Three healthy balanced homecooked meals seven days a week
You are served breakfast, lunch and dinner including a wide variety of healthy, local and international cuisine. We can cater to vegetarian, vegan, pescatarian and gluten free diets and do our best to accommodate most other dietary considerations. Breakfast can range from yogurt and granola fruit bowls to typical Ecuadorian favorites such as bolon de verde (plaintain and cheese dumpling) with eggs. Lunch is typically more substantial since dinner is served in the evening after class. Most lunches begin with soup followed by a main course such as chicken, rice and beans or fish and vegetables, and salads. Dinners are hearty and delicious and vary nightly as we try to offer a healthy and balanced diet. You may get a generous portion of meat one day and more vegetables and fish another day. We provide snacks as well as sodas and beer for a minimal fee. There is free coffee, tea and purified water. Bottled water is also available for sale.
Your cabana is cleaned twice a week and restocked with fresh bath linens. Bed linens are changed once a week. A schedule of cleaning days is provided, on which days we ask that you please tidy up beforehand to help out the housekeeping staff. The communal areas are cleaned on a daily basis.
We do not provide an on-site laundry service. There is a service in which your clothes are picked up, washed and returned. The cost is $0.50 per pound. This process takes about two days. Please be aware that drying time varies depending on the weather. It is a big advantage if your clothes are made of materials that dry quickly. Alternatively, there is an economical laundry 10 mins walk Casa Cacique.
Some of you may have questions about the security of the site. Casa Cacique is a totally self-contained environment. It is fenced off and access is only possible through the front entrance, which is locked at night. The cabanas are secure and there is a night guard on patrol from 23h00 to 06h00. Since robbery is a possibility in almost every part of the world these days, we have taken the added precaution of providing digital strong boxes in each cabana. These allow you to store your passport, money and small valuables (cameras, etc) in total safety during your stay. Additionally, there is a fire extinguisher in each cabana and all buildings are non-smoking.
Our facilities consist of six cabanas arranged around the swimming pool and gardens. Each cabana is divided into an independent and private room with an en-suite bathroom. They are constructed of bamboo and cedar and have non-adjoining walls for added privacy. For an authentic feel, each cabana has been decorated with unique hand painted precolombian art that represents Ecuador's indigenous culture.
Each room has access to Wi-Fi internet, a multitude of windows with screens to help protect you from the outside elements while allowing for ample air flow. No buildings on-site have air-conditioning. Included in your private room you have a full-size bed with an orthopedic mattress and mosquito net, two bedside tables, a desk and chair, a rocking chair and a small fan. Your private bathroom includes a shower with hot water, tile flooring, good sized counter space with mirror and additional shelving. The hot and cold water is reliable. Your cabana is fully serviced.
You are only a stone's throw from the communal dining area, kitchen, resource centre and classrooms, all of which overlook the gardens. You have all three meals in the communal dining area, which can also be a great place to study and has a sufficient electrical outlets for your computers. Attached to the dining room is the resource centre, stocked with office supplies including three networked desktop computers, three color printers and a copy machine. We ask that you use these supplies sparingly and for study purposes only.