Welcome to the Hostal Runa Huasi!
The town of Salasaca is about half an hour by bus, from Ambato on the way to (Pelileo) Banos. Just ask the driver to leave you in Salasaca at the first gas station and then ask a local to point you towards Hostal Runa Huasi or Senor Alonso Pilla. There is also a cooperative of pickup trucks (taxis) to take you to the hostal in Manzamapamba Chico.
The hostal is located next to the viewpoint PUNTA RUMY (sacred stone) and DIABLO CAMA (Devil´s bed), sacred places of the Salasaca Indians. The Salasacas, are descendants of the Incas. Here, the Incas came to ask their gods to improve their musical ability and their voices so that they would be the best messenger among the villages.
The Inca Rumiñau passed through this place after the death of Atahualpa in the war with the Spaniards. Rumiñahui, with the people of his community brought many treasures to hide in the mountain called LLANAGANATE.
The Apus or Apukunas also lived in this region. The Apus were knowledgeable people, and strongly opposed the aggression of the mestizos, defending their communities.
The Hostal Runa Huasi (indigenous house) is owned and operated by the Pilla Family, Indigenous Salasacan Indians and Artisans.
Hostal Runa Huasi provides authentic indigenous experience in a beautiful Andean setting. Stop by and learn from the Pilla family about the history and culture of the salasacas.
Tour the countryside visiting sacred sites and learning about the local medicinal plants. Visit with the locals and see them making traditional weavings and crafts.
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- Traditional folk music of the salasacas: 20h - 21h, friday, saturday and sunday, with the group Amaruk and other groups
- Typical weavings of the Salasacas
- Purchase of crafts in the salasaca market every day
- Short courses in the carding and spinning of wool (from sheep) as well as instruction in how to make small bracelets on the traditional back-strap loom
- Small chats about the legends, stories, myths and daily life of the Salasacas
- Preparation of the typical foods and the natives' exotic drinks as the chicha de jora (drink of corn, ASHUA in quichua), Chawar mishqui, chicha aloja, guayusa, canelazo, chicha de capuli, etc.
You will have an unforgettable experience with the Pilla family and friends!