Its history stretching back three centuries, this is one of Ecuador’s oldest haciendas, frequented by travellers from far and wide. Close to the renowned Otavalo handicraft market, it’s perfect for those who want to immerse themselves in Andean culture and explore beyond the capital, Quito, just an hour and a half’s drive south on the Pan-American Highway.
.Decorated with local art and generously proportioned, each of the 30 suites here can sleep up to five, and most come with views over the tranquil gardens. There are fireplaces, sheepskin rugs and cosy blankets to keep warm – perfect for staying up wondering about the guests who’ve stayed at this former colonial textile factory, such as the country’s liberator himself, Simon Bolívar.
Live Andean music at the hacienda should get you in the mood for an afternoon exploring local crafts in the market or in villages outside the town. Staff here can help organise excursions and visits to the area’s superb lakes and mountains. Horse-riding, mountain biking and trekking can all be arranged, and perhaps best of all is a stroll through the verdant hotel grounds to admire the sunset over Imbabura Volcano.
After taking a drink in the bar and being guided through the hacienda’s rich history, you’ll settle down at your table in the old storage rooms – today converted into an atmospheric and impressive dining room with soaring ceilings and flickering fires. Fine wines are poured while local musicians begin to play, and a sumptuous supper of fresh fish, juicy meats and authentic Ecuadorian soups is served, followed by rich desserts.
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