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Hacienda Zuleta

Quito, Ecuador


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Luxury Holidays At Hacienda Zuleta

Hacienda Zuleta is a traditional, working farm that has been in the family of former President, Mr Galo Plaza Lasso, for over a century. Set in 4,000 acres of beautiful grounds that comprise pastureland and forests, edged by the Ecuadorian Andes, the location offers plenty of opportunities for unique, cultural and outdoor activities. Relaxing holidays here begin with a warm welcome from the family and superb Ecuadorian cuisine, created with ingredients including vegetables, fruits, bread and milk, produced on the farm, provide the perfect comfort food. Guests of this country house-style eco-lodge can explore interesting places on the estate including archaeological sites and an Ecuadorian cheese factory, with horse-riding and mountain-biking being popular ways to get around. Those who enjoy nature will love it here and it’s an excellent place for bird-watching. The hacienda also runs an Andean Condor rehabilitation project that is open for guests to visit. At least one evening here should be spent sipping a cup of warm tea outdoors in the fresh air, before retiring to your cosy guest room where you will no doubt drift straight to sleep.

  • Type: Boutique Hotel
  • Summary: A superb eco-lodge within a working hacienda
  • Feature: Plenty of unique, cultural and outdoor activities to enjoy
  • Rooms: 17 rooms & suites
  • Nearest airport: Quito Airport
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Location and transfer

Located in Provincia de Imbabura, which is approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes to 2 hours, from Quito airport. The nearest towns are Ibarra, about 35 minutes away, and Otavalo, about 40 minutes away.

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Culture & History

The Zuletan community is proud to actively preserve its culture and traditions. Learn more about them with a visit to the community restaurant or the traditional home of one of the local families. In addition, the embroidery workshop offers demonstrations by Zuletan women who produce decorative items, including tablecloths and curtains, to buy. Known locally as 'the pyramids', the grounds of the hacienda are home to one of the best preserved archaeological sites of the ancient Caranqui culture. It comprises over one-hundred small mounds of earth and five large, but short, pyramid structures.

Wildlife Encounters

The valleys of the Andes are an excellent place to observe wildlife, particularly the birdlife. Thanks to the Condor Huasi Project, unique habitats have been preserved and species including the endangered Andean Condor flourish. A typical day may include watching humming birds and visiting the Andean Condor rehabilitation area where Guides are available to take you on walking or cycling tours.


Explore endless miles of winding roads through flourishing pastureland, eucalyptus forest and pine trees that make up the Valley of Zuleta on any of the Hacienda Zuleta adventure activities. Take the reigns as you horse-ride with one of the most exclusive stables and some of the best riding in Ecuador. Gasp at the extraordinary Andean scenery on your beautiful Zuleteno horse, as you ride through valleys surrounded by mountains, beautiful green-coloured lakes and vistas of the incredible snow-capped Cayambe, ancient pre-Incan earth mounds and majestic waterfalls. Tie up your boots and trek on beautiful trails with options for different fitness levels or mountain bike on thrilling trails throughout the valley.

Hotel Experiences

As a working farm, there are many unique activities to experience. Visit the dairy and watch the cows being milked, before taking a walk around the Ecuadorian cheese factory. There are also organic gardens where a wide variety of vegetables and fruits are grown for use in the dishes cooked at the hacienda. You can pick up lots of organic gardening tips whilst you're there. If you like the sound of discovering the estate in relative comfort, take a horse-drawn carriage ride and see some of the many places of interest.

Luxury Family Holidays

The hotel welcomes children and can arrange activities for children aged 6 to 12 years old, in advance, on request. Those under 6 years old must be accompanied by an adult. A babysitting service, operated by the hotel, is also available.

Spa Breaks

The hotel does not have a spa, gym or pool, however massages can be arranged on request.

In Addition

The estate is proud to be home to one of Ecuador’s most exclusive stables known for its Zuleteño breed of horse that are perfect for trail riding in the Andean countryside. Excursions are offered with a Guide and you can enjoy a picnic lunch along your route. If you are a keen horse-rider, three to ten day programmes are available.


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