Killa Wasi means House of the Moon and you will have to visit to find out why this ancient Kichwa phrase is a perfect fit for the first modern hostel in Alausi.
Killa Wasi is located on an organic farm that shares a beautiful valley with the famous Nariz del Diablo train in the Andes that borders Sangay National Park.
The Devils Nose train steams past Killa Wasi’s spacious 3.5 acre (14,164 square meter) perimeter three times a day which adventurous backpackers can follow on a trail beside the tracks as it disappears behind the mountains next bend.
Guests can also wander the property and learn about permaculture farming without pesticides (not to mention sample a few fruits) or chillout with other backpackers in the picturesque courtyard.
Price per Night
– $25 USD per night for private room for couples
– $9 USD per night for clean, warm and comfortable dormitory beds
– $5 USD per night for camping spots
*includes use of fully stocked kitchen, clean bathrooms and hot showers, as well as free high-speed wifi access anywhere in the courtyard.
Alausi Tourist Attractions
The photogenic village of Alausi is a place where cobblestone streets and colonial Spanish architecture mixes with thriving indigenous Kichwa culture and marketplaces. While Alausi’s main attraction is the Nariz del Diablo train and the giant statue of San Pedro the town and Killa Wasi Hostel also serve as the perfect base-camp to get off the beaten track in Sangay National Park.The Ozogoche Lakes
Also known as “Bird Suicide Lake” because of the flocks of migrating plovver birds that kamikaze into this archipelego of 45 separate lakes and lagoons located at 3,700 meters. The Ozogoche Lake Complex is located in Sangay National Park 40 minutes drive from Alausi.
The Ecuadorian Inca Trail
The “Camino del Inca” takes trekkers on an ancient trail through Sangay National Park to the inca ruins of Ingapirka. The trail starts at Achupallas which is half an hours drive from Alausi.
Trek to Pyramid Puñay
The ancient Pyramid of Puñay is a pre-incan pyramid built by the Cañari people and located on the peak of a mountain located 45 minutes drive from Alausi.
How to get to AlausiThe cheap and reliable “CTA” Cop. Trans. Alausi leaves from major cities to Alausi frequently and lets you off at the main square in the center of town.
Quito – Alausi Cost $5.00
7:25am, 9:25am, 12:15pm, 5:25pm
Guayaquil – Alausi cost $5.00
6:15am, 9:30am, 1:00pm, 4:00pm
Cuenca – Alausi Cost $5.00
Riobamba – Alausi Cost $1.90
Every hour from 7am until 6pm
Once you arrive in Alausi take a taxi to “la Quinta de Brian Rivadeneira” which is the farm where Killa Wasi is located. The taxi will cost $1.50.