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Black Sheep Inn

Rustic and secluded guesthouse with a superb location amidst some of Ecuador’s most strikingly beautiful Andean scenery, with a New Age ethos reflected in its excellent eco credentials and many facilities for rest and recreation.

Within the gathering folds of Ecuador’s high Andean cordillera lies this rustic and secluded Black Sheep Inn, sustainably run by and for the local community. The strictly vegetarian cuisine, honesty bar and on-site yoga studio reflect the lodge’s holistic ethos, while a superb location and great value for money render it a rare and special place to stay.

Accommodation is in cottage-style buildings, with wooden beams and simple whitewashed walls. Options with either shared or private bathrooms are offered, but all feature ecological composting toilets, complete with an indoor garden fed by the result! Rooms have wood stoves, piping hot showers and plenty of blankets to take the edge off chilly evenings at high altitude. Included in the rate are wholesome meat-free meals, served in a typical family-style with second helpings encouraged!

Guests who appreciate the pristine serenity of remote countryside will be best rewarded here – the surrounding scenery really is some of the country’s most beautiful – and hikers will love the numerous trails to nearby natural attractions, including the vast crater lake of Quilotoa. Views are spectacular all across the property, and its grounds and cosy communal areas (including a lovely lounge and lending library) are great for whiling away a few relaxing hours, as are the spa and solar-heated plunge pool. If you prefer a bit more adventure, there’s also a zipline and waterslide. 

Bartolome, Galápagos

What our clients say

  • We had a wonderful time… we thought the guides we had were among the best we have known anywhere; we went for the Galápagos and would admit to mainland Ecuador being a bit of an “add on”, but we thought it was fabulous and would return - Quito was so much better than we expected.

    PW, Lambeth
  • Ecuador Highlights: Seeing hummingbirds & humpback whales, summiting the Pasochoa peak with Kristian, Quilotoa Volcano Lake, Quito cable car ride, the Las Cajas Park walks with Wilson. 

    PJR
  • Ecuador is a wonderful country with much to see and do so often overlooked by those seeking to visit South America and that I now know is a big mistake. 

    DW, Lingfield
  • Ecuador is perhaps a most underrated country for a great visitor experience. The people are great and helpful and, for anyone with an interest in the natural world, there is so much variety to see and enjoy. 

    IB
  • It was all brilliant, we expected the Galapagos to be the highlight, but all the other trips were as good in different ways. All the Ecuadorians encountered at hotels, restaurants, shops, etc could not do enough to help, and they did it with a smile. 

    AH, Eastleigh
  • Highlight?: The trek up the Chimborazo with mountaineering legend will live with us forever!!

    TT, Bolton
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Our expert's view

Jamie Swan
Jamie Swan - Product & Marketing

Jamie backpacked across Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina and Brazil before joining us; he has a degree in politics and is also a keen sportsman..

This lodge is an unexpected find in such a remote location, vegetarian food, yoga studio and even compost toilets, it's not what everyone would initially wish for as a hotel but the location is second to none and it really gives you the chance to relax and be at one with nature. The lodge is only a short drive from one of my favourite treks in Ecuador, walking the rim of Quilatoa volcano with it's spectacular lake glistening at the bottom.

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