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Camino al Rosario, Salasaca 180758 Ecuador
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#1 of 3 Speciality lodging in Salasaca
The hostal is located a half an hour by bus, from Ambato on the way to (Pelileo) Banos. Next to the viewpoint PUNTA RUMY (sacred stone) and DIABLO CAMA (Devil's bed), sacred places of the Salasaca Indians. The Salasacas, are descendants of the Incas. Here, the Incas came to ask their gods to improve their musical ability and their voices so that they would be the best messenger among the villages. The Inca Ruminau passed through this place after the death of Atahualpa in the war with the Spaniards. Ruminahui, with the people of his community brought many treasures to hide in the mountain called LLANAGANATE.
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MaMaMaren wrote a review Nov. 2017
Benajarafe, Spain23 contributions4 helpful votes
The Hostal has the most incredible views - you can see all the volcanoes of the area and really really far. It is a very quiet and peaceful place. The owners are lovely and the food is good. They can tell you a lot of things about their culture if you are interested. Only negative thing is that there is only one shared bathroom - for us it didn't matter though because there were no other guests.
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Date of stay: November 2017Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Edward M wrote a review Sep. 2017
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Hostal Runa Huasi is a hidden gem within the hidden gem that is Salasaca that I visited with my wife and two boys, ages 10 and 8. The hostal is run by Alonso Pilla, a welcoming gregarious host who enthusiastically shares his rich cultural heritage with his guests. The hostal is located off of the busy highway to Baños. After turning off of the road lined with a random assortment of restaurants, hardware stores and mechanic shops, you quickly enter into a traditional Quichua community that retains many pre-Colombian customs to this day. Driving to the hostal you will see women dressed in colorful traditional clothing weaving while walking, carrying babies in scarves, or leading donkeys laden with grasses from a river below. The hostal is situated at the top of a small canyon overlooking the river below and the Andean countryside and highlands in the distance. The hostal itself is surrounded by fruit trees and flowers. Alonos grows traditional foods, herbs and medicines which he is happy to share with his guests. He will also cook one of his guinea pigs for you if you dare! The hostal is designed and decorated in a traditional style with thatched roofs. The rooms are comfortable, with lots of different options for guests including a cool bunk house for large groups. There is an eating/common area where Alonso and his wife prepare a fantastic breakfast. There are also several levels of outdoor patios, including one with hammocks, all with views of the canyon below. Alonso offers tours of cultural and sacred sites in Salasca and explains their historical and/or religious significance. He also gives weaving lessons on a traditional loom and explains the symbolism of the many designs found on Salasacas clothing. Alonso's tours are a highlight. He reveals a mysterious and mythical culture hidden in plain sight. He took us to a sacred rock where Salasacas make offerings for musical skills where Salasacas believed the the Inca General Ruminahui visited when travelling in the region! He also gives tours to a nearby mountain called Teligote where Salsacas make an annual pilgrimage. There is a rare cloud forest at the top of the mountain and a hidden watering hole where legend has it you can enter the Llangantes mountains. Hostal Runa Huasi offers a unique and immersive cultural experience for those who are willing to take a detour off of the beaten path!
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Date of stay: April 2017Trip type: Travelled with family
MarkThurber wrote a review May 2016
Quito, Ecuador113 contributions31 helpful votes
Alonso and his family make this authentic quichua experience worth a return visit. Food is wholesome, good neighborhood walks, interesting Salasaca weavings. Check out the walk up Teligote for a study of native plants and their uses.
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Date of stay: April 2016
Trip type: Travelled with family
Jill Festa wrote a review Apr. 2016
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Hostel Runa Huasi is run by Alonso and his wife Julia - both are wonderfully friendly, open and helpful. Alonso is one of Salasaca's artisan weavers and is very knowledgeable about the indigenous Andean culture. The hostel itself overlooks the canyon and the view, in particular from the terrace, is stunning. The rooms and the bathrooms are very clean (with constant hot and cold water - not always a given in this part of Ecuador). There is a kitchen and dining room available for guest use.
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Date of stay: March 2016Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Lindsey C wrote a review Aug. 2015
Durham, North Carolina18 contributions4 helpful votes
Hostal Runa Huasi is an excellent option for those looking for a real experience off the beaten path. It is a family run establishment with room options for large groups or individuals. Alonso and his family are kind, welcoming, and very willing to share their culture and experiences. The food is traditional, and there is always plenty. There are hammocks, incredible views, and a fire pit to enjoy, in addition to excursions that can be arranged such as hiking or weaving demonstrations. Come here to relax, or to just get away from the big city and tourist traps.
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Date of stay: July 2015
Trip type: Travelled with friends
Room Tip: If you need laundry done, ask Alonso instead of carrying it to the city center. One of his...
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EcuadorTungurahua ProvinceSalasaca
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Frequently Asked Questions about Hostal Runa Huasi
Which popular attractions are close to Hostal Runa Huasi?
Nearby attractions include Mall de los Andes (7.9 km), Iglesia Barrio Solis (7.5 km), and Cuernos de la Abundancia (7.5 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Hostal Runa Huasi?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and free parking.
What food & drink options are available at Hostal Runa Huasi?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Hostal Runa Huasi?
Yes, free parking and street parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Hostal Runa Huasi?
Conveniently located restaurants include Sierra Bella Cafeteria, Milo's burger BBQ, and Susy Juice.
Does Hostal Runa Huasi have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Hostal Runa Huasi offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are pets allowed at Hostal Runa Huasi?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Is Hostal Runa Huasi accessible?
Yes, it offers reduced mobility rooms. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.