What is ‘La Minga’?

Before local governments were expected to build roads, supply water and create parks, the local people would come together, en-mass, to achieve the task. In the process, community spirit was strengthened and personal relationships were formed. This, is the ‘Minga’.

This word that is synonymous of reciprocity and solidarity. It belongs to the indigenous Kichwa people and, with the leadership of Padre Antonio Polo, has brought people together with enthusiasm and hard work, making Salinas what it is today.

In the same way, ‘La Minga’ Hostal came together through the joint efforts of Vasconez family, transforming their old property into the vibrant hostel that you see today.


We are able to accomodate up to 32 people in La Minga Hostal and frequently take group bookings.

Available Rooms:

  • 5x Double Rooms
  • 1x Twin Rooms
  • 3x Triple Rooms
  • 1x Dormitory (4 people)
  • 2x Dormitory (5 people)

All rooms include:

  • Private Bathroom
  • Hot Showers (boiler-heated)
  • WiFi
  • Cable Television
  • Hot Water for Tea & Coffee

More space is also available at our nearby apartment, please contact us for more details.


We strongly recommend you book ahead of time (especially during festivals), to avoid being disappointed

Dormitory: $10 per person
Private Room: $12 per person
Festivals*: $18 per person (including breakfast)

*Carnaval (February) & Cheese Festival (November)

Other Information

  • Breakfast: 7.30-9am ($3)
  • Check out time: 1pm
  • Based in the central plaza of Salinas de Guaranda, you are within easy walking distance of the town’s shops, restaurants and tourist center. There are many free and guided tours available


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