La Casa Sol is a small lodge with friendly local staff just 3kms north of Otavalo, where you'll have lovely views of the valley and Andean mountains. You're welcome to take life easy and soak up the relaxed atmosphere of the lodge and its gardens, and you can also visit Otavalo and observe the markets and festivals.
With just 8 rooms and 2 suites, la Casa Sol has an intimate feel. Each room has an ensuite bathroom with hot and cold running water, an open fire for cool evenings and a balcony where you can relax in peace. They are decorated in warm colours and feature bright local textiles.
The dining room serves tasty local food. It has an outdoor terrace for al fresco dining. On cooler days you'll be indoors and can enjoy the heat of the fire. If you want a quiet day at the lodge you can browse through a book in the reading room, enjoy a game of cards or catch up with news and sporting events on the TV. There is a shop which sells locally made arts and handicrafts. These make wonderful souvenirs and gifts and sales help support local families.
When you want to get out and about, the lodge has mountain bikes which you can use to explore the local area. Staff can arrange cultural visits to local towns and villages. This is a good area to explore on foot, too, with many enjoyable walks in the neighbourhood.
Open: La Casa Sol is open all year.
Location: La Casa Sol is in the village of Peguche, 3kms north of Otavalo in the highlands of northern Ecuador. It is within the Cascada de Peguche Protected Forest. It is about a 2 hour drive from Quito.
Rooms: There are 8 rooms and 2 suites, all with ensuite bathrooms with 24 hour hot and cold running water. They have open fireplaces, where fires can be lit on cool days. Each room has a balcony and access to the gardens. They are simply but attractively furnished and feature local textiles and decoration.
Activities: You can visit Otavalo, which has a famous market every Saturday. There are also villages to be explored, including Peguche. The lodge has mountain bikes for independent exploration. This is also a good area for walking. Lodge staff are happy to help planning excursions and activities.
Facilities: There is a dining room with a large terrace. Food is authentic Andean cuisine. The lodge has pretty gardens with fruit trees and flowers and a stream flowing through. There is a bar, reading area and a games room with a television. There are wonderful views of the Otavalo valley. The gift shop sells a range of locally-made handicrafts including jewellery. There is a laundry service and limited room service.
Dining: Meals are taken at individual tables in the dining room and on the terrace.
Children: Children of all ages are welcome.
Health: La Casa Sol is not in a malarial area.
Communication:There is internet access.