Here are some snapshots of the El Meson de las Flores Inn. We hope we can help you.

The entrance of our (and we hope your) home in Cotacachi is 66 steps to a magnificent cathedral and park.

Here’s the park

The village is quiet and peaceful and once inside Meson you feel the flavor of its colonial past. The foundations of this building were started here over 180 years.

The inner courtyard is open and this week will host a string quartet as well as an Andean musical group.

The outer court leads to a dining and meeting room each for 50. We have a full professional kitchen where we produce delicious, nutritious and energizing organic meals drawn from the Andes’ mineralized volcanic soil. We offer a special diet based on shamanic principles taught by the Taitai Yatchaks that is a delicious, abundant, fulfilling and purifying fare.

Everywhere you turn you see stunning views from the hotel. The hotel is nestled between three mountains. This is Mount Imbabura.

Five minutes away is La Mirage, a Relais and Chateuax Spa.

The spa offers many treatments including a private, personal, hour and a half, Shamanic Purification Treatment. The female Shamana has inherited years of experience, from her father a recognized Shaman in this region. Her purification room has been specially designed on indigenous healing principles to unify the body, mind and spirit. She blends relaxation techniques using the rose petal filled float tank and completes your healing process with an hour long aromatherapy spiritual massage.

The Shamana Estella

20 minutes away is a national park and crater lake for picnics. Walk in pure air and nature along nearby Cuicocha Crater Lake. Cuicocha was formed by a massive volcanic explosion 3,000 years ago. You picnic on a carpet of grass by pure, azure, 600 foot deep waters amidst breathtaking scenery.

Here’s my wife, Merri, our hound dog, Ma, and me at the lake.

An hour away is Chachimbiro Thermal Springs (pictured below). You can soak in the wilds of its mineralized waters.

Locals knew of pools of healing waters since prehispanic times, but the majority of these medicinal thermal waters began to flow after an earthquake in 1868. They come from a volcanic complex that has existed 10,000 years and flow at temperatures ranging from 92 F to 132 F.

The chemical composition makes them among the best healing waters in the Americas as they contain chlorides, sulfides of iron, copper, fluorine, bromine and iodine. They act as a digestive, purgative regulator, stimulant of the cardiovascular system, diuretic and a central nervous system stimulant.

Thank you for sharing Ecuador with us. Join us for our next International Business and Investing Course at El Meson.

Gary and Merri