Izhcayluma is an ecolodge situated in Ecuador’s beautiful Valley of Longevity. They offer private rooms, private cabins and dormitories. Izhcayluma therefore suits all budgets and when I stayed, the guests included young families, couples of all ages and backpackers. The website states “the elegance of a resort priced for backpackers” and I could not agree more.
It is the perfect place to relax. The fantastic scenery, the hammocks outside each room, and the pool make this all too easy. I originally booked two nights at Izhcayluma but loved it so much that I kept adding more!
The accommodation and facilities
are dotted about accross the site, connected with little pathways
Izhcayluma is therefore very quiet, and you walk past bright flowers and lush plantlife every day.
– not included
+ all-you-can-eat buffet of fruit, bread, granola, tea and coffee available to purchase for $3.90
+ extras such as eggs, cheese, hot chocolate, available to purchase at 1$ each
– stops at 10am!
– no guest kitchen
We got around the early finish time and the rather expensive price by buying food in Vilcabama village
Hot water: yes
+ very spacious, powerful showers
+ set in a beautiful, lush valley
+ a short walk from Vilcabama village with a pharmacy, cash machines and little shops
Price: 8 dollars 50 cents for a dorm bed, which I think is fantastic value. Cabins and other accommodation options available. See the website for prices.
Rooms: The rooms have a lovely rustic feel and are simply decorated. Dorms 8 and 9 have three beds on a mezanine
+ lockers in dorms
+ safe at reception
+ security guard patroling the site at night
Welcome: all staff speak English, and the lovely owners are German. The staff are happy to help in anyway they can, calling taxis, and providing information about hikes and buses. Guests are pretty much left to their own devices
+ all over the site
Extras: the pool
free mineral water, giant chess board, free daily yoga class (at 8am though!) other yoga classes available for a fee, food available to purchase all day, spa with good value massages and beauty treatment. I had a very firm back, neck and arm massage which sent me to sleep!
Stars: ***** I award Izhcayluma 5 stars. Top marks!
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org 0059373025162
Address: Hosteria Izhcayluma, Vilcabamba, Loja, Ecuador
Tip: backpackers! Ask for a bottom bunk in dorm 8. They are double beds!
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