Intag Cloud Forest, Coffee Farm Cabin Ecuador
Intag Cloud Forest, Coffee Farm Cabin Ecuador
6 guests
3 bedrooms
6 beds
2 baths
6 guests
3 bedrooms
6 beds
2 baths
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Cloud Forest Cabins, Ecuador. The three bedroom wooden cabin is on a coffee farm in the 350 acre cloud-forest reserve. Located one and half hours from Otavalo by way of Laguna Cuicocha, in the Intag river valley. The weather is spring-like, with cool temperatures in the evening. Visitors hike can on trails in the cloud forest, bird-watch, bathe in waterfalls, and view the orchids. Homestyle restaurant is on site. Separate large kitchen and spacious screened dining room 20m away.

The space

Cloud forest tourism in Intag. It is a fifteen minute hike from the end of the road to the cabin. Three bedroom wooden cabin with a separate spacious screened in kitchen and dining area. The cabin has two private bathrooms with tile lined showers. Drinking water is available. A neighbor can deliver sodas and other goods by motorcycle from his small store in Santa Rosa for a small fee. Neighbors at the bridge of fresh trout available year round. The cabin is on small organic coffee farm on the edge of a 350 acre Cloud Forest Reserve. Visit the Cock of the Rock Lek , hike through primary forest and bath in the river. You can pick fresh vegetables from the farm, hike in the reserve, bird-watch, bathe in waterfalls, and view the orchids. Homestyle restaurant is on site. Perfect for hikers, bird watchers and families. 15 min walk from the end of the private road.

The cabin has glass windows and a hammocks hung in a screened in area. There is a kitchen with a gas stove, a fridge, and a sink. Pots and pans and an electric kettle are provided. Basic staples like flour, rice, salt, sugar and oil are available. There are fresh salad greens in the garden. The cabin sits on the edge flat slope of the mountain covered in cloud forest. Birds are often observed around the cabin. The vegetable garden is next to the cabin the organic vegetables, mandarin oranges, and lemons. The orchidarium is located behind the cabin. The river is a fifteen minute hike away. The internet works well.

The guests have access to the entire cabin. The cabin is a separate building from my house. The cabin has two private full bathrooms with solar heated water. The cabin can be chilly on rainy days and in the evening. High in the 80s f. low 60 f. The dining room and kitchen is a separate wooden screened in building with a beautiful view. It is only 100 steps away from the cabin. The guests can hike on trails through the Intag Cloud Forest Reserve, visit the river and hike or take the bus to the communities of Plaza Gutierrez and Apuela. The Intag Cloud Forest Reserve is privately owned.

The thermal baths of Nangulvi are a half hour bus ride from the main road. This is eco-tourism at it's best.

I or someone will be here to help you during your stay. I live here full time so I probably will be here. I can take you on a walk to the waterfall the first day and to see the Cock of the Rock lek in the morning.

I am part of the community of Santa Rosa in the Zone of Intag, Ecuador. It is made up of 30 families living on isolated farms. Since everyone has to walk on the public trails, you often meet the neighbor on the trails. Many of the women are artisans whom weave and crochet with sisal. It is possible to visit the women and purchase their products.

Guest access

The guests have the three bedroom cabin with two private full baths all to themselves. They have access to the new wooden kitchen and dining room. It is a fully equipped kitchen with a view. The dining room has large screened windows. The slab tables and benches are in a large dining room with the view of the forested mountain. The dining kitchen area has WIFI. Guests will be able to hike and explore the 288 hector subtropical cloud forest reserve. There are local guides available.

Interaction with guests

I or someone will be here to help you during your stay and show you the trails. I provide drinking water. I live here full time so I probably will be here. I can hike with you to the waterfall and to the observation point of the Cock of the Rock lek on the day you arrive. I can can give you a tour of the garden where pineapples, bananas and coffee is growing. I am also a beekeeper. In June and July we pick coffee and you would be most welcome to help.

