Things To Do In Alausi
There are so many things to do in Alausi its hard to know where to start: for trekkers, hikers, and mountain climbers, and lovers of nature, Alausi is the perfect base camp because of its proximity to Sangay National Park and the Chimborazo volcano.
Nariz del Diablo Trek
The Nariz del Diablo train ride used to be an incredible trip that took you around the mountains of Ecuador’s central Andes by the roof of a train. Today however its lost its appeal to anyone that wants an adventure because the government closed down the old train after an unfortunate double decapitation of two Korean tourists.
Now you have two options to see the Nariz del Diablo: from inside an overpriced and gentrified train carriage full of geriatric tourists and steamed-up windows. Or you can put on your hiking boots and follow this guide How to Hike the Devils Nose and take the trail that starts beside Killa Wasi Hostel and follow the tracks around the mountains to the Nariz del Diablo.
Ozogoche Lakes Complex
The Ozogoche Lakes consists of 45 separate lakes and lagoons located at 3,700 meters above altitude in Sangay National Park. The interconnected lakes and lagoons are scattered between mountains and high-altitude marshlands known as Andean paramo.
The Ozogoche Lakes are also known as “bird suicide lake” because of the thousands of migrating Plovver birds that kamikaze into the icy cold waters every September. This essential ecosystem is the source of life for the Ecuadorian Amazon because of the way the surrounding Andes collect water from coastal rains in the west and slowly release it into jungle rivers that flow below it the east.
Pyramid of Puñay
The Pyramid of Puñay was discovered in 2003 on the peak of a 3300m (10,826 feet) mountain in the Ecuadorian Andes near the border of Sangay National Park. The temple is 450m (1,476 feet) long and 40m (131 feet) tall and constructed in the shape of the sacred Guacamaya or Macaw. This is a two day camping trips where we take travellers from Alausi to the ancient temple ruin and camp on the mountains peak.
Ecuadorian Inca Trail
The Inca Trail in Ecuador is over 1,000 years old and was used by messengers to communicate between outposts in the Incan Empire. This trek follows the ancient trail for 3 days past many lakes and lagoons through the beautiful Andean Paramo until we arrive at the Incan Ruins of Inga Pirca. This is a challenging trek with the highest point being 4,800 meters (15,748 ft) on the peak of a mountain overlooking three lagoons.
Climb Mount Chimborazo
Mount Chimborazo is the largest mountain in Ecuador and when measured from the center of the earth instead of sea level it is the highest mountain on planet earth. The 6,268.2 m (20,565 ft) equatorial summit of Mount Chimborazo is the closest point to the sun on earth and the view from the peak of all the other volcanoes in Ecuador is one of the most incredible views in the world.
Laura Nathalia Forero Simijaca
22:00 05 Dec 23
We camp, an ideal place to find peace and connection with nature
18:48 15 Aug 23
Very nice place, accessible to share with family and friends, recommended to spend a pleasant moment.
18:32 16 Jun 23
A nice place, just spend one night to rest and continue. It’s simple. And they treated us very well. PS: it doesn’t have a TV. It has wifi and arriving is a hidden floor.
16:21 16 May 23
Great hostel and campsite. Nice hot showers and a barbeque. Great service, walking distance to town. Nice garden.
20:39 05 Oct 22
Nice spot for camping or just as a hostel. Just outside of town on a small farm. Close to the Nariz del diablo hike. Victor is a really nice guy and always ready to help you in any way.
14:30 25 May 22
If you want to camp or stay a a wonderful comfy and spacious place, this is the spot.Beautiful camping spot with beautiful views of the mountains surrounding Alausi. We got in touch w Victor via WhatsApp but you can just show up. Victor is super kind and attentive; camping is $5 per person per night and we had access to the kitchen, electricity, a very nice warm shower and covered area with a hammock and a big table to work/eat. We had to do some work online and the internet was very fast! There are two super cute dogs Oso and Lilly 🙂 they are very friendly and playful. We spent sometime playing with both of them.We camped under a little covered patio (though you can camp in the green areas if you want) and brought our bikes under so they could stay dry in case of rain. Victor grew up in Connecticut and is super kind and interesting; he is fully bilingual as well! He is super knowledgeable about permaculture, the town of Alausi and its surroundings; we enjoyed chatting w him. We heard he grew veggies and ended up falling in love with the pasta sauce he has for sell and his chocolate (for hot cocoa) is delicious; we bought some to bring with us.We needed to keep moving but kinda wished we could have stayed longer. It was such a cool and relaxed place.
22:40 28 Mar 21
A lovely place we’ll remember for a long time! For those seeking a more affordable option in Alausi, you will also get to be out surrounded by nature but still close to the market and right beside the trail to the Nariz. Viktor the owner is very friendly and knowledgeable, and you can also get some of his products. Great farm, great dogs, great shower, nothing more to ask for!!
23:06 08 Oct 19
My girlfriend and I camped here for a few nights and would recommend. Victor and his family helped us with things to do during the transport strikes so our time was occupied while we couldn’t move on. Veg picked from the garden and fresh eggs from the hens was available to purchase. A kitchen was available to cook with everything we required and a hot shower.