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Hacienda Zuleta is a luxury boutique hotel set in delightful gardens on a 4,000-acre working farm. It’s situated on the edge of Zuleta village in the Andean mountains of Northern Ecuador and was once the home of the late president Galo Plaza Lasso.
This 16th-century hacienda has a homely atmosphere and combines historic charm with contemporary comforts. There are 21 spacious rooms (3 Standard Rooms, 11 Deluxe Rooms, and 7 Junior Suites) complete with bold colors, high-quality linen, wooden floors, a wood-burning stove, and views over the garden. Bathrooms feature relaxing tubs and candles. Some suites have a private garden.
Farm produce is at the forefront and every evening spreads of food are laid out by the fireplaces for guests to sample. In addition, there’s a cheese museum on the farm, and in the evening you can sample wine and local cheeses.
There’s plenty to keep you busy from horse riding, mountain biking, horse-drawn carriage rides, or an embroidery class in the village.
Hacienda Zuleta Information
Location & Getting There
The hotel is located in the Imbabura Province in the Ecuadorian Andes an hour from Otavalo and 110 km north of Quito. Mariscal Sucre Airport is less than an hour away.
All the rooms are located in the main building of the hotel and feature queen or king-size beds and ensuite bathrooms with large tubs. Each room is individually designed with traditional décor, embroidered linens, family photographs, and antiques. Some rooms have access to private gardens, terraces, or a courtyard. Suites or adjoining rooms are available for families.
As well as horse riding, mountain biking, hiking, and bird watching, there is an Andean Condor reserve, a cheese museum, dairy and trout farms, waterfalls, and ancient earth pyramids all located within the grounds. Zuleta is famous for its embroidery and you can visit local craft shops to buy gifts to take home.
Hacienda Zuleta is a wonderful place for families. There is plenty to keep little ones entertained from horse riding lessons to helping on the farm. Babysitting can be arranged.
Hacienda Zuleta offers a one-stop country estate experience. Affable dogs come to say hello, and female staff members wear traditional dress. Horse riding is one of the main reasons to check in – the hacienda has its own breed of horses known as Zuleteños. Children will especially find plenty to do. Those aged over the age of five can milk a cow, ride a horse, and learn about endangered condors.
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