Haciendas are a legacy of ancient colonial days under Spanish rule, built by rich landowners in picturesque parts of the Ecuadorian Andes and passed down through influential families over history.
This tour takes you to 2 of the country’s finest hacienda estates:
La Cienega is situated at the slopes of the majestic Cotopaxi Volcano and during it’s 300 years of history has seen a number of famous historical figures pass through its gates including Charles Marie de la Condamine (part of the French geodesic mission in 1736 that determined the true shape of the earth) and the famous explorer Alexander Von humboldt.
Hacienda Cusin is located close to the beautiful San Pablo Lake on the doorstep of Otavalo and the Imbabura Volcano. It is a charmingly restored 17th century Andean estate steeped in the finest history and tradition with terracotta-tiles, winding cobblestone path-ways, fountain courtyards, towers and perennial gardens that include belladonna, bougainvillea, agapantha, acanthus, foxgloves, orchids, palms, flora, and which attract over 50 species of birds. Antiques and select Andean craft-furnished adorn the salons and guest rooms, most of which boast kingsize beds, log-burning fire places and beamed-ceilings.
Spoil yourself for a few unforgettable days and trace the footsteps of Ecuador’s colonial past.
||Hacienda La Cienega - our driver will pick you up at your Quito hotel in the morning to transfer you north to the border of the Cotopaxi National Park (approx 2 hours journey). If available you will stay in one of the hacienda’s luxury suites made out of volcanic rock and boasting antique furniture as well as some famous past guests. A free afternoon to settle in, explore the gardens and grounds of the hacienda, and acclimatise to your new surroundings.
||Cotopaxi horse-back riding – a full day exploring the Cotopaxi National Park on horse-back. On a clear day you can enjoy some sublime views of the Cotopaxi Volcano, the surrounding parklands and other Andean peaks. After a hard day we return to the comfort of Hacienda La Cienega and a welcoming open fireplace.
||Hacienda Cusin – a morning transfer north towards Otavalo to our second hacienda stay – Hacienda Cusin. Our driver will be happy to stop for photos on route. A free afternoon to explore the hacienda and acclimatise to your new surroundings.
||Otavalo, Cotocachi & Cuicocha – a memorable daytrip to explore the best of the surrounding area. The highlight is a visit to world-famous Otavalo handicraft market to see the colourful local Indians and to shop for bargains. We also visit the town of Cotocachi – famous for leather goods, and the volcanic lake of Cuicocha before heading back to Quito late in the afternoon.
Past Clients Feedback
"This tour was definitely a big splurge for us – but well worth it. We were completely spoiled throughout our stay and it was hard to pick between the 2 haciendas as to which was the most grand and luxurious." (Ken Juniper, USA)
“An unforgettable trip and a great price for everything that was included!” (Sally Capes, UK)
AVAILABILITY: This tour is available throughout the year.
START DATES: flexible to start on any day of the week that you prefer to travel.
- Accommodation in double rooms. Triple rooms are also available should a group of odd-numbered passengers wish to avoid paying a single supplement.
- Transfers with local driver (with pickup / dropoff at hotel in Quito city)
- Meals as listed in itinerary
- Activities as listed in itinerary
- English-speaking guide for all activities
- International flights
- Personal expenses
- Meals not listed as part of itinerary
- Local entry fees
- Single supplement (applies for a single room for somebody travelling within a group). If you are travelling alone then please ask our staff for a solo traveller price quote.
- Pickup / dropoff at airport or in Quito valley area (this service costs extra)