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Entire home/apt

7 Guests

5 Bedrooms

7 Beds

Entire home/apt

7 Guests

5 Bedrooms

7 Beds

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About this listing

La Factoría provides training in communication, design, art and architecture. We work with the artisans of the zone, the aim is to develop the ancestral craftsmanship and contemporary design. We also receive personal projects to be developed in place

The space
Bathrooms: 4
Bedrooms: 5
Beds: 7
Check In: Anytime after 12AM (midnight)
Check Out: 2PM
Room type: Entire home/apt


Extra people: $46 / night after the first guest
Security Deposit: $100
Weekend Price: $46 / night


The space

In the quiet of nature, near a river and 4 km. of beautiful beaches, chalets for two with private bath and a house for a group with two toilet batteries, free wi-fi, atelier for reading or working, hammocks, walks to waterfalls and craft workshops, horse riding through the cordillera.

La Factoría is two hours from the International Airport in Guayaquil. It is two minutes off the Ruta del Sol (Coast Highway) and 15 minutes south of Montañita (Surfing Capitol of Ecuador). The valley it lies in is extremely fertile and provides excellent growth for all of the following crops; coffee, cocoa, tobacco, bananas, corn, watermelon, onions, peppers, tomatoes and a plethora of tropical fruits. Within just one kilometer of this land is a working finca that provides honey, milk, cheese, yogurt, open range eggs (delicious), bread, jellies, meat, chicken and more. There is also a medical center just minutes from the parcel.

La Factoría is a center for the development of contemporary craft and design, and also offers eco-training programs.

Guest access

Workshop for reading or working.
Hammocks for relaxing.
Wi-fi all over the place.
Big gardens.

If you are interested in a workshop, please contact us.

Interaction with guests

Always welcome our guests and make them feel at home

House Rules
May not be safe or suitable for children (0-12 years)



Cancel up to 5 days before your trip and get a full refund, including service fees.

2 nights minimum stay

Exact location information is provided after a booking is confirmed.

35 Reviews

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Lindsey User Profile
April 2017
LA factoria is one of the best places I have stayed during my one month travel in South America. Maria is very kind and cooks you an amazing breakfast each morning. The place is very calm and relaxing and allows for you to be creative in your own time. I hope to come back one day with some friends and take a seminar here.
María Mercedes User Profile
Response from María Mercedes:
Lindsey wish you the best in your continuation of your architecture career, and good life!
April 2017

Mark User Profile
April 2017
This is a great place to soak in with nature away from the noisy party town of Montantica. We were surrounded by thousands of butterflies and various insects and birds, frogs, chickens and it felt so nice being out in nature. The property is in a tropical humid forest and the cabins are clean and well put together in very interesting ways in terms of architecture. The hosts were wonderful. I mean they felt like family!! They helped give us advice about what to do in the area and hooked us up with a horse riding company that takes you deep in the forest where u see monkeys and other wildlife and rewarded with the treat of a waterfall. Highly recommend! The hosts also served breakfast every morning and made sure we got back on the property in the evening by assisting us because the pathway was muddy from recent rains. If you got a chance, stay with these people and get to know them and soak in with nature. You won't be disappointed!!! If we come back to the area, we will come back to this property. The hosts warmth is phenomenal! ❤
María Mercedes User Profile
Response from María Mercedes:
Thanks a lot dear Mark for your review, hopping to see you two again! You are phenomenal!!!❤ Abrazos
April 2017

Dani User Profile
February 2017
Loved my stay at María Mercedes’s beautiful cabins - a tranquil getaway, but still close enough to the beach if you want some beach time. Amazing breakfast every morning, and María Mercedes gave me plenty of great recommendations for Montanita and Manglaralto and other nearby places. Thanks so much for your hospitality!
María Mercedes User Profile
Response from María Mercedes:
Thanks a lot Dani. Buena viaje y adelante!
February 2017

Theo User Profile
January 2017
Second time we stayed at this quiet wonderful place close to nature and filled with humming birds. Great outdoor place with superb breakfast and fresh juices. MM & G are great hosts!

