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Dating from the late XVI century, our Ecuadorian Hotel lies in the spectacular Andean mountain range of Ecuador at 9,600 feet (2,800 meters) above the sea level, and only two hours north of Quito, the capital of Ecuador. Zuleta is a colonial working farm of 4,000 acres (2,000 hectares) that belongs to the family of Mr. Galo Plaza Lasso, a former president of Ecuador, for more than 100 years. It was chosen as one of the world’s “Top Ten Finds” by Outside magazine and named as one of the best Ecuador Hotel by National Geographic Traveler.

The hacienda has 14 beautifully decorated bedrooms, all with their own fire place; Antique gardens along with cozy living and reading rooms offer a peaceful atmosphere. Delicious home Ecuadorian cuisine among other types of gastronomic adventures are offered daily, prepared with organic vegetables, trout and dairy products produced on the Hacienda. Hacienda Zuleta offers a great variety of activities and places to visit to its guests.

With horseback riding in Ecuador being Hacienda Zuleta specialty, it also offer mountain bikes and a horse drawn carriage for trips on hacienda grounds to observe the milking, the agriculture, mountain views and the tranquil life of the community. Guest can also visit our Condor Andes rehabilitation program “Condor Huasi Project” that works for the rehabilitation of the majestic Andean Condor. The Plaza family with his natural warmth and hospitality welcomes you to their country house and invites you to share life at an authentic hacienda in the Andes of Ecuador.

4 days/3 night package

Includes: 3 nights accommodations at the Hacienda; Welcome drink; European style breakfast, 3 course lunch menu, afternoon snack, 3 course dinner menu (Menues are prepared upon guest preferences (vegetarian options available); non alcoholic beverages (fresh juice, soft drinks, mineral water) morning and afternoon tea or coffee; transfers on arrival and departure, room taxes and service charges of 22%; 2 half days of horseback riding (3-4 hours each); English speaking guides.

2014 Cost per person:

Standard room (One Queen size bed)                US$1294

Deluxe room (Queen size bed or 2 twin beds)    US$1591

Junior Suite (King size bed or 2 twin beds)         US$1852



Daily departures from Quito - Private services
Overnight in Otavalo can be spent at any of the following:



It has an impressive waterfront setting, on the banks of Lake San Pablo, 5 minutes to the south of Otavalo. It has comfortable bungalows with fireplaces. The restaurant overlooks the lake.


It is a fully renovated colonial hacienda 10 minutes to the south of Otavalo, at San Pablo del Lago. It has attractive rooms, most with fireplaces. It is furnished with colonial antiques. Dinners are served by candlelight


Dates back to the 1700's and has always been in the same family. It has 16 large comfortable rooms with heavy ornate beds and fireplaces and keeps its hacienda feel.


This trip is designed for an in-depth and more relaxed experience of Imbabura, the Province of the Lakes and its many attractions: natural areas, landscapes, artisans, handicrafts, Indian culture in general, Haciendas and great gastronomy.


Day One: Drive north of Quito to Calderón, a small town where bread dough figurines are made in many shapes and sizes. Continue along the valleys of Guayllabamba and Cayambe, with their dairy farms. Arrive at lunchtime to one of the charming country inns or colonial haciendas where you will spend the nights (see description below). In the afternoon, visit the town of San Antonio de Ibarra, famous for the woodcarvings.

Day Two: Visit the market of Otavalo, piled high with ponchos, woolen goods, tapestries, the original "Panama" hat, sweaters, Indian jewelry and many handicrafts. Lunch will be at another of the beautiful haciendas or hosterías of the area. In the afternoon, visit the Indian town of Peguche, where textiles are woven in old-fashioned shuttle looms.

Day Three: Visit Cuicocha Lake and the town of Cotacachi, an entire town dedicated to fine leather products. On the way back to Quito a stop is made for lunch at one of the haciendas of the Cayambe area.
The order of the visits may vary - depending on the weather and the day of the week.

2014 COST PER PERSON: (using Haciendas Cusin, Puerto Lago or Pinsaqui)
2 People travelling together:    DBL US$1099 (Child $421)
3 People travelling together:    DBL US$961; TRP US$ 898; SGL SUPP US$124 (Child $421)
4-5 People travelling together: DBL US$880; TRP US$ 826;;SGL SUPP US$124 (Child $421)
For Deluxe La Mirage please add US$200 per person (double or triple) for Single add $400.

• Accommodations for 2 nights with room taxes and service charges.
• All meals
• English speaking tour guide
• Transportation

Travel Facts
Dress in layers (T-shirt, blouse, sweater, coat). Take a warm coat for evening and rain protection from February to May. This tour includes walking at an altitude of 2560 meters (8434 feet). Sun protection (SPF 40). Good walking shoes. Great photo opportunities.



HACIENDA LA ALEGRIA -Horse back riding


Hacienda La Alegria is a family-run organic farm in the heart of Ecuador's "Avenue of the Volcanoes". It is situated one hour south of the historic colonial city of Quito, the capital of Ecuador.

The Hacienda offers traditional hospitality with a touch of luxury at their beautiful hacienda. It caters for independent travelers and small groups and they can tailor a package for most requirements. Above all, Hacienda La Alegria specialize in horseback vacations amid the majesty of the high Andes of the Equator.


