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Hacienda Zuleta, Ecuador

Hacienda Zuleta, Ecuador

Dating from the late XVI century, this hotel lies in the spectacular Andean mountain range of Ecuador at 2800 meters (9,600 ft) above the sea level, and only two hours north of Quito, the capital of Ecuador.

Zuleta is a colonial working farm of 2000 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 one of the best Ecuadorian hotels by ‘National Geographic Traveler.’

The hacienda has 14 beautifully-decorated bedrooms, all with their own fireplace; antique gardens along with cosy living and reading rooms offer a peaceful atmosphere.  Delicious home-cooked Ecuadorian cuisine among other types of gastronomic adventures are offered daily, prepared with organic vegetables, trout and dairy products produced on the Hacienda.

The fortunes of the Plaza-Lasso family are intimately linked with those of the descendants of the Caranqui peoples who had once occupied the ramp mound site on the hacienda’s land. Land reforms introduced during Galo Plaza’s office as president of Ecuador devolved substantial tracts of land back to the Indian peoples, whilst the infamous ‘huasipungero’ land peonange system was abolished. Today the peoples of the region enjoy independence and some prosperity. Many are still farmers, whilst local women are productively engaged in the local cottage embroidery industry. Many of the hacienda’s employees are people from the Zuleta community. Folkloric traditions retain important links to their ancestral past, with the annual celebration of the Inty Raymi – the fiesta of Juan Baptista – the midsummer harvest festivities which interweave community and hacienda, blending the cultural traditions of pre-Spanish, colonial and the present day in a richly evolving cultural fusion.

In relatively recent years, Hacienda Zuleta has moved from being just a dairy and a stud farm into country hacienda-hotel, offering guests and visitors homemade Andean cuisine, a wonderful historic setting, and a wide range of outdoor activities.

Stay at Hacienda Zuleta on our new tours:

Experiential Ecuador
EC10 | 10 Days | Details
Departure date: 24 Nov 2017
Departure date:
1 Feb 2018

Experiential Ecuador with Amazon Extension
EC11 | 14 Days | Details
Departure date: 24 Nov 2017
Departure date: 1 Feb 2018

 


 

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