Madre Tierra Ecuador Review
by June Mills
Madre Tierra is a beautiful place to experience Ecuador. I have traveled around to the various hotels, hosterias, resorts and spas throughout the Vilcabamba Valley. I had the opportunity to stay at Madre Tierra with my husband for three nights and four days. What a wonderful experience in every way. The views are exquisite and the ambiance and views within this resort are equally notable and beautiful.
The room we had was very nice: clean, attractive, comfortable with a private bathroom —as all rooms feature. Each room also has a nice outdoor space with a patio, chairs, and most likely a colorful, relaxing hammock.
Of course, we had to participate in the various offerings at the beautiful Spa itself. What luxury!! And, with prices you will hardly believe! So reasonable, that you could do everything they offer there.
Madre Tierra’s food is delicious, affordable, and freshly prepared each day with vegetarian options (for me) and some healthful meat options (for my husband).
The entire Staff is great—happy, polite, caring and they attend to your ever need. Owners, Peter & Gail Fox are outstanding, caring people as well.
Madre Tierra’s Conference Center is perfect for so many things. I have attended a Concert by some of the Symphony Players from Loja, a Birthday Party, a Yoga session, and a formal class from a renowned Presenter. (If I conducted a class in this area, I would certainly consider having it at Madre Tierra. Afterall, the attendees could lodge there, have spa treatments, great food, gorgeous scenery and so many choices of things to do—as well as attend ‘your great class’!
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Madre Tierra is a jewel located in the south of Ecuador. To all world travelers whose idea of adventure includes affordable yet unique accommodations, fresh healthy meals, relaxing spa treatments, and nearby trails for hiking, biking, and horseback riding, you will want to add Madre Tierra (Mother Earth) Resort & Spa to your list of destinations to visit. Located a mile north of Vilcabamba (Sacred Valley), Ecuador, an Andean village known for the longevity of its citizens, Madre Tierra has attracted thousands of international visitors including visionary artists, writers, healers, entrepreneurs, students and teachers of ecology to those who simply seek a more peaceful and sustainable lifestyle. It’s no wonder they are a winner of the Tripadvisor Travelers’ Choice Award 5 years in a row along with being ranked the #1 Hotel in Vilcabamba, and were a World Travel Awards’ finalist for Best Hotel and Spa Resort.
Madre Tierra Accommodations
Visitors can choose from an array of rooms, some more spacious with king/queen beds & private patios, others more compact with double, single, and bunk beds & shared patios. There are also family size rooms that can accommodate up to 6 people. While each room is artistically unique, they all have private baths and hot water. Room rates depend on length of stay, number of guests, and seasonal adjustments, and include a free, wholesome breakfast for each guest. They also have several package deals available, which include dinners, spa services, and free ground transport to and from the nearest airports. Madre Tierra’s Conference Center accommodates 100 people, and hosts events ranging from seminars to concerts, art, dance, and theater. The resort can be rented out as a retreat center for workshops and seminars, and can comfortably sleep up to 50 guests on site. Those who don’t want to totally disconnect from the world at large will be relieved to know that cell phone reception is good throughout the area, and wifi internet access is available both at the resort and at several internet cafés in town.
Madre Tierra Wellness
Once you’ve settled in, you’ll want to check out the Spa and Wellness Centers’ menu of services, from massage and reflexology to facials, hair treatments, and pedicures. If you need to detoxify (and who doesn’t), you’ll enjoy soaking in the organic clay bath, the foot bath, and the jacuzzi, or simply sweating in the Turkish steam bath. For the more serious detoxers among you, the colon cleanse will leave you feeling revitalized and ready to start filling up again.
Madre Tierra Food is Fabulous
Thanks to Madre Tierra’s commitment to health and well-being, filling-up is fun and nourishing. The restaurant is open from 8:30am to 8pm and includes a juice/smoothie/cocktail bar featuring the freshest fruits available, along with the option of raw milk. Lunch and dinner are offered from 11am-8pm and options include soups, salads, several choices of burgers, sandwiches, and pizzas for meat lovers and vegetarians alike. Entrees include crepes, pastas, steaks, chicken, and fish. All ingredients are as fresh as possible, thanks to the local farms and weekly farmers’ market in town.
Madre Tierra Location
Located at an elevation of 5000 ft., Madre Tierra enjoys a year-round climate that ranges from 75°- 84°F by day and 60°F by night. The drier season is July to November, with wetter weather from February through April. Surrounded by many microclimates, one can visit the continental divide of the Andes and its cloud forests to the East, descending further east into one of the most bio-diverse rainforests of the Amazon Basin. To the west is the sacred mountain Mandango, beyond which are deserts, and more mountains and valleys. Locally, you’ll enjoy hiking, biking and horse riding as you explore trails through lush forests, open plains, along rivers, lakes, and under waterfalls. The town of Vilcabamba is only a 15-minute walk, or a quick $1.25 taxi ride, away. There, you can enjoy cultural events, a bit of nightlife, and visiting a lovely assortment of shops and restaurants. There’s also an active and growing ex-pat community with its spontaneous friendly gatherings at cafés and parks. And if you feel like staying “home” and your timing is right, there may be an event or seminar at the Resort’s conference center.
Madre Tierra a Beautiful Vacation
If Madre Tierra Resort & Spa sounds like a place you’d like to visit, then you’ll be glad to know how easy it is to get there. International flights can be booked to either Quito or Guayaquil , where you can take a domestic flight to the closest city Loja (pronounced Loh). There, you can easily find a taxi to take you on the 90-minute scenic ride to Vilcabamba and Madre Tierra. To enter Ecuador, all you need is a passport. You will be issued a 90-day visitor visa upon arrival. Fortunately, mosquitos are very rare in Quito, Guayaquil, and Vilcabamba so vaccinations are NOT recommended. Best of all, Ecuador’s official currency is the U.S. dollar. ATM’s are plentiful in the cities, and Vilcabamba currently has 4. You’ll want to travel with smaller bill denominations ($20 and under) as vendors often can’t make change for larger bills, and many will not accept credit/debit cards due to the high fees they are charged.
Be sure and check-out Madre Tierra Resort & Spa’s excellent website with detailed photos of the rooms and resort grounds, along with aerial videos of the resort and surrounding area, including the town of Vilcabamba. Don’t miss the FAQ page as it’s filled with important details that you’ll need to know to make your trip the stress-free dream vacation that you’re longing for. Adios amigo!! Adios amiga!! Enjoy your trip to paradise!