The inns register a recovery . For the holiday that will start tomorrow, October 9, 2020, most of the 60 establishments of this type in Azuay , Cañar , Imbabura and Carchi are filled with reservations.
This happens, for example, at Killary Lodge, which is in the community of Jacarín , on the border of Azuay and Cañar. In its 2 hectares there are children’s games, a natural lagoon for boating, cabins, hammocks, tarabita, cycling trails and a farm. From there you ascend to the Cojitambo and Pachamama hills.
Last weekend, the three cabins were occupied and for this holiday they are already reserved . The maximum capacity is 20 people per day. “We are happy because we are recovering,” said its owner, Petronio Orellana.
Mayra Toledo, president of the Corporation and Professional Guides Guides Austro the spaces of nature have more demand . “People prefer open spaces , which offer safety, health and distance.”
According to Orellana, the client is more demanding when choosing accommodation, food and entertainment, “so we adjust to change.”
The owners of the hostelries Two Chorreras, Caballo Campana, Duran and the Angel, in the province of Azuay , promote the connection with nature and ensure the care of health visitors.
“We are living in a different moment and we must explain to the client -before confirming their reservation- the conditions of service and health measures,” said Nancy Ulloa, owner of Estancia El Ángel.
Its inn has capacity for 55 people and works with a capacity of 16. Guests can occupy a maximum of one hour in communal spaces such as swimming pools, Jacuzzi, sauna, orchards and children’s games.
In addition, the inn offers an all-inclusive service , which costs USD 40 per person. That is, the use of the facilities and food.
Dos Chorreras, located in El Cajas, works in the same way. The inn is surrounded by lagoons , vegetation , biodiversity of flora and fauna and offers sport fishing, cabins and other services.
Its owner, Guido Carrasco, said that customers are not locked up or there are crowds . They can distribute the time in walking trails of the Cajas National Park , riding a bicycle, climbing mountains and other activities.
Dos Chorreras has capacity for 65 people in lodging and for two months it has been working with 80% of its occupation; and in the restaurant , with 50% capacity. “We have reservations until November 7. On weekends we are full, ”Carrasco said.
In the Sierra Norte , natural landscapes are the preferred sites. For Ricardo Andrade, director of the Ministry of Tourism of zones 1 and 2, once the restrictions are released , Ecuadorians prefer to visit mountains, lakes, rivers and natural parks.
In the Íntag valley , 90 minutes from Cotacachi, 40 owners of farms and restaurants created the Active, Rural and Nature Tourism Route. They offer horseback riding, bike tours, hiking, and camping sites. Most activities cost USD 10.
Over the weekend, Santiago Chamorro and seven friends visited the Siete Cascadas, a subtropical destination located between Imbabura and Esmeraldas. Before they preferred to go to Quito, Otavalo or Cayambe.
Do not forget If you want
to visit any national park or archaeological complex, you must book income, because all are working at reduced capacities.
Within the lodging centers, make sure that the areas and services are available and the established hours. Respect the allowed capacity.
Keep your state of mind and health in mind. If you feel bad or have been exposed to covid-19 in the last 14 days, it is best not to go out.
Find out about the route to reach the destination, travel time and restriction measures in the area where you will arrive, to avoid penalties.
In the Sierra there is a cold climate and rains in recent days. Bring warm clothes and what you need to avoid problems.