Traditional Cultures and Snow-Capped Volcanoes

Overview

A stunning boutique hotel and working farm, Hacienda Zuleta is owned by the Galo Plaza-Lasso family, who have provided two of Ecuador’s presidents. The hacienda is in an exquisite setting at 9,000 feet in the Ecuadorian Andes. The 19-room estate has 11 private rooms available to guests, each with hand-embroidered linens and beautiful garden views. Zuleta has a wonderfully remote ambience, famous hospitality, and its beautiful rural surroundings are a delight. It offers an authentic experience of the Ecuadorian highlands. Today the working farm produces a wide range of products including milk, cheese, quinoa, potatoes, and organic vegetables. Of special interest to many guests are the hand-embroidery workshop (optional tour at extra cost), condor rehabilitation project, trout farm, and cheese factory. Outside Magazine named Zuleta one of the world’s “Top Ten Finds.”

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1
Hacienda Zuleta

Morning pickup from your Quito hotel and drive north along the Pan-American Highway into the green and beautiful Ecuadorian highlands. Arrive in time for lunch and optional afternoon activities at beautiful Hacienda Zuleta. Virtually everything gracing the table at Zuleta comes fresh from Zuleta’s rich earth and is carefully prepared by hand...LD

Note: If you are taking this as a Galápagos pre-trip extension, the hotel night is included as part of the extension. For a post-trip Galápagos extension, the hotel is included as part of Day 9 of your Galápagos trip.

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Day 2
Hacienda Zuleta

You may wish to walk some of the beautiful trails at the hacienda, or join your bilingual guide on your choice of the many tours available at Hacienda Zuleta. These tours include a visit to the organic gardens, chapel, cheese museum, milking sheds, calf stables, embroidery shop and Cananqui pyramids. Other activities, such as mountain biking and horseback riding, are available at an additional cost...BLD

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Day 3
Otavalo Market Visit / Return to Quito

In the morning, visit the village of Otavalo, with its famed market offering the best selection of Ecuadorian woven tapestries, alpaca clothing, and pottery. Otavalo’s market is held daily, but the biggest market, held Saturdays, includes a livestock market in the early morning. It’s also a wonderful opportunity to view the indigenous peoples of Ecuador who come from the local mountain villages to buy and sell their wares. After your market visit, enjoy a fine lunch at a local hacienda. If time permits, you can make one more shopping stop at the town of Cotacachi, a town famous for its leather products, or visit Peguche, whose residents are known for their weaving skills and musical traditions, before returning to Quito in the late afternoon. Overnight at hotel (this is Day 1 of your Galápagos trip)...BL

Note: If you are taking this as a Galápagos pre-trip extension, the hotel night is included as part of Day 1 of your Galápagos trip. For a post-trip Galápagos extension, the hotel is included as part of the extension.

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Details

Length: 4 days
Cost From: $1125  
Arrive: Quito, Ecuador
Depart: Quito, Ecuador
Lodging: 2 nights in hacienda, 1 night hotel
Meals: Meals as indicated (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Activity: Wildlife & Natural History, Walking, Cultural Adventures
Trip Level:

Cultural explorations and walking tours, optional mountain biking and horseback riding

Visa Requirements

A visa is not required for U.S. citizens visting Ecuador. A tourist card will be issued to you on the flight to Quito.

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