Hostel Cotopaxi

Secret Garden

Hostel Cotopaxi

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15:17 08 May 24
15:58 07 May 24
Great place to visit near Quito. It is cold a little bit there, but the nature and views are magnificent.Highly recommended! Many thanks for personnel and volunteers working there, you rock!We will come back 100%
Angela PerrymanAngela Perryman
15:06 06 May 24
Very much a youth hostel vibe, but well done. It's in a beautiful area, and they've integrated the hostel into the landscape quite nicely.
alexis Tayloralexis Taylor
17:37 05 May 24
AMAZING!!!! It's an awesome place with the most beautiful views and staff!!! I'll definitely be back!
Taylor DunlapTaylor Dunlap
14:49 05 May 24
INCREDIBLE place!!! absolute magic. wish i could've stayed longer. Everything you need in one place, amazing food, and even better staff!!! I will be back again 🙂
19:44 28 Apr 24
3 perfect days!We were made welcome as soon as we arrived - a welcome drink plus a good lunch. The staff are always busy preparing food and keeping the place clean but they do it with a smile!Pizza night was incredible - ten types!If you have a dietary requirement the staff will prepare something suitable for you.The hikes and horse riding were fun, and the atmosphere was friendly.I recommend ' Secret Garden ' in Cotopaxi!
Chance CostelloChance Costello
21:50 23 Apr 24
We had a fantastic experience at the Secret Garden Cotopaxi, easily the best hosteling experience we’ve ever had. The staff are all friendly and helpful, from the volunteers and the front desk staff to the chefs, maintenance workers, and those cleaning the rooms. The location is unbeatable, with incredible views of Cotopaxi and the surrounding volcanoes. We would say staying at SG Cotopaxi is an essential part of any trip to Ecuador!
Kim McCarthyKim McCarthy
23:30 26 Mar 24
Beyond expectations. From the moment you arrive you are greeted with a warm welcome, and if you're lucky and there are no clouds, an incredible view.The hostel is set in a beautiful location with wonderful gardens enhancing the already spectacular vistas.A friendly, family vibe is the best way to describe the atmosphere, with a shared lunch followed by a waterfall hike quickly breaking the ice for new arrivals. The waterfall walk is do much fun.The food is freshly and lovingly made by the staff, with good portions. Hot drinks, water, banana and banana bread are available for free all day if the meals and snacks included aren't enough to keep you full.The volunteers are great and constantly making sure everyone is ok and well fed. The place is spotless and runs like clockwork.The rooms are comfortable, with plenty of blankets to keep you warm and more than enough bathrooms. The outside ones are a particular delight offering views as you shower, or use the toilet.There are hammocks, a yoga space and jacuzzi if you want to relax in your downtime between activities, and of course you can always visit the llamas.In only 3 days the place felt like home.
Umesh KaushalUmesh Kaushal
12:46 04 Mar 24
This was one of my favorite spots we’ve ever stayed in for vacation. The location is beautiful and very convenient to the main hikes. Every morning we had picturesque views of the mountains including Cotopaxi. The guides here are amazing, including the dogs that come on hikes. The food was great, especially because they accommodate for vegetarians and vegans. An unforgettable aspect was the hobbit room we stayed in and all of the facilities they offer like a jacuzzi, a yoga room, tons of hammocks, a common area to meet other travelers, and of course the llama field where you can feed them banana peels.
Madelyn EvansMadelyn Evans
21:17 12 Feb 24
One of the best hostels I've stayed at in my entire life! We had incredible views of the Cotopaxi Volcano and the main lodge is incredibly cozy. We enjoyed lots of tea, hot chocolate, banana bread, roasting marshmallows by the fire, and the home cooked meals were delicious! The Hobbit Home was super cozy and warm at night as well - possibly the comfiest bed I've ever slept in. The staff were all extremely kind and helpful. It was a wonderful and peaceful escape. Could not recommend The Secret Garden more - it was truly a dream to stay there.

Welcome To The Secret Garden

Rated Top 1% Worldwide On TripAdvisor

Welcome to the enchanting world of Secret Garden Hostel Cotopaxi, your gateway to unparalleled adventure and relaxation in the stunning surroundings of Cotopaxi Volcano.

Nestled in the heart of Ecuador’s picturesque landscapes, our hostel offers a unique and unforgettable experience for travelers seeking the perfect blend of comfort, nature, and excitement.

If you’re dreaming of a getaway unlike any other, our lodge, cabanas, and charming hobbit homes await you. Whether you’re a solo explorer, a group of thrill-seekers, or a family yearning for a memorable vacation, we have the perfect accommodation to suit your needs.

If you book at least two nights, you will get our 3 Day – 2 Night package deal, which includes two activities, one-way transportation and more...

Don't miss out on our limited-time offer!

When booking any of our 3 days / 2 night deals, if you extend for a third night you will get 50% off on that extra night!

This offer is applicable for our dorms for any stay of 3 or more nights and private accomodation 50% off on the third night and further discount on more nights.


A spacious, mixed dorm for 8 to 10 guests with heating.

A Hill House with spectacular views in every direction.


The Private Cabañas

Comfortable 2-level cabins, private bathroom, wood stove place.


Buried into the side of the mountain overlooking the croquet lawn.


The Birdhouses

Our “Birdhouses” are nestled up in the trees in a secluded part of the property.


Includes all the meals, plus an activity and the use of bathrooms and the Jacuzzi.

Activities and Adventure

The Secret Garden, more than just a hostel in Cotopaxi

At The Secret Garden Cotopaxi, we offer a wide array of activities and experiences to cater to every traveler’s interests and sense of adventure. Whether you’re an adrenaline junkie, a nature enthusiast, or someone looking to unwind and enjoy the serene surroundings, we have something special for everyone.

Your vehicle leaves the hostel about 8.15am, returning by about 1.30pm. We have a quick tour of the National Park as we drive all the way up to the parking area at approx 4,600m.

Release the Cowboy/Cowgirl in you – across the high Andean plains. Leaving about 8.30am, you have a short 15 min drive.

Enchanted Forest and Waterfall Trek

Check out this Experience with the best views and activities close to Cotopaxi National Park.

Fancy standing on the summit of the world’s highest active volcano? At approx 5900m (nearly 19,000ft), this climb is a once in a lifetime experience.

Secret Garden Hostel Cotopaxi: the team

As you embark on your journey through the Ecuadorian Andes, our dedicated team is committed to ensuring every moment of your stay is nothing short of exceptional. Whether you’re setting off on thrilling hikes to explore the wonders of Cotopaxi National Park or simply looking to unwind and savor the beauty of nature, we have curated a range of activities to cater to every traveler’s desires.

Secret Garden Hostel Cotopaxi: Location

The Secret Garden Hostel Cotopaxi is located in the highlands of Ecuador, approximately 70 kilometres (43 miles) south of the capital city, Quito. It’s situated at an elevation of around 3,800 metres (12,500 feet) above sea level, offering guests a chance to experience the beauty and serenity of the Andean landscape.

The hostel is enveloped by the natural beauty of Cotopaxi National Park, which is renowned for its diverse ecosystems, including cloud forests, paramo landscapes, and the Cotopaxi volcano itself. Guests are treated to breathtaking panoramic views of the volcano’s snow-capped peak and the surrounding rugged terrain.

Access to The Secret Garden Hostel Cotopaxi may involve traveling on both paved and unpaved roads. The journey to the hostel can be an adventure in itself, taking you through scenic landscapes, picturesque villages, and offering glimpses of local culture.



Every way to make your trip memorable.