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This experimental farm has a lodge with nine rooms, a bunkhouse and a vegetarian restaurant. Activities include hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking and journeys to pre-Columbian ruins. The inn is involved in organic gardening, reforestation and conservation education.
* Near Chugchilán, Phone (593-3) 281-4587,
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The Eco Tourist
By Graham Holliday
Special to the Sunday Herald ©
25 May 2003

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'True ecotourism is the future of tourism,' says Michelle Kirby of the Black Sheep Inn, perched high in the Andes of Cotopaxi, Ecuador. 'Since 1995 we have seen a tremendous increase in nature-based tourism.'

Michelle and Andres arrived here in 1994 from the USA and transformed their mountain lodge into a recycler's dream. Shower water is charcoal filtered and nourishes the reeds that feed the llamas, guinea pigs and sheep. There's a vegetarian restaurant and composting toilets that fertilize the organic garden.

'I loved the feeling of isolation,' says Irene Grainger a recent visitor. With an average of ten visitors a night, the inn doesn't get cramped, but at 12,500ft above sea level, altitude can be a problem. 'There were lots of excellent hikes to do. I did two easy ones since the altitude was a little hard on me.'

There's hiking, horse riding and llama treks, ranging from half-hour to full-day excursions, through the stunning Andean mountains. Treks take in the varied micro-climates of Chugchilán, the sierras of Rio Toachi Canyon, the wildlife haven of Cloud Forest and pre-Inca ruins.

June, July and August are the best months to visit. 'June is a fantastic time to visit as it is the end of the rainy season,' says Michelle. 'The countryside is vibrant shades of green, yet the weather is sunny and clear.'

Black Sheep Inn, PO Box 05-01-240, Chugchilán, Cotopaxi, Ecuador. (00593 3 281 4587),,, rooms cost £12 to £24 per night.

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Eco Club Eco Lodge Award
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