4 days/3 night package:

Including transfers to/from Quito, 3 nights accommodations at the Hacienda, 2 full day day horseback riding with snacks and lunch, 3 dinners and daily american breakfast, local guides and room taxes and service charges.


Cost per person: Double US$970; Triple $943; Single Supplement US$304

Minimun 2 people.


About Horse back riding at La Alegria:

Hacienda La Alegria specializes in horseback vacations in the beautiful surroundings of the high Andes of Ecuador. Your host Gabriel Espinosa comes from a family steeped in equestrian tradition, and his enthusiasm for riding and horses is at the core of everything we do at La Alegria. We cater for experienced riders and total beginners.
We offer day rides for those new to riding, travelers with limited time, or those who just want a brief taste of the fresh mountain air! We also run a program of more adventurous multi-day trips travelling on horseback through the mountains, forests and paramo (high grasslands) of the Andes. Details of some of our rides can be found on the menu on the right. For groups of two or more we are also happy to organize itineraries customized to your requirements.

Horses and tack
At Hacienda La Alegria our horses are very important to us. Most have been bred here on the farm from mixed Criollo (native South American), English Thoroughbred and Arabian stock, resulting in a near perfect combination of toughness, agility, calm temperament and "mountain sense". Beginners and experienced riders alike have found them easy to ride, willing and good mannered. If you have previous riding experience you will be given plenty of opportunity to canter.
We have a range of tack including North American style, English style, Mclellan calvary, Chillean and traditional Ecuadorian "Chagra" style with its intricate leather-work and saddle horn.




Private, 2 days / 1 night

Daily departures from Quito

Located over 10,000 feet above sea level in a temperate mountain forest, Papallacta Thermal Springs Resort is just two hours away from Quito.  Nestled high in the Andean Cordillera at the entrance of the Amazonian jungle, Papallacta features several hot thermal spring pools of different sizes and temperatures, with hydro-massage and bubble jets. Resort facilities include a first-class hotel and restaurants offering local and international cuisine with the main specialty: fresh trout. 

Day 1 - Depart Quito at 8:00 in the morning for Papallacta Pass traveling on the Cinnamon Trail, the route the Spanish Conquistador Francisco de Orellana took in 1542, when he crossed the Andean mountain range in search of spices and gold, only to discover the Amazon River.  Upon arrival check-in at the hotel to leave your luggage there.  Then proceed to the Thermo-ludic area of the Spa (pools) where guests receive towel, bathing cap and are assigned a locker.  If they wish, guests can make reservations for extra treatments, which have to be paid directly to the Spa.  A snack is offered at the Cafeteria (hot cheese sandwich, coffee or tea).  Then, get ready to discover your adventurous spirit through a nature walk on marked paths alongside a pristine mountain stream, observing the flora and fauna of the humid montane Andean forest of the Canyon Ranch, a protected area of 625 acres (250 hectares), one of the entrances to the ecological reserve Cayambe-Coca.   After this pleasant walk, enjoy lunch featuring fresh trout from their own trout farm.  Vegetarian and other options are also available. 

In the afternoon relax and soak away life's aches and pains.  Revitalize your body and soul in Papallacta's medicinal hot thermal spring pools experience the notable, restorative effects of the crystalline thermal waters (sulfate alkaline terreous).  Submerge yourself in the warm water and take advantage of its curative properties in rheumatic, arthritic, digestive and respiratory processes.  The water is odorless, crystalline and ever changing.  Guests have unlimited use of the pools at the hotel, at the Spa or the larger public pools.  Do try an after-dinner soak under the starry equatorial skies. (L,D)

Day 2 -  An early hike, before or after breakfast,  is great to feel the beneficial effects of the life-giving, diaphanous air which originates in a singular meeting of the Amazonian winds with the rocks, forests and water of the high Andean mountains.  Papallacta is ideal for birdwatchers, with more than 160 different species of birds, including many hummingbirds and tangaras.   Visit the Exploratory research and interpretation center, which offers audiovisual information on those species only found around Papallacta. Once again, enjoy the thermal pools of the hoel, or the public pools before lunch at the hotel and return to Quito in the afternoon. (B,L)

Private, 2 days / one night, daily from Quito. 


Cost extra nights per person (NO meals included): DBL US$80  TRP $55  SGL $156

Includes Transfers Quito-Papallacta-Quito; accommodations for one night, meals as specified (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner) and entrance fee to private pools (one day) and public pools

NOTE:  Resort facilities include a first-class Spa that offers hydrotherapy using mineral, medicinal thermal water, therapies, massages, and treatments tailored to your needs.   Use of the Spa facilities (other than the pools the first day) has extra cost.

Dress warm in layers (T-shirt, blouse, sweater, and coat).   Don't forget your bathing suit!  Take rain protection from February to May.   This tour includes walking at an altitude of 3050 (10,000 feet).  Sun protection (SPF 40).  Hat or cap.  Good walking shoes and an extra pair of socks. 

Temperature:  Day 6° to 18° C / 43° to 64° F.    





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