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Perfect Location
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Property Description

Refugio Terra Esperanza offers dorms and private rooms with free WiFi and shared bathrooms. We are located in la Esperanza, 6 km south of Ibarra.

Exiting the hostel, you will find a giant view point of the 5 volcanoes of the enchanted valley. Go for a walk or enjoy the view on a bench in the company of two cute dogs. At night you can get cozy with a fire at the foot of the Imbabura volcano.

We offer different activities for nature lovers and art and culture enthusiasts.
Hiking and acclimatization to Laguna Cubilche, the Imbabura volcano, three waterfalls, la Loma Alta, thermal hot springs and 3-day tours within the new Imbabura Loop route
Rock climbing at La Rinconada
Bike tours
Horse riding tours in the Imbabura province
Local food and drinks
Live music and local dance classes
Leather workshops with one of Ecuador’s best saddlers

We are always looking for backpackers to help us out in the reception, design new leather crafts, marketing, organization, cleaning, or maintenance. So if you are a fun loving backpacker with an outgoing personality feel free contact us. For a few shifts a week we offer free accommodation and free breakfast

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Apr 04, 2024
Feels like a mix of Hostel and Couchsurfing! Emerson is an amazing host and will help you with your needs about trekking and anything else! I first thought it's a bit weird to be outside of the city, but it's honestly way better this way. There are a lot of busses to Ibarra and the bus with transfer to Quito is also passing right in front of the hostel. So please consider taking a stop here for the great Imbabura volcano or any other hike :)
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Male, 31-40
Nov 18, 2023
We had a positive experience at Refugio Terra Esperanza. Emerson was kind and welcoming. He helped us connect with a camionetta driver who took us up to the Imbabura trail head early in the morning. Would recommend!
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Male, 25-30
Nov 10, 2023
Ideal location if you want to climb the Imbabura volcan early in the morning. Emerson gave us all the good tips for the hike and arranged transportation from the hostel to the start of path.
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Male, 18-24


  • Free

    • Linen Included
    • Towels Included
    • Free WiFi
  • General

    • Common Room
    • Bicycle Parking
    • BBQ
    • Book Exchange
    • Hot Showers
    • Self-Catering Facilities
    • Fridge/Freezer
    • Utensils
    • Cable TV
    • Outdoor Terrace
    • Reading Light
    • Parking
    • Washing Machine
  • Services

    • Internet access
    • Laundry Facilities
    • Luggage Storage
    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Tours/Travel Desk
    • Housekeeping
    • Late check-out
  • Food & Drink

    • Bar
    • Meals Available
    • Cafe
    • Tea & Coffee Making Facilities
  • Entertainment

    • DVD's
    • Board Games
    • Wi-Fi