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