The Black Sheep Inn
L'Auberge Mouton Noir

Un Hötel Ecologique
¡ Bienvenidos – Welcome – Bienvenue !




Le Black Sheep Inn, perché dans les Andes de l'Equateur, est un hötel abordable, à philosophie écologique. Perché sur les flancs d'une colline, notre hötel est l'endroit parfait pour découvrir une culture inchangée depuis des siècles et des écosystèmes variés. Notre confortable pension offre des possibilités d'hébergement à des prix attractifs et est une base idéale pour des promenades d'une journée, à pied, à cheval ou à VTT, pour s'acclimater à l'altitude et découvrir des marchés typiques.

Ecotourism Ecuador Eco Certified HotelCertifié Ecologique par l'ASEC (Association Equatorienne pour l'Ecotourisme) et par le Ministère du Tourisme.

" Classé dans les 10 meilleurs Ecolodges du monde "
- Outside Magazine 2003

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Le Black Sheep Inn est une maison d'hötes qui offre une cuisine végétarienne raffinée à base des produits organiques de nos jardins. Notre maison d'hötes est parfaitement située pour les aventuriers, les voyageurs et les familles qui désirent vivre les vraies Andes équatoriennes. Découvrez dans notre site web pourquoi un séjour au Black Sheep Inn sera un summum de votre voyage en Amérique du Sud.

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« …Les chambres sont réparties dans différentes constructions, harmonieusement intégrées au cadre naturel.  Très agréables, joliment décorées et douillettes.  Celles du haut jouissent d'une vue sublime…  Toilettes avec compost et jardin organique (vous voyez en direct les effets de votre contribution aux engrais!).  Et quelques clins d'œil très rigolos.  Comme le coin w.-c. haut perché, avec baie vitrée et vue panoramique sur la montagne… Grande pièce commune avec coin cheminée, café et thé gratuits, accès Internet.  Sauna.  La cuisine est excellente, principalement végétarienne.  Bref, un projet vraiment réussi, et prouvant de surcroît qu'il est possible de construire en alliant respect de l'environnement, charme, confort et…humour ! »
 - Le Guide du Routard Equateur 2007-2008

« ...lovely multi-award-winning guesthouse... tasty vegetarian cooking... »
- Rough Guide to Ecuador 2007

« ...a truly special place to unwind...
If you're interested in ecotourism you'll fall in love with it.
- Lonely Planet Ecuador & the Galapagos 2006

«…un endroit unique pour décompresser quelques jours… »
- Lonely Planet Equateur 2003

« …Hautement recommandé »
- South American Handbook 2005

« …Une des plus belles régions d'Equateur… »
- Footprint's Equateur

« …délicieuse cuisine végétarienne, brownies faits maison, et un salon confortable plein de livres avec une vue à couper le souffle… »
- Rough Guide Equateur

The Black Sheep Inn – Récompensé pour son site web 2002
Le 27 Septembre 2002, nous avons été récompensé par le Ministère du Tourisme de l'Equateur pour la création d'un site touristique 2002, i.e. Meilleur Site !

   écotourisme Amerik Aventure
   écotourisme et Aventures Culturelles
   En Amérique Latine et Canada, depuis 1996


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Home front page, welcome to the site
Reservations Book your stay at the inn

Book a room 
Room Options 
Booking Policies 
What's Included 
Contact Us

About history of the inn, and the owners -- Michelle and Andres

Mission  What makes Black Sheep Inn an ecological hotel?
History of the inn
Awards won by the inn for conservation & ecotourism
In the News  Articles about Black Sheep Inn
Friends  Links to friends and partners
Ecotourism in Ecuador  Links to Ecuadorian eco-friendly organizations
Ecotourism Internationally  Links to the wider world of ecotourism

Black Sheep Around the World  Other 'Black Sheep' operations

Ecological Conservation The permaculture and conservation projects we maintain at the inn

Concrete Goals  What we're trying to accomplish
Philosophy  Where we're coming from
Composting Toilets  Our inn uses all dry composting toilets
Solar Pump  A solar water pumping solution for watering gardens
Recycling  Our systems for recycling at the inn
Peramculture  Organic gardens, water supply and conservation, education
Tree Planting  Reforesting with indigenous species

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Community Ecology Promoting permaculture and recycling in the local community

Education  Raising awareness of the environment, training best practices
Recycling Center  Founding and running the local town's recycling program
Iliniza Reserve  Our efforts to help save the Iliniza Ecological Reserve
What is Ecotourism?  Towards a strong, useful definition of ecotourism

The Lodge Our lodge, rooms, and services

Features  of all rooms
Deluxe Room  Private room with private bathroom and shower
Standard Room  Private room with shared bathroom and shower
Bunkhouse  Shared Dormitory, shared bathroom and shower

