Otavalo, Central Highlands, Ecuador
At a Glance
One of the oldest haciendas in Ecuador
Attractive mountain setting, and lush gardens to stroll through
Each room is unique, and furnished with antiques
Within easy reach of the famous Otavalo Indian market
Friendly hospitality and authentic hacienda experience
Best time to Visit
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All year round destination. Due to its position on the equator and its altitude, Quito’s temperature varies greatly between night and day. Daytime temperatures average 23-25ºC, while at night temperatures drop to around 10ºC. In general, days are clear in the morning and cloud over in the afternoon, with rain common in the afternoon. The drier season runs from the end of May to the end September, with another brief summertime in early December (which coincides nicely with the city’s fiestas).
To start planning your vacation to Hacienda Cusin
Hacienda Cusin is a restored 17th century estate with charming accommodation set in beautiful grounds in the high Andes, just 90 minutes north of Ecuador's capital Quito and 20 minutes south of the famous indigenous market town of Otavalo.
The 17th Century hacienda was converted into a charming country inn by its English owners in 1990, preserving its history and ambience. The terracotta tile roofs, winding cobblestone pathways, courtyards and perennial gardens make Hacienda Cusin a beautiful place to stay in the heart of the picturesque Ecuadorian highlands.
There are 25 cosy rooms, suites and cottages, all with fabulous garden and snow-capped mountain views. The individually styled rooms have retained many of the original features and an air of traditional Ecuador with log-burning fireplaces, high-beamed ceilings and fine Andean Craft furnishings. There is also a bar, dining room and two acres of beautiful gardens to enjoy.
The highland region in which Hacienda Cusin sits is a playground for adventure enthusiasts, and in particular is popular with mountain bikers. A number of exhilarating trails can be found and guided excursions can be arranged to suit a range of abilities. Hiking is also a popular activity in the area and we would highly recommend a visit to nearby Otavalo for its famous market selling traditional Andean crafts, alpaca goods, food and a host of other trinkets and souvenirs.
Each individually decorated guest room includes a bathroom with hair-dryer, beamed ceiling, log-burning fireplaces, antiques and/or Andean-craft furnishings, armchairs, writing desk, and either garden or mountain views.
Children are welcome at the hotel, and babysitting can be arranged upon request, but there are no specific facilities or interconnecting rooms.
Walking and hiking, horse riding, mountain biking and visiting Otavalo market.
Sarah Lee (Staff)
I really enjoyed my stay at Hacienda Cusin and thought it was an excellent base from which to explore the stunning countryside to the north of Quito, to chill out and relax and also visit the famous market town of Otavalo. The Hacienda has so much history and is fascinating to wander around and explore not only the old farm buildings but also the beautifully tended grounds. The dining room is quite something with lots of wonderful old historic paintings and photographs to have a nosy at and a cosy atmosphere. As Hacienda Cusin is a historic hacienda it doesn’t quite have all the mod cons in the rooms or communal however for those looking for an authentic hacienda experience then I think this would be perfect. The rooms are not overly luxurious but very comfortable indeed and in keeping with the style and feel of the property showcasing regional Andean arts. Some of the external rooms can get chilly in the evenings however they provide extra heaters and warm Alpaca rugs if need be.
Location & directions
Otavalo, Central Highlands, Ecuador
Hacienda Cusín is situated 20-minutes south of Ecuador’s market town of Otavalo, near San Pablo lake.
How to get there
14-hour 45-minutes international flight to Quito's Mariscal Sucre International Airport, followed by a 90-minute can transfer.