El Meson de las Flores Hometel


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El Meson de las Flores is offering a Hometel program in Ecuador where you can enjoy Ecuador at very low costs for a month (or longer) at a time

Here are some snapshots of the El Meson de las Flores Inn. Our Land of the Sun Foundation took control March 1, 2006 and have created the Hometel program so readers can stay here at a monthly rate of $899. (This low fee helps humanitarian and charitable causes).

The monthly price includes a wonderful served breakfast of just squeezed juice, bacon or ham and eggs, bread, ripe fruit and cereal. Lunch and dinner are extra at $5 for a two course meal if you choose to dine at the hotel.

We have free wireless broadband for your laptop or a computer you can use, plus a VOIP phone system so you can call the US, Canada or Europe at no charge.

We have also installed a infrared sauna for your health and enjoyment.

The entrance of our home (and we hope yours) in Cotacachi is 66 steps to a magnificent cathedral and park.

Here's the park!

The village is quiet and peaceful and once inside Meson you feel the flavor of its colonial past. The foundations of this building were started here over 180 years.

The inner courtyard is open and this (plus an inside dining area) is where we serve meals. We have an excellent chef who is trained in Andean nutritional skills. Meals are delicious and those who stay rave about the food.

We have a full professional kitchen where we produce delicious, nutritious and energizing meals drawn from the Andes’ mineralized volcanic soil.

Everywhere you turn you see stunning views from the hotel. The hotel is nestled between three mountains. This is Mount Imbabura.

Five minutes away is La Mirage a Relais and Chateuax Spa.

20 minutes away is a national park and crate lake for picnics and in pure air and nature take you along nearby along Cuicocha Crater Lake. Cuicocha was formed by a massive volcanic explosion 3,000 years ago. You picnic on a carpet of grass by pure, azure, 600 foot deep waters amidst breathtaking scenery. There are numerous trails for hiking and horseback riding.

Here's Merri, our hound dog Ma and me at the lake.

An hour away is Chachimbiro Thermal Springs (picture below) you soak in the wilds of its mineralized waters.

Locals knew of pools of healing waters since prehispanic times, but the majority of these medicinal thermal waters began to flow after an earthquake in 1868. They come from a volcanic complex that has existed 10,000 years and flow at temperatures ranging from 92 F to 132 F.

The chemical composition makes them among the best healing waters in the Americas as they contain chlorides, sulfides of iron, copper, fluorine, bromine and iodine. They act as a digestive, purgative regulator, stimulant of the cardiovascular system, diuretic and a central nervous system stimulant.

This is one of the most famous craft areas in Ecuador and there are numerous markets all within a few minutes ride (taxis by the way are very inexpensive) from El Meson. Shopping markets include: Otavalo, world-renowned for its large, varied indigenous market. Throughout the week, there is an abundance of traditional weavings and handicrafts to be found.

Cotacachi is famous as the leather village and specializes in all types of leatherwear. The main street is lined with shops selling belts, jackets, bags, vests, suitcases, saddles and more. There is an abundance of products allowing you to find what you are looking for – all at amazingly cheap prices.

San Antonio de Ibarra, is famous for wood carvings and furniture. The tradition of craftsmanship developed by the population of San Antonio dates to the 16th century and includes sought after wooden religious art and altar pieces that are shipped worldwide.

One of the best weaving villages in Ecuador is Peguche. This village is far less known than Otavalo but the better tapestries are woven here. They have weaving demonstrations including how all natural dyes are made.

Calderon is the Masapan Village. Masapan art made from hardened bread dough craft making is a cultural __expression of the rural zone of Calderon, which has been passed down for generations. The masapan crafts are original products, multicolored and perfect for decoration. All products are hand made with quality prime material that is non-toxic, to protect health and the environment.

We have a Spanish teacher who lives at the hotel and offers both group and individual Spanish lessons at very low prices.

You also enjoy very comfortable king size beds (with 380 thread count sheets), balcony and daily maid service. Every room has a large balcony. Laundry is extremely inexpensive.

Medical services are excellent. Some residents more than pay for their stay just having dental work completed.

In addition the weather is wonderful! Ecuador is a land of intense sun, but the Andes climate varies according to altitude. Cotacachi sits at 7,800 feet, so the temperatures range between mid 40s (at night) and mid 70s during the day. Because there is no industry for many miles the air is clear and the stars at night spectacular!

This is a small community (10,000 people) there is little crime to speak of, the people are warm, sweet and friendly, no traffic jams, no pollution…to us an almost perfect place to live.

Finally your contribution by living here helps support the programs of the Land of the Sun Foundation (See landofthesun.org). The hotel was purchased with charitable contributions and all profit from the hotel goes to charitable causes. To date we are offering free English lessons in the community, a soup kitchen for the homeless, a children’s lending library and medical missions. Being a part of these wonderful programs adds one more fulfilling dimension to living here with us at El Meson de las Flores.

We love our home here and hope you will share Ecuador with us.

To make your reservation, simply choose the order form below.

Gary


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