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The Secret Garden Cotopaxi Reviews

Via El Pedregal, Cotopaxi National Park, Ecuador

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133 Total Reviews
  • 87%Value For Money
  • 93%Security
  • 97%Location
  • 97%Staff
  • 97%Atmosphere
  • 100%Cleanliness
  • 94%Facilities

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Beautiful location, all meals were included, loved the dogs there. Could have been a bit more description about what the waterfall hike involved eg. climbing across slippery rocks. Also would have loved to have electricity in the dorms. Nonetheless had a great time!!


I enjoyed staying here and the scenery is beautiful. There may be too much pressure to sign up for hikes and I feel that the staff doesn't properly describe the difficulty of each - it did feel a little bit like they were just trying to bring in additional money. But overall, the food was good and the showers were nice and hot. And the scenery is absolutely beautiful. I would recommend this for a day or two.


Excellent location and friendly staff. I was a bit disappointed that there was no need to practice my Spanish (as nearly everyone spoke English). Food was good, almost too much provided at some meals, especially for high altitude. Would like to see coca tea as a drink option. Appreciate that gear (including rubber boots) is provided for hikes, etc.

  • 19th May 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Couple, 31-40
  • (1 review)


I really loved my time at the Secret Garden Cotopaxi. So great, I stayed longer than planned!


Loved it! Can´t wait to go back.


One of the best hostels I have ever stayed in. Awesome location, people, and treks! There is a jacuzzi...and 3 cute dogs.


A really beautiful location, absolutely out in the middle of nowhere with views of the Volcanoes (on a clear day) and Llamas outside. Staff were really helpful and the communal dinners create a good atmosphere. We had our own cabin with an upstairs bedroom which was also beautiful.


Beautiful place in a great location, great views of Cotopaxi and other mountains when the clouds clear. Dorm was very clean, beds comfortable, wood stove kept it nice and warm. Main lodge was a great place to relax and warm up after hiking, also a good place to meet other travellers (especially since there is no internet). Staff were very helpful, organized hiking trips and knowledgeable about what to do in the area. Food was good (lots of it), overall a great place to stay!


Sophie, in particular, was very friendly & helpful (and deserves a raise :-). The food was good and plentiful, and the staff always seemed to be working, yet laughing, too, which enhanced the atmosphere. Lockers would be nice, although we never felt insecure, as would hooks and mirrors in the dorm. The ladders to the upper bunks should be secured, though, as it almost fell away as I was climbing down it.

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