Hostal La Luna



The Review

Hostal La Luna is a really lovely, countryside cottage hostel with friendly owners, beautiful surroundings, and the attention to detail you would expect from a much more expensive guesthouse.

The Location

This hostel is a few kilometers outside Otavalo, en route to the mountain lakes Lagunas de Mojanda; the easiest way to get here is by taxi. For the more adventurous, there are also pick-up trucks or camionetas, but if traveling with luggage be warned that they get very full and the ride is very bumpy! The hostel is located up a cobbled track; make sure the driver knows where you’re heading beforehand as they will need to let you off at the turn-off. There’s a tiny shop at the turning for basic provisions, but if you plan to self-cater or need picnic food, it’s best to stock up at the markets in town.

Rooms and Bathrooms

The hostel is spread over three cottage-like buildings, each adorned with fresh flowers and pretty, bright Otavalan blankets and curtains. The colourful ten-bed dorm takes up one of the three. The building has a big bathroom with three shower cubicles/toilets as well as a little guest kitchen (literally just a couple of gas cooking hobs, with pans) with a fireplace for cold nights. The private rooms are housed in the other buildings; some have their own fireplaces too. Camping is also permitted in the grounds.

Common Spaces

The main reception/restaurant area is a cosy, timber-roofed space which has a big log fire and a couple of lazy dogs to complete the sense of home. Adjacent to this is a TV room with DVDs, book exchange, and enough board games to make the chilly Otavalo evenings fly by. There is also a big garden overlooking the valley with hammocks, a barbecue area, and benches. The little dorm kitchen is good for hanging out with other travelers (it’s handy if you want to cook and also if you intend to bring your own booze, as you can only drink what you buy from the hostel in the main restaurant). You can buy a massive bundle of firewood for a cozier feel.


If you are looking for a rural retreat or to do some hiking at the lakes, then La Luna is perfect. It’s a bit out of the way but pretty much has everything you might want from a countryside hostel. It has character and you won’t feel short-changed by staying in the dorm which is just as homely as the private rooms (though it is a bit on the cold side). The free breakfast is simple but delicious -- hot crusty rolls and jam, freshly made fruit juice, quality Ecuadorian coffee, and a varying "extra" each day (could be a boiled egg, porridge, or fruit salad). The restaurant serves great pizzas and burgers in the evenings, which are a little on the expensive side for budget backpackers but really good quality nonetheless. The owners will go out of their way to help -- calling taxis, providing maps, and arranging horse treks.
by Laura T Staff Reviewer
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(Location is approximate. You may need to pan/move to find "Hostal La Luna" at Km 4.5 Via a Mojanda.)


Km 4.5 Via a Mojanda, Otavalo, Ecuador
0.215435, -78.299904 (accuracy not guaranteed)
+593 99 315 6082 / +593 99 737 415
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