Hostal Llullu Llama
|Address :||Isinlivi-Hostal Llullu Llama, Isinlivi|
|Price :||from 10$|
|Website :||Official website|
In Llullu Llama we have a guide with free maps and descriptions of day hikes that our guests can use. They range from short to quite long and go in all four directions. Day hiking saves you the trouble of carrying luggage, organising transport and you see all the landscapes of the region in a nice and tranquil way.
Whether you climb up to the paramo to see the cloud forest and the volcanoes, or go down to the river and see lemons and strawberries grow side by side at the Hacienda Estella, or go to the animal market in Guantualó, trails are great, nature is overwhelming and the views are spectacular.
In a small region you have paramo highlands (4000 m.), Andean farmland (we are at 3000 m.) and the lower (and warmer) river bed of the Toachi (2600 m.), so you can experience three different climate zones within a few hours walking distance. No more then 40 years ago there where no cars, and no roads in this region.
A lot of people – mestizo or indigenous – have always farmed and lived here and all transport to the markets was done on donkey’s horses or llama’s. Or people not so fortunate to own such an animal carried it on their own back.
Nowadays there are some dirt roads, but there is hardly any traffic. The communities you pass when you hike around are close knit, but very welcoming to visitors.
Old walking trails are still in use, you meet people wherever you go, and you can rent horses to carry your luggage. It’s one of the few places in Ecuador where you can make hiking trips from one hostel to the other, what saves you the trouble of taking camping equipment.
Living in such a beautiful part of the world asks for respect and care. We do our best to be as environment friendly as possible, also because the town has no sewer system or garbage collection, and we don’t want to dump our waste on the neighbours. And we try to let the community – our neighbours – profit of our being here.