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Hacienda Zuleta

Quito & the Northern Andes

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Hacienda Zuleta overview

Hacienda Zuleta dates back to the 16th century and is owned and run by sons of a former president of Ecuador, who now welcome visitors to their family home as guests. There is plenty here to keep you occupied, from hiking to village visits, horse riding to bird watching.

There are standard and deluxe rooms as well as suites. All are situated in the hacienda itself and are unique in layout. The spacious accommodation is enhanced by original antiques, family pictures and modern amenities. Rooms have garden or mountain views.

During the day you can choose from a wide range of activities. There are various trails through the hacienda's 4,000 acres that can be explored on foot or by bike. Visits to Zuleta village are popular, to meet the local people and observe their way of life. You can purchase local crafts from the women's cooperative. The Condor Huasi Rehabilitation project is near the hacienda where it is possible to view these magnificent birds in close proximity. Condors can also be seen in the wild here. Horse riding is another great way to explore the area around the hacienda. You are welcome to look round the farm, the organic garden and the cheese factory.

After a busy day you can relax in the sitting room or library, with its open fireplace. Wi-fi is available. There is a self service bar for a well-earned drink. Food is traditional Ecuadorian using produce from the farm. Hearty breakfasts include pancakes, home-made bread, cereal, fruit and eggs.

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Open: All year.

Location: Hacienda Zuleta is in the Andes, about a 2 hour drive north of Quito.

Rooms: All the 17 guest rooms are located in the main building. They are decorated with antiques, authentic family pictures and hand embroidered linens. They look out onto either the garden or mountains and some have access to private gardens, terraces or courtyards. There are fireplaces for added warmth in cooler months and evenings Suites and adjoining rooms are available for families.

Activities: There are miles of trails in the grounds and this is a good area for walking, trekking and mountain biking. There is a map for self-guided exploring. The hacienda has a stable and offers horse riding for all levels or rider and carriage rides. This is also a great location for bird watching. Hacienda Zuleta is a working dairy farm and has a cheese factory and cheese museum on site, which guests are welcome to visit. They can also observe milking and help feed a calf. There is an Andean Condor reserve and rehabilitation project about 5kms from the hacienda. Guests can also visit the Zuleta’s women’s co-operative to see and possibly buy the hand-made embroidery. The Zuleta library helps local children with homework and extracurricular activities and guests are welcome to visit and meet the local children. There are archaeological sites near the hacienda, some of which date back to 700 AD

Facilities: The hacienda has living rooms with satellite TV, DVDs and games for guests. There is a bar and tea and coffee are available during the day. There are lovely gardens and an organic garden, where much of the produce used at the hacienda is grown. The farm covers over 2,000 hectares and has a herd of some 300 cows and about 2,000 sheep. They also grow a range of crops.

Dining: Meals are taken at communal tables, but private dining can be arranged.

Children: Children of all ages are welcome. Children under 3 years of age stay free of charge when sharing a room with adults.

Health: Hacienda Zuleta is not in a malarial area.

Communication: There is Wi-Fi internet access in some areas of the main building and a computer with 24 hour internet service. ‘Phone calls can be made from the public areas and offices.

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Mrs. Carole Herries (14/05/2016)

"This is a 'must visit' hacienda, it is truly special. The accommodation is really comfortable and log fires and hot water bottles in each bedroom make it really cosy after a day trekking in the mountains. The owners are related to previous presidents of Ecuador and want guests to treat it like their own home which is easy to do. Huge fireplaces in the lounges and fantastic home cooking make it a truly exceptional accommodation. The surroundings are so beautiful and the condor project inspirational. The resident biologist is so knowledgeable and passionate about the condors and spectacled bears, you cannot help but admire all the work that is going on there. The horses are all beautiful and so well cared for, and know their way around the mountains you feel very safe with them. All in all, a fantastic place. "

Ms. Karen Mancini (04/08/2015)
"Beautiful place and setting. Excellent food. Really friendly staff and family members. The service also excellent. We were really blown away and didn't want to leave. Totally recommend! "
Mandy H (17/05/2015)
"Set in the Andes and run by the family of a previous president, this is one of the loveliest hotels I have ever had the pleasure to stay at. The buildings are superb. One feels a part of the family who run this working farm with a cheese factory and a condor rescue centre. We milked a cow with one of the villagers! The four children of the previous owner each run a different part of the complex. We met and dined with 3 of them. So interesting to hear about history of the family. The main house is like a very comfortable museum with some superb pieces of furniture. There are roaring log fires to gather round with a drink and the most convivial company. Our room had a log burner and a huge patio. Lots of walking trails, a beautiful vegetable garden, cheese factory tour, condor visit, horse riding and marvellous views. My daughter and I felt so much more than guests, more like treasured visiting cousins. Go here if you possibly can and stay a minimum of 2 nights - I wish we had stayed for longer"
Sally Longford (28/09/2014)
"Wow, wow, wow! It's an amazing place, we were treated like royalty. The accommodation is luxurious, the rooms are lovely, with log burners. The public rooms are extremely comfortable and the staff are great. The food was excellent, and we got the chance to try some new foods, such as guinea pig as well as the lovely produce from the organic garden and the trout farm. The tour of the garden was very interesting, seeing so many exotic and familiar plants growing at altitude on the equator was great. We don't ride, but took a walk to the Condor rehabilitation project and it was lovely. The researcher at the project was very interesting, his work with condors, spectacled bears and other local species was inspiring and we were glad to be able to donate to the project. We wandered off to the local community centre, with one of the hacienda dogs to buy some crafts, which was entertaining."
Elizabeth Setchim (09/04/2014)
"Wish we had had more time here and very happy that Paul recommended it. Loads of activity options and very friendly service."

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