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Hacienda Zuleta

Nr Otavalo, Ecuador

Dating from the late 16th century, the historic Hacienda Zuleta lies in the spectacular Andean mountain range of Ecuador at 9,600 feet above sea level, and only two hours north of Quito and one hour from the famous indigenous market town of Otavalo.

At a Glance

  • Delicious Ecuadorian cuisine is created from fresh ingredients from Zuleta's organic garden

  • Offers mountain bikes and a horse drawn carriage for trips around the hacienda grounds to visit the working farm

  • Authentic hacienda experience with all the creature comforts - a wonderful place to relax and enjoy the rural surroundings

  • Most rooms also have a wood burning fire - a cosy and intimate atmosphere

  • Family run, working hacienda set at 2,800m with lots of history, in the tiny village of Angochuagua

Culture, Riding

Insider's View

On a hike or horseback ride to the Condor Huasi rehabilitation project you may be lucky enough to see wild condors or even a bespectacled bear.

Katie Aston

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Description

Hacienda Zuleta is a 4,000 acre colonial working ranch that has belonged to the family of a former Ecuadorian president for more than 100 years. Surrounded by the natural beauty of the Andes Mountains and fertile farming valleys, Zuleta is a great option for lovers of horse riding or walking. Although more remote than other haciendas in the Otavalo area, the effort is worth it to see the Ecuadorian countryside in its full glory.

As the structure of the original colonial building could not be drastically changed, every room has its different shape and charm. All are individually decorated with antiques, authentic family pictures and hand embroidered linens - again transmitting the feeling of a private home.

Local farm workers are only too pleased to show guests the dairy and cheese factory, organic garden, tree nursery, trout farm, an embroidery workshop owned by the indigenous community, and the successful condor-recuperation and raising project.

Wonderful Ecuadorian cuisine is created from fresh ingredients from Zuleta's organic garden and farm, and is carefully prepared by hand. Other facilities include lovely gardens, cosy living and reading rooms, horse-riding, mountain bikes and horse drawn carriage rides.

Accommodation

Every room has a different shape and charm, which brings a unique feeling of Ecuadorean culture. Individually decorated with antiques, authentic family pictures and hand embroidered linens, the guest rooms give the feeling of a private home. Rooms have beautiful garden and mountain views and some provide access to private gardens, terraces or a courtyard where hummingbirds feed. Suites are available for families and adjoining rooms are also available.

Childcare

Children are very welcome at Hacienda Zuleta. Babysitting can be arranged upon request, and suites for families and adjoining rooms are available.

Facilities

Satellite TV, movies and games are available at any time in one of the living rooms, as well as coffee, soft drinks and a bar service. WiFi is available in some parts of the farm house and a computer with 24/7 internet service is also available for guests.

Activities

Miles of meandering trails through lush pastureland, pine trees and a eucalyptus forest make the valley of Zuleta a paradise for outdoor activities, such as hiking and trekking in Ecuador. Zuleta has twenty Zuleteño bred horses, mountain bikes and a horse drawn carriage upon which you can explore the area.

Location & Directions

Nr Otavalo, Ecuador

Located between 2870 and 3050 meters above sea level in the Andean mountains of Northern Ecuador and 110 kilometers north of Quito.

When to go

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).

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