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Hospitality was out of this world! This place has a piece of my heart.
You can feel the love of the family in every aspect of this Hacienda where we had the privilege of staying for 5 days. I truly was made to feel like royalty during out stay. Every morning we woke up to hot coffee in our living room and a warm welcoming fire. Meals were served exactly at the times we requested and the food was so good. We came to view the highlands of Ecuador and because I love to ride but we got so much more. It was just simply amazing. We were made to feel like family and I really enjoyed learning so much about the family and the hacienda from Margarita the youngest daughter of the former President. Their love of the land and the locals in apparent in everything they do including their cheese factory. The cheese is very good and is served at all meals. We will be back to this amazing place. Thank you for having us.
Amazing Hacienda Experience
Hacienda Zuleta is a magical place near Cayambe about 2 hour drive from Quito. If you want to experience a working hacienda in the Ecuadorian highlands this is the place to be. The Hacienda house is beautiful and all the rooms are very nicely appointed with very nice furniture, fire places and all the amenities you need. The common areas make you feel you are visiting a family friend, are very cozy and now during COVID are usually private for each group of visitors. The food is delicious and also a great way to experience Ecuadorian gastronomy. There are plenty of things to do at the Hacienda from walks and hikes to waterfalls, to horse back riding, visiting the cheese factory ,organic garden and going to see bears and Andean condors with a naturalist guide. A must see if you visit the Ecuadorian highlands.
Magical Hacienda Zuleta
What can I say except PERFECTION! This is my second stay here for a reason, it is quite simply perfect. I will be back, it is a one of a kind location, with spectacular natural gems. As if that was not enough, the staff is beyond exceptional. Not just some or most but 100% all of the staff. The food is beyond amazing. I can't say enough about EVERYTHING here. It is exceptional for solo, couples, family what a real gem. Thank you Hacienda Zuleta, see you soon.
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.
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