Other things to note

The cabin is located 3 km from the bus stop in Santa Rosa. I can meet you at the bus stop in Santa Rosa and bring you to the cabin. I can arrange a car and a horse to bring in your luggage for a small fee. You can easily make your own way if you like.

Family/kid friendly
Wireless Internet
Pets allowed

Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 double bed, 1 single bed
Bedroom 2
1 double bed, 1 bunk bed
Bedroom 3
2 bunk beds
Common spaces
3 hammocks

House Rules
No parties or events
Not safe or suitable for infants (Under 2 years)
Check in time is 8AM - 5PM
Check out by 3PM

Smoking is aloud in outdoor spaces. Pets are not allowed in the cabin, but there is a porch where they can stay.


11 Reviews

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Bart User Profile
October 2017
I stayed here for 2 night with mu wife and our 4-year old daughter. Its a great alternative to Mindo and Intag has plenty to offer in its own right: high biodiversity, wonderful trails but without the crowds. The accomodations are very nice. The location is superb! Sandy is a great host: arranging pickup with a car and horse for our luggage. She also arranged full-board (very tasty food!), laundry and excursions! Intag Cloud Forest Reserve is great: lots of frogs, cocks of the rock, trogons and much more. In short: highly recommended!

Murat User Profile
August 2017
Fantastic setting, quiet and beautiful. Highly recommended.

Christina User Profile
July 2017
Our family ( including a 9 and 10 year old) we thrilled with the idea of going to Sandra's the beaten track. We had a low rental car and managed to drive down to the bridge. I am not sure most people would have attempted the road with such a low car. It is a 15 min walk to the cabin so we prepared our day packs ahead of time which made the walk manageable. Fortunately Sandra's staff assisted us with our food bag on their motor bike. Bring your own food...the kitchen had everything we needed. Wifi was speedy and a surprise given the location. The morning walk up into the cloud forest for 2 hours of discovery was a treat for us all. What a highlight and haven this was.

Ulrik User Profile
May 2017
We stayed three nights at Sandra´s cabin and it was a very pleasant visit. We took the bus from Otavalo (1,5h) and got off in the small village of Santa Rosa. From there it was a 45 min walk in a beautiful valley (it´s possible to drive most of the way), Sandra met us on the way and guided us to the cabin. There is a nice view from the cabin and the surroundings offers many nice walks with primary cloud forest, waterfalls, a vivid river and many nice country side farms. We are no birdwatchers but got inspired by all the birds in the surrounding, including the cock-of-the-rock, and with Sandra´s help we identified a few species. The cabin is basic but still comfortable, it became a bit cold during the nights but there were a lot of blankets to keep us warm while sleeping. Even though the cabin is remote located the WIFI is very good. We bought breakfast of Sandra, we got more than we could eat of mainly homemade products, including delicious honey and fresh toasted coffee from the farm. We brought our own lunch and dinner which we prepared in the kitchen that is big and well equipped. The cabin is perfect if you want to get in contact with nature, experience primary cloud forest and countryside Ecuador and Sandra is a great host that boost the experience.

