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A truly special place
Zuleta is truly just one of those special places in the world. The hacienda is owned by the family of a former Ecuadorian president. Aside from it very much still being their family hacienda it is also still a working hacienda. They have many cows onsite and produce their own (DELICIOUS!) cheeses. Opening their family home to travelers is only part of what they do, which is why I love it. They do not want it to feel like you are arriving to a hotel, but instead being hosted by family friends at their hacienda, and it truly does feel that way. There is an entire system of self-guided hiking trails that will lead you to waterfalls, stunning viewpoints and even an ancient archaeological site and a fantastic condor rehabilitation center on site. They also have their own ‘Zuleta’ breed of horses and the horseback riding is fantastic. Horseback riding is an extra cost as are any guided outings in the region. For those who like markets, I suggest adding on a visit to the Otavalo market, preferably on a Saturday when you see the local livestock market as well. Locals come from all over the region to trade their livestock. I’d suggest about 3 nights for most at Zuleta. For horse lovers and those looking to add some more guided excursions as well, I certainly think 4 or more nights would be suitable, and for those short on time or budget I still believe 2 nights is worth the trip. If you’re adding Zuleta on to the Galapagos, I suggest doing so at the end of your trip. Most Galapagos trips are very scheduled & guided, so the contrast afterwards of the more laid-back atmosphere and ability for self-guiding hiking at Zuleta is great. Additionally, if connecting to an overnight flight home right after your Galapagos stay, you end up with a painfully long layover in most cases. Instead, head up to Zuleta (just about an hour and a half from the airport) for a few nights. On your last day, you can generally check out and store your bags, continue to enjoy the property before heading to the airport in the early evening for an overnight flight home. Most flights back to the US depart after 10 p.m., some even around 1 or 2 a.m. This means you get nearly a full day the last day before leaving. While the property is more expensive than others in the area, you have to take into account what you are receiving. All meals are included (delicious, home-cooked traditional meals), access to the self-guided hiking trails, condor rehabilitation center, as well as visiting their cheese factory and gardens. If you’re trying to keep down costs, I suggest booking early to try and get one of the few standard rooms they have, which are quite a bit less expensive. For culture lovers, horse or hiking enthusiasts, or those simply looking for a relaxing end to their trip, I highly recommend Zuleta.
One of a Kind
Hacienda Zuleta is truly unlike any other place I have been, the property is stunning and includes a wide range of unique, family-friendly activities. The rooms are airy, fresh and thoughtfully decorated. Don't even get me started on the food-its delicious, especially their cheese which is made on the property. While these amenities are likely available at many hotels an resorts, what makes Hacienda Zuleta stand out is the environment, which is personal and one of a kind. I was sad to leave this incredible place, but rest assured I will be back.
OUT OF THIS WORLD🌬️💖✨
Truly magical experience! Three days if pure bliss! We arrived at Hacienda Zuleta to a beautiful paradise. We were greeted by the friendly and professional staff to a warm welcome. We were taken to our beautiful rooms. Went and had lunch in the wonderful dining room. The food was traditional Ecuadorian cuisine. The grounds are lovely! Accommodations are deluxe. The bedding feels like you are sleeping on a cloud. The service is outstanding! Our host Amable took care of every detail that came to mind. The staff could not do enough for our family. We cannot wait to visit Hacienda Zuleta next year, it is OUT OF THIS WORLD!!
What an extraordinary place! An oasis of calm, with great personal service (e.g. Mauricio - and Marguerite of the owning family), and fresh open air all around. A sanctuary. And do visit the Condor Reserve where the superlative Jan will show you the condors, both captive (rescues, would no longer survive in the wild) and circling high above in the thermals.
Oasis of Calm
This place is wonderful. We have to leave tomorrow and I will be very sad as it’s such a lovely relaxing place to be. Our room is amazing. The bed is huge and so comfortable. We slept 10 hours last night. Breakfast is delicious but I was sad not to be able to taste everything because I was too full. I’ll try again tomorrow. The shower is a delight. Huge and with a rainhead so it’s perfect. We visited the cheese factory & the condor rescue - both well worth seeing. The condors even flew about while we were watching. Wellies are a good idea for the walk as it gets pretty muddy but the hotel have loads you can borrow. The vegetable garden is one of the best bits for me. They grow so much food here & it’s incredibly well managed. Thanks Maurizio for showing us around. Sitting by the fire on a comfy sofa drinking really nice complimentary tea & writing this. Trying not to think about leaving. If you can afford this, do it!
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