Rio Blanco Bed and Brew

rio blanco bed and brew

Rio Blanco Bed and Brew

Rio Blanco Bed and Brew

Where: Otavalo, Ecuador

Cool Factor: Tour operator Nicole Will of Amazon Andes Sky swears by this budget hotel located 10 minutes outside a North Andean city known for its large South American indigenous market. Originally from the U.S. state of Georgia, owners Julian and Casandra brew their own ales, lagers and stouts, which they serve in the evenings in the landscaped "beer garden"; breakfast often has a Southern twist (where else can you get grits in Ecuador?). "When they have guests, you can find them at night in the back garden with a fire blazing and Julian strumming his guitar, taking requests from the group," Will says. All rooms, each decorated with local artwork to represent the elements, have private bathrooms.

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