Hacienda Zuleta lies in the Andean mountain range of Ecuador, 9,600 feet above sea level, two hours north of Quito. A massive colonial working farm that has belonged to the family of Mr. Galo Plaza Lasso, a former president of Ecuador, for more than a century, it was chosen as one of the world’s “Top Ten Finds” by Outside Magazine and named as one of the best Ecuador hotels by National Geographic Traveler. Delicious home-cooked Ecuadorian cuisine as well as international gastronomic pleasures are offered daily, prepared with organics grown on-site. 15 beautifully decorated bedrooms, all with their own fireplace, are located in the main building of the hacienda, and antique gardens as well as cozy living and reading rooms offer a peaceful atmosphere in common areas.
Decorated with parquet floors and gabled roofs, rooms at Hacienda Zuleta are fitted with stylish furnishing. All of them have private bathrooms. and feature queen bed, desk, two chairs, cupboard, feather pillows and down comforters. Includes welcome drink, breakfast, lunch, afternoon snack, dinner, non alcoholic beverages, tea or coffee.
Guest Rooms feature their own fireplace, one queen bed or twin beds, four pillows and anti-allergic bedding. A desk, two chairs, cupboard, feather pillows and down comforters are also featured. Includes welcome drink, breakfast, lunch, afternoon snack, dinner, non alcoholic beverages, tea or coffee.
Every guest room has its different shape and charm, which brings a feeling of unique Ecuadorian culture. Individually decorated with antiques, authentic family pictures and hand embroidered linens, the guestrooms transmit the feeling of a private home. The rooms have beautiful garden and mountain views and some provide access to private gardens, terraces or a courtyard where hummingbirds feed, making these rooms beautiful bird watching in Ecuador locations..
Delicious home Ecuadorian cuisine among other types of culinary adventures is offered daily, prepared with organic vegetables, trout and dairy products produced on the hacienda. Virtually everything gracing the table comes from Zuleta’s organic garden and rich earth, and is carefully prepared by hand. Fresh milk and cream from Zuleta’s dairy cows are offered daily. Handmade cheeses are produced from the farms’ fresh milk and carefully crafted in the small factory near the guesthouse. Rainbow trout are caught moments before melting in your mouth, making this a true Ecuadorian cuisine moment. Fresh organic fruit and vegetables are picked from the expansive garden to make unforgettable salads and freshly squeezed juices.
Antique gardens along with cozy living and reading rooms offer a peaceful atmosphere. The gardens are updated with roses, bromelias, orchids and many other varieties, often brought from the native forest. Following the no chemicals tradition, the gardens are nurtured only through organic ways.
Miles of meandering roads through lush pastureland, pine trees and a eucalyptus forest make the valley of Zuleta a paradise for outdoor activities, such as hiking and trekking. There are horses, mountain bikes and a horse drawn carriage, which allow guests to explore the area. At the hacienda guests can find out more information about trails in the activity room; there are options for every interest and fitness level.
Horseback riding in Ecuador has been a Plaza family tradition for over one hundred years, and today Zuleta reflects this equestrian affinity by boasting one of the most exclusive stables and horse riding experiences in Ecuador. Zuleta is also known for its Zuleteño horse, a unique mixture of Spanish – Andalusian, English and Quarter horses. Many hotel guests come to Zuleta specifically for one of the 3 to 10 day riding programs. Riders will have numerous opportunities to explore the Andean countryside along high altitude trails (between 9,000 and 11,000 feet) that wind through “páramo”, making the experience an authentic South American horseback ridding adventure.