Carolyn User Profile
April 2017
We stayed at Sandy's place for 2 nights on the side of a mountain deep in the Intag Valley Reserve. The setting was beautiful and Sandy was a wonderful host. I booked the evening before leaving and Sandy was super communicative (she has internet on-site which is shocking since it is so remote) even with all of my last minute details. She offers full service hotel-like attention (she lives on the premises in a separate cabin isolated from the one she rents) with food and everything, OR you can just bring your own food and use her kitchen. We have a truck so bringing our own food was easy. You can park 15 minutes away from her entrance (and then walk through a beautiful forest) or if you are taking the public bus you would need to hike in for about 45 minutes to an hour or catch a taxi up until the last 15 minutes where a car can't fit anymore. We mixed our food options and shared some meals with Sandy as well. Most of her ingredients come from her very own organic garden right outside of her kitchen. (She even let us harvest and do some weeding because we love agriculture!). The food was yummy, abundant, and quite healthy! She also has her own bees on her 7 has farm and at times will have fresh honey! Sandy has lived in the region for 30 years and is very knowledgeable about history, plants, trails, and wildlife. She took us to see the famous Cock in the Rock red bird as well as showed us the trails to some beautiful waterfalls, a panela factory, and down to a river where we took a private dip in the chilly water! Intag is a beautiful region with an abundance of trails for great hiking. Sandy lent us rubber boots for the muddy bits. On-site Sandy has her own organic coffee for sale which she showed us how to shell and roast - delicious! She also works with a local women's group and sells their handicrafts - beautifully woven bags, belts, placemats, change purses, etc. All natural and organic materials, no fake dye! The housing was very nice, the cabin is quaint and clean. All of the wood came from her farm and the cabins are built for the buggy climate - lots of nice screened in places! She has two new cabins under construction and a new kitchen/dining area. All is screened in with available non-screened in porches but I wouldn't recommend it for two long. Sandy is super flexible and I'm sure if you would be interested in staying in a cabin with no electricity/no internet she would open up another secluded building she has on the premises as well as camping options. Definitely recommend it for a quiet, secluded weekend in beautiful Ecuadorian nature!

Kelsey User Profile
March 2017
We spent a lovely two days at Colibri while visiting the Intag Cloud Forest Reserve, just next door. It proved a remarkably peaceful atmosphere to relax and get some work done while surrounded by nature. While remote, the cabin was easy to get to with just a short bus ride from Otavalo and an easy walk from the village of Santa Rosa. For all its rustic simplicity, Colibri still feels like a castle in the clouds, perched high on the slopes of the valley while the fog rolls below. We were thrilled by the gentle chorus of birdsong outside, and were pleased to find a colorful Toucanette perched just outside the cabin on the second day. We also saw plenty of the Colibri (hummingbirds) for which the property is named. The nearby trails are stunning: lush with vegetation, painted with orchids, and although it’s a muddy trek, the Cock of the Rock lek is not to be missed. If you follow the trail to it’s outer limit, there is a beautiful series of waterfalls that the locals say will recharge your positive energy to bathe in. Like most tropical forests, it does rain a lot here, but the downtime proved equally enjoyable. We watched the storm pass by from the main room while reading in hammocks, then cooked a simple dinner of fresh local ingredients – Sandy even let us sample some of the goods, including coffee, from her organic garden. Overall, Sandy was a lovely host, attentive to all of our needs, and eager to show us around the Reserve and the property. It was a great treat to have someone who has lived on the land for so many years help us learn some of the idiosyncrasies of Ecuadorian language and culture. Thank you for sharing this beautiful property with us!

Rabia User ProfileRabia is a superhost.
January 2017
The setting was a perfect introduction for us to understand the profound and beautiful reality of biodiversity in the cloud forest. Our hostess Sandra was generous with her time, offering us tours and lending us personal items from her home to make our stay even more comfortable and interesting. The cabin accommodation was rustic, but aesthetic and provided with everything we could have needed. For travellers who want to get off the beaten track, feel the earth under their feet and watch the clouds dreamily rise and fall over the steep hillsides and forests, this is a wonderous place to stay.
Sandra User ProfileSandra is a superhost.
Response from Sandra:
Thanks for you visit. I hope other travelers who are visiting Otavalo will also be inspired to visit the Intag Cloud Forest area. It is only an hour and a half drive from Otavalo yet a is different world. It is a subtropical forest with orchids and is alive with colorful birds. The road past Cuicocha will take you here in an hour and a half.
January 2017

Otavalo, EcuadorJoined in August 2012
Sandra User ProfileSandra is a superhost.
I'm originally from Wisconsin, and have lived in Ecuador for over 30 years. I manage two bed and breakfasts: El Refugio de Intag and Intag Cloud Forest Reserve. I'm a painter, writer and a musician. I work on education projects in the community. I love hiking and bird watchi…
Languages: English, Español
Response rate: 100%
Response time: within an hour

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