|About Mama Hilda|
Hostal Mama Hilda is a family run hostal located on the Quilotoa Loop in the tiny village of Chugchilan. The hostal has been operating since 2000, but the family has been welcoming visitors from abroad for many years prior to that. With the growing popularity of Ecuador as a tourist destination, the village has seen the numbers of tourists rocket over recent years leading to the opening of another two hostals in the area.
Mama Hilda's is managed under the close scrutiny of Mama Hilda herself. Wife to Anibal, mother to 5 children, grandmother to 9 and recently a great grandmother to a new born boy in London, England - it's amazing she finds the time (or stamina) to keep this busy hostal going. To help, Mama Hilda has a few girls in her team from the surrounding area. Under her guidance, they cook the meals, make the beds, do the laundry, help the guests, and basically become part of your family whilst you're with us.
Due to the increasing demand on the village by tourists, Mama Hilda's continues to grow and expand. We now have 4 lodging buildings - all built by local craftsmen in the traditional manner, with all the material coming from the Herrera's lands in the area. The newest, and the oldest building on the property is the lounge. This was the first building created by the Herrera family and was built over 100 years ago. Rather than demolishing a building with so much history, the family decided to renovate it into a comfortable bar and lounge for our guests. The construction method can be seen on the top floor, where we've purposely left a section of wall bare, and the walls downstairs are still over 1 meter thick - really helping to keep the heat in on those cold Andean nights.