La Posada Del Quinde Otavalo

July 24, 2015

When you roll into Otavalo it’s difficult to assess whether or not it’s a beautiful town. The time of the year we came was dry, warm, and dusty. We rolled in by bus from Colombia and then took a short taxi to La Posada Del Quinde which again from the outside we were unsure about. We we came in we immediately understood why the hotel itself and the restaurant, Cafe Pachamama, were both on #1 on Tripadvisor’s ranking. Almost immediately we were pulled out very warm hotel lobby and out into a gorgeous garden where beautiful little hummingbirds buzzed through various flora. The birds are no coincidence, the garden’s well kept and the name of the hotel, Quinde is Quiche for hummingbird. Welcome to La Posada Del Quinde Otavalo!



These same birds were the start of our day as we would have breakfast in the restaurant and then go outside to bask in the sun sipping on our morning coffee. Suzy the hotel manager was incredibly efficient and hospitable throughout our entire stay. The staff were all lovely and after hearing Maggie, the owner, tell us about her experience in Ecuador and her taking over the property 5 years ago it’s no wonder it’s success. In a country that pays a minimum monthly wage of $350 and iffy business practices Maggie’s been wonderful treating her staff like family. While the restaurant may seem a bit more expensive than your typical Ecuadorian standard you’ll be happy to know all veggies are organic. The common area aside from the spacious garden is the fireside living room. There are couches for lounging, board games, and travel books about Ecuador.
The rooms were spacious and the beds super comfortable. Don’t be fooled when a hotel in Latin America advertises a matrimonial bed, these are quite deceiving and don’t leave much space past two people. Quite a different story for us at Quinde especially considering we spent our 365th travel date here. We had just finished a long trip of a 12 hour and then a 4 hour bus ride over todays. The hotel provided some much needed rest. They even had ear plugs though I can’t imagine ever having to use them at the hotel. The temperature dips considering the 2600 meter altitude that Otavalo is in. However, the shower is steaming hot and each room has a heater to keep you nice and toast until you wake up to views of Imbabura from most rooms and from the garden.
Given the beauty of this hotel and all that Otavalo has to offer it’s unfortunate that we were only able to stay for 3 days.  Maggie and Susy helped plan our day trip to Lake Cuicocha, advised us to visit Plaza de Ponchos on a Saturday, then combine a cultural trip to  Tahuantinsuyo Weaving Workshop with a hike down to a waterfall and a visit to the Condor Park. This was such a memorable weekend! We could have easily used La Posada Del Quinde as a base to explore other areas we weren’t able to. But again Maggie was helpful in pointing us in the right direction and helping us with our itinerary. Thank you so much for hosting us and we look forward to our next visit.

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