakfast included
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This colourful and family environment hostel, Refugio Terra Esperanza, is the one place for travellers who like nature and would like to experiment trekkings in the mountains and countryside, or find out hand-crafted work with leather. Located in the village La Esperanza, the white city of Ibarra is 20 minutes away and Otavalo one hour away from the hostel. The Refuge is situated at the foot of the Imbabura volcano, from which summit you can admire a panoramic view of all the surroundings. The Terra Esperanza Refuge is a pleasant and welcoming rural house, de rustic decoration with colourful mural paintings and leather ornaments from traditional handmade host work.In the lounge, near the fireplace, hosts and guests use to get together for sharing good talk and cultural nights, enjoying traditional dance and typical drink. The Refuge offers free Wi-Fi and a free access television room.A daily continental breakfast with tea or coffee, eggs, natural juice, homemade jam and fresh bread is offered. There are kitchen common facilities. For guests who would like to enjoy a delicious typical food, Maria Ines, hostess of the Refuge, would be delighted to share with them the culinary secrets of the region. Smokers have their area, a patio in the heart of the Refuge, open to everyone who wants to enjoy a sunbathing. BBQ facilities.Leather craftsmen for more than 150 years, Emerson and his mother Maria Ines use to share their ability and know-how with their guests, teaching them how to make belts, shoes and saddles in the workshop located behind the Refuge.The Terra Esperanza Refuge has shared and private rooms. Two dorms, one with 4 beds and the other one with a capacity of 6 people, and two matrimonial rooms, are all with shared bathrooms. Perfect for couples, travelers, or group of friends who would like to enjoy an atypical friendly and relaxed place, beds are comfortable and there is hot water.The hostel provides towels to the guests and a daily continental breakfast with tea or coffee, eggs, natural juice, homemade jam and fresh bread is offered.Laundry and catering services.The Terra Esperanza Refuge is located at the foot of the Imbabura volcano. Emerson, experienced guide, organizes trekking to the top of the volcano (4 630 meters of altitude), and in all the surroundings. Native from La Esperanza village, passionate about trekking, Andean culture and nature, he would bring you to the most remote places, only known by local people, far from mass tourism and traditional touristic tours, to enjoy the peacefulness of the nature, the human warmth of the inhabitants, and the adventure of mountain and countryside trekking,Hosts could choose between various options of trekking, from one to various days, to natural hot springs only visited by the inhabitants, 3 lovely waterfalls where going with a peace of adventure and a lot of happiness, the Cubilche volcanic lagoons (3 700 meters of altitude), or to Otavalo, to go to the handcraft market. ... more   less 

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Address: | La Esperanza, Ibarra, Ecuador
Region: Ecuador > Imbabura Province > Ibarra
Price Range: ₹ 982 - ₹ 1,440 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Hostal Refugio Terra Esperanza 2*
Number of rooms: 4
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“rooms are in back, and corner or south seems best”
 of 5 bubbles WJD_CO, 23 Dec 2016 | Read review
“Great place for mountain adventures. Ask Emerson about trekking suitable for you.”
  • Cayambe view from hike
 of 5 bubbles 265estebane, 3 Aug 2016 | Read review
“It´s all good.”
 of 5 bubbles Olivieres, 7 Jul 2015 | Read review
“Nice rooms, peacefull place, good starting point for tracking on Imbabura volcano”
 of 5 bubbles tomazn657, 30 Dec 2014 | Read review
“the room culbiche is confortable and the wall have nice painting.”
 of 5 bubbles guiton14, 3 Dec 2013 | Read review
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