My place offers wonderful views of the central Andean highlands of Ecuador in the Chimborazo province, nestled in a historic Indigenous community of the Cacha-Puruwá people. Only 25 minutes on a paved road from Riobamba, a beautiful colonial city with nice cozy restaurants and parks. You’ll love my place because it's peaceful and cozy. My place is good for couples, solo adventurers, families (with kids), writers, people interested in Andean culture, retreats and groups of friends and family.
The house is built on a hill in an Indigenous community that has views towards the city of Riobamba, the Chimborazo mountain and other snow-capped volcanoes. From the back of the house you will have a wonderful view of other Cacha communities nestled around the Chuyuc which is the sacred mountain of Cacha. You can walk to the nearby Pucará-Tambo which is the Cultural and Tourist Center of the community with a ceremonial plaza, an ethnographic museum, cabins and a restaurant.
Tours can be arranged to get to know the Cacha communities (there are 23 in total, but the tour would take you to 3-5 communities), or you can choose to take a day tour to the Chimborazo national park, the city of Riobamba or many other places, such as Guano, famous for leather goods, Alpaca wool rugs and the "cholas", sweet round bread with sugar cane filling in the middle. You can also plan a tour across the Chuyuc towards the Colta Lake and Santiago de Quito, where you will see the first catholic church built in Ecuador, the Balbanera church, and you can enjoy the lakeside park.
Our house itself is a museum in the making. The Duchicela family can trace its lineage not only to pre-Hispanic times but to pre-Incan times. The Duchicelas were the leaders of the Puruhá nation that eventually formed an alliance with the Quitus from the north and resisted the Inca invasion for decades, prior to reaching a friendly alliance with Huayna Cápac, the ruling emperor of the Incas, who married princess Paccha Duchicela, of the Puruhá nation. Their son Atahualpa was to become the last ruling emperor of the Inca Empire by the time of the Spanish invasion led by Francisco Pizarro.
Accès des voyageurs
The house has two bedrooms on the main level. Each bedroom can accommodate from 4 to 6 people. Each bedroom has its own bathroom and beautiful views. In the lower level overlooking the Cacha valley, there is an independent suite or mini-apartment, with one bedroom and bathroom, living room, dining room, kitchen and a sunroom with great views. This is a newly constructed suite (finished in mid-2016).
On the main level, there is a family room with a big fireplace. You can definitely use this space, especially in the evenings to warm up by the fireplace and enjoy a glass of wine, beer, tea or whatever you would like.
The house has a small courtyard on the main level. This is a very cozy and enjoyable place. It has plants that normally don't grow at these altitudes but they have adapted here because this courtyard is also a greenhouse. It has a glass roof that allows the strong Andean sun warm up the place during the day, so people can socialize here, have coffee or tea, read or just enjoy the sun!
Échanges avec les voyageurs
My wife and I do not live in this house. We go to Ecuador once or twice a year. It is our own family mountain retreat. However, we have a person who lives in the house and takes care of it. Her name is Clarita and she will give you all the guidance needed and help you with your basic needs. She can also cook for you for a separate price or arrangement. Clarita is not from Cacha but she is well known in the community.
The house is located at 3,100 meters above sea level, therefore it gets a bit chilly at night. However, the house has several chimneys that you would be welcome to use, and Clarita can help you set them up, if needed. There are room heaters, and once you get under the blankets you will be comfortable. But it is recommended you bring warm clothing and if you definitely do not like these temperatures, then this place is not for you.
If you love stunning scenery of mountains and valleys, this is the place to be! I recommend you go up to a mini-terrace we have to see the first rays of sunlight appear from the East. This is a paradise for photographers who like Andean scenery, including people in traditional Indigenous attires and farmland of products such as quinoa, potatoes, barley, wheat, onion, chochos, and many others.
The house has historic pictures, artifacts and books which are inventoried. Guests are welcome to enjoy these beautiful pieces of culture and art and are expected to take good care of them and leave them in their respective place.
Si vous annulez jusqu'à 24 heures avant le voyage, vous recevez un remboursement intégral. En cas d'annulation au cours des 24 heures précédant le voyage, la première nuit n'est pas remboursable.