Cotacachi Cares

by | Nov 10, 2008 | Archives

The first reason we love Cotacachi and this part of Ecuador is that the people of Cotacachi care.

Our last two messages along with this one have been touring along with one of our tours.

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Here is a short story that exemplifies how Cotacachi cares.

This took place at the El Meson breakfast which is included in the inn’s room fee and given to all course delegates.

Many Americans and Canadians think of free breakfast as serve yourself boxed cold cereal and pastries served on cellulose plates lined up in a barren room with a TV blasting. Come and get it…on your own stuff.

Not here in Cotacachi. The breakfast is fully served including coffee, tea or herbal tea, eggs, toast, fresh fruit and each day a different juice…nothing canned or bottled…real juice squeezed from the ripe fruit just before it is served…plus bacon or ham…cooked to order.

There are people back there in the kitchen cooking and serving.

The staff sets the tables so they are almost works of art. This in a small way shows how Cotacachi cares… yet this is not the story.


The art work includes the butter.


The staff makes this from fresh, local, raw milk and adds the artwork from special molds they had carved in the village.


Yet this is not the story either. The story is in the raw milk which is also served in the Cafe con Leche (milky coffee).

On this tour the milk somehow tasted better…richer…more buttery?

We asked Eduardo…the head waiter who looks after the fruits, juices and turns breakfasts into art forms.

Here is Eduardo serving.


“Madam”…he told Merri. “I visited the dairies here and chose this one because the pasture is better.”

Eduardo had taken the time (not my idea…his) to go out and inspect the pasture land for the milk they use to make the butter and coffee.

That’s Cotacachi. That’s care.


Join us at a course in Cotacachi or on Ecuador’s coast this winter.

Jan. 16-21 Ecuador Spanish Course
Jan. 22-23 Imbabura Real Estate Tour
Jan. 24-27 Coastal Real Estate Tour

We’ll visit the Otavalo markets.


Feb. 13-15 International Business & Investing Made EZ
Feb. 16-17 Imbabura Real Estate Tour


Courses are centered around this open air courtyard in our colonial inn El Meson de las Flores.

March 8-9 Imbabura Real Estate Tour
March 10-15 Ecuador Export Expedition
March 16-19 Coastal Real Estate Tour

You are also invited to tag along to the beach where we visit all types of Ecuador beach property for sale. Here is one f our previous tours enjoying a visit to Vistazul condos.


Better still join us all year in Ecuador! See our entire schedule of 26 courses, tours, mingos and expeditions we’ll conduct in 2009.