After staying at the Black Sheep Inn in Chugchilan, I rode in a truck with two llamas along a winding road overlooking gaping chasms, gorgeous farmland, and rivers to the remote town of Isinlivi, which is at a slightly lower elevation, and therefore a bit warmer and less wind-swept than the Black Sheep Inn at Chugchilan, but no less beautiful. This was one of my favorite places on this trip. There's not much to do there, but that's sort of the point, isn't it? One wouldn't come here to go nightclubbing. But there's so much to soak in: treks, relaxing, reading books, enjoying the quiet countryside, going to the Don Bosco Woodworking Shop, feeding the llamas, visiting remote Andean churches, hiking along streams, visiting the Andean farmers; does this sound fantastic to you? This is about as great as retreats get, and the perfect antidote to my busy life.
Like Black Sheep Inn, Llullu Llama (http://www.llullullama.com/) is also an eco-lodge. Hostal Llullu Llama was once a traditional farmhouse and is now converted in a romantic Hostal Llullu Llama mountain hostel high up in the Andes of Ecuador.