Food, Services and Features Overview
Vegetarian Cuisine  Vegetarian breakfast, lunch and dinner are included
Snacks  Oatmeal cookies, brownies, bananna cake, cheese plate, more
Beer, Wine, Soda  A wide selection of wines, lots of pilsner beer
Yoga Studio  Bright open space for relaxation, with a huge deck
Sauna and Hot Tub  Wood-stove fueled sauna and soaking tub
Gymnasium  Free Weights and execrise bars
Animals  Lllamas, sheep, pigs, goats, rabbits.  All friendly beasts
Book Exchange  and ecotourism, travel reference libraries
Internet  We have a satellite link
Waterslide  Of death
Zipline  A 100 meter cable suspended above the hillside
Orientation  Maps, directions and hiking advice
Games  Frisbee Golf, volleyball, board gamse, horseshoes
Stars  No light pollution means amazing night skies

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Recommended Itinerary We suggest a plan for visiting the volcanoes and Lake Quilotoa

Day 1 - Quito To Cotopaxi
Day 2 - Cotopaxi Natl Park
Day 3 - Travel to BSI
Day 4 - Short Hikes
Day 5 - Horse Trek
Day 6 - Lake Quilotoa
Day 7 - Return to Quito

Options and Prices  Variations on the itinerary
Price List  for trips and services in itinerary
Local Indigenous Markets

The Area Highlights and sights to see in the Lake Quilotoa area

Cotopaxi  The world's highest active volcano
Lake Quilotoa  High altitude crater lake
Ilinizas Twin Peaks  Volcanoes north of Black Sheep Inn
Rio Toachi Canyon  Passes Lake Quilotoa and heads north
Canyon Plateau  Beautiful open expanse above the canyon
Chinalo Workshop  Local mission and furniture workshop
Local Markets  Several markets are close by the inn
Cloud Forest  Part of the Iliniza Ecological Reserve
Paramó Cheese Factory  In the high grasslands

Local People  Traditional culture and farming techniques
Views from the Inn  Sit on the deck and watch the world go by

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Getting Here Options for bus or private car to get to the inn

Geting a Ride  Bus or private jeep
Bus Schedule - getting here 
Bus Schedule - departing 
Private Transport  Prices and recommendations

In Your Own Vehicle 
Driving Directions  based on driving from Quito, or from Latacunga
    Out of Quito    via Guayasamin Tunnel 
    Out of Quito    via El Trebol cloverleaf
    Quilotoa Loop    Northern Route 
    Quilotoa Loop    Southern Route 

Renting a Vehicle 

Day Hikes A wide variety of hikes to see the area

Lake Quilotoa  The famous crater lake itself
Rio Toachi Canyon  Options for up and down the river
Canyon Plateau  Fantastic views above the canyon
Paramó & Cloud Forest  High grasslands and high altitude rain forest
Ridge Hike  Short hike above & around the inn
Guantualo Market  Hike across the canyon

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Other Activities What to do while you stay at the inn

Horseback Riding  Trips for novice or expert
Mountain Biking  Several routes to choose
Local Markets  Many markets are within driving distance
Sauna & Hot Tub  Wood-stove-fired system
Zipline  Fly on a steel cable above the hillside
Waterslide  Of death
Yoga  self-led, or just relax in the hammocks
Frisbee Golf  World's highest frisbee golf course
Animals  Friendly llamas, sheep, pigs, chickens

Volunteer Opportunites to volunteer, and job openings

Volunteer Positions
      Yoga Instructor  Teach yoga and stay for free!
      Massage Trainer  Train local masseuses.
      Management Intern  Learn the ropes, manage the lodge.
      Community - Volunteer/Donate  Chugchilán community projects.

Paid Positions
      Tree Surgeon  We have some really big trees that need pruned.
      Managers  Long-term commitment, preferably a couple

History -- past managers

Reservations Book your stay at the inn

Book a room 
Room Options 
Booking Policies 
What's Included 
Contact Us

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Carbon Offset Program

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 This Carbon Calculator is sponsored by the Black Sheep Inn and your donation will partly help us to go off the electrical grid and go solar.
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Andres Hammerman & Michelle Kirby
The Black Sheep Inn
Un Hotel Ecologique
P.O. Box 05-01-240
Chugchilan, Cotopaxi, Equateur
Amérique du Sud
Tel : (593) 3 – 270-8077
or cell (593) 9 963-5405:
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SKY Magazine
Top 10
* May 2009 *

Eco Club Eco Lodge Award
2006 & 2008

Ecotourism Award Skal International

Responsible Tourism Best in Mountain

Smithsonian Magazine Sustainable Tourism Winner

Tourism for Tomorrow Destination Finalist


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Last updated: September 21st, 2010