Located on a 17th-century working farm owned by former Ecuadorean President Galo Plaza-Lasso, Hacienda Zuleta is an awe-inspiring and authentic retreat in the heart of the Andes. The Plaza-Lasso family have owned this place for more than 100 years and their deep ties with the local environment and community can be felt in the warm welcome that envelops you from the moment you walk through the doors. On arrival, you'll be assigned a dedicated host, who will look after you throughout your stay, personally handling all your requests and sharing their lifetime of local knowledge.
You'll find plenty to keep you busy. Take guided horse rides through woodland and winding mountain trails, see rare condors soaring through the skies, learn to cook Andean specialities with a local chef, or just relax in front of a roaring fire in your wood-beamed suite.
Those looking for an authentic rural hacienda experience
THINGS TO DO AT THE LODGE:
Tuck into traditional Ecuadorian cuisine using delicious ingredients fresh from the farm
Visit the stables and sample some of the finest riding in Ecuador
Visit the Hacienda’s cheese factory and learn about the 14 different varities it makes
Learn to milk cows and feed their calves at the dairy farm
Get hands on at a textile workshop run by a local non-profit foundation
Discover the art of Andean cuisine on an interactive cookery class
THINGS TO DO NEARBY:
Hike through woods and mountains in search of Andean bears and condors
Wander into Zuleta village to see the local handicraft workers produce their wares for the market
Immerse yourself in the vibrant celebrations of a local Andean festival
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