Jay User Profile
June 2016
This is our third stay at La Factoria in three years. Is it obvious that we love the hosts and love the place? We stayed in the Black Queen, Le Reina Negra, at the top of the hill and the property. Breakfast with our hosts is always delicious and made with products either grown there or locally sourced. Among the local improvements is the taxi company in Manglaralto, so to the beach or to Dos Mangas is within minutes, if you don't feel like walking. It is a delight to stay in the house or the cabins designed by G. Haffner, and built to his direction with employment of builders in Dos Mangas. Renewable and locally sourced is their mantra. Among the benefits of the stay is the starry sky untouched by light pollution, and the quietude of the local towns, yet only minutes away from Montañita, if that's your interest. Again, my customary caution that this is not for patrons of the Hilton. You will be taken care of with care, but not fawned over nor coddled. Highly recommended for the self sufficient traveler who appreciates intelligence over the obsequious.
María Mercedes User Profile
Response from María Mercedes:
Thanks Jay, we appreciate your appreciations, :-) and you say them so nice!
June 2016

Dana User Profile
March 2016
In my recent visit to La Factoria I was reading "The Eyes of the Skin" by Pallasmaa, a Finnish architect. In that book he observed that "Sight isolates, whereas sound incorporates; vision is unidirectional, but sound creates an experience of interiority." He goes on to say "the eye reaches, but the ear receives." Do we a make the choice in how we move - reaching or receiving? Sometimes not, when we are busy and not conscious of there being choices of movement. But in the mornings at La Factoria, with the proliferation of the sound of nature - ocean, birds, insects, roosters, and all else - I found myself drawn outwards, receiving, yes, but not as an interior experience with narrow and small sounds, only inside the ear and brain. It was a reality of being inside and outside at the same time, with attention moving outwards and expanding. After my first visit to La Factoria I remarked on how the cabin had a spatial dynamics that enabled a sense of expansion, without there being simple "views" made by the mechanism of conventional windows. In this visit my attention went to the sound. Perhaps it was the season - pleasantly hot and humid on March. Was there was a noisier life present than last July, or were my ears were not as ready to receive before? Perhaps it simply took Maria suggesting that I listen carefully, as I would hear the ocean if I did. Coming home to the countryside of western Massachusetts the space here feels dead and without sound. I know there is sound here. Maybe there are simply too many other distracting sounds? I have adjusted now, but in the first few days back I yearned for the life and sounds at La Factoria. My recommendation of La Factoria, and the generous hospitality of George and Maria, is without hesitation and without qualification. My affection for La Factoria grows, since my visits there have given me time and space for experience and reflection.
María Mercedes User Profile
Response from María Mercedes:
Dear Dana, so interesting way of putting words on what I experience since 5 years ago. So special connection you did reading "The Eyes of the Skin" by Pallasmaa in the appropriate place. Such a different way to be integrated into the environment: "the eye reaches, but the ear receives." yes! thanks a lot for these words, they enthrall me. Thanks again for your visit, waiting for the next. Our affection for you.
March 2016

Xabier User Profile
February 2016
These are super pretty and amazingly design cabins. The purpose it to there, enjoy the morning breakfast and nature. Maria Mercedes and George are very nice and you will enjoy their company during breakfast. The cabins design is unique.

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Guayaquil, Ecuador · Joined in May 2012
María Mercedes User Profile

Nuestro proyecto desde hace 4 años es La Factoría / Diseño y Artesanía Contemporánea en la promoción + formación + difusión.
Desarrollamos residencias creativas con grupos, generalmente facultades de artes visuales, arquitectura, comunicación, mercadeo, y acompañamiento en proyectos individuales.
Contamos con un taller equipado, entre otros, cuenta con maquinaria para trabajar maderas y metales.
Bienvenidos son sus propuestas si requieren de aislamiento y sosiego para concebir algún proyecto; escribir un libro, producir una escultura, estudiar las aves, investigar sobre la artesanía de la zona, trabajar en gráfica, pintura, etc. Advertir con anticipación para ver las posibilidades y hacer un presupuesto según tipo de taller.

Response rate: 100%
(past 90 days)
Response time: within a few hours