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Recommendation for Hostal Izhcayluma, resort

At Hostal Izhcayluma, the first thing eyes light upon is a wooden sign engraved with “You are now entering a stress-free zone”. In fact, we wondered if it might just be a little too stress-free. The absolute solitude and peacefulness seemed so removed from city life that we thought boredom might soon overtake us.

Boredom was never an issue. An early evening arrival limited the day’s activity to unpacking and dining. Our first hint that this was going to be a week to remember was our cabin. Rooms are also available but we liked the idea of a cabin removed from the main lodge. It was a great choice. The ample balcony overlooking a valley came with a hammock for a quiet read, rest or recharge.

The dining room is al fresco and the climate, a little warmer than Cuenca’s, makes that a real treat. The menu includes a mix of European and local cuisine. Despite the rustic atmosphere, with a full bar service and a reasonable wine cellar there is nothing primitive about the creature comforts at hand. Other options include a pool, billiard table, massage, and yoga classes.

Our hosts, owners Peter and Dieter and manager Raik, were always available and eager to make our stay memorable. They are the heart and soul of Izhcayluma. Dean celebrated a birthday during our stay and with their help, I was able to surprise him with a cake.

A side trip to Vilcabamba is a pleasant walk away. Weary? Cabs are inexpensive and easy to arrange.

Hostal Izhcayluma is a four-hour drive from Cuenca and light years from the chaos, hustle and bustle of the city. Door-to-door shuttle service is available three days a week at a reasonable cost and departs Cuenca around one pm. The resort holds about 75 guests at maximum capacity but is not usually fully booked.


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