In the quiet of nature, near a river and 4 km. of beautiful beaches, chalets for two with private bath. Kitchen and outdoor dining, 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.
I'm not really sure where to begin, but Mercedes and George were incredible hosts from the start. From detailed directions to their place including bus routes, to local restaurant recommendations and advice. They were the epitome of hospitality, and we felt so welcome in their home.
We were three, my husband and I sharing one cabin, my mother in law the other. All were immaculately clean and gorgeously designed.
We were served a breakfast each morning. That was completely locally sourced, fresh fruit, yogurt and cheeses. French pressed coffee and various local breads as well.
The property is an artists paradise, George built the cabins and furniture, and they have an atelier designed for traveling architecture and art students.
The property is lush and green, just a couple of kilometers from a wonderful national park with waterfalls and pools to swim in. Montanita is a quick $3 taxi ride to the north, nice to visit, but a jog to come back to a tranquil paradise.
They were wonderful conversationalists and were such a joy to be around. We hope to come back to Ecuador just to see them.
We actually have a blog (email hidden) with our experience and pictures.
My husband and I (both 30 yrs old) stayed with Mercedes and her husband George for one week in this beautiful, unique place. We loved our stay. The house itself is a genuine work of art -- designed by George and built by local artisans. It is beautiful and rustic, and was built with the intent of making one feel at one with nature. The walls are partially exposed to the outdoors, so you can hear the nearby birds, insects, and wildlife. It is a wonderful place to getaway. The lovely walk to town takes about an hour, but passing neighbors are always happy to take you along in the back of their cars or trucks. The beach in Manglar Alto is really beautiful with warm waters and few tourists -- totally underrated, as we had not heard too much about it before our stay. For those looking to get out in Montanita, it is a convenient walk up the beach (~40 minutes), or a cab ride that costs between $1.50 and $4 (depending on the driver and your negotiation skills!). Maria and George were fabulous hosts -- so warm, hospitable, and generous. We felt as though we were visiting friends and we hope that one day we will be able to repay their kindness.