Zuleta is centuries old and full of charm

This unique country estate, founded in the late 16th century, is the ideal base for enjoying Ecuador's highlands.

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Hacienda Zuleta Extension

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Trip Details at-a-Glance

Cost From: $950  
Length: 3 days
Arrive: Quito, Ecuador
Depart: Quito, Ecuador
Lodging: 2 nights in hacienda
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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Choosing the Right Trip

We work hard to help you choose the right trip for you, paying attention to your individual interests, abilities, and needs. If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please contact us.

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

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

Day 3
Return to Quito / Optional Otavalo Market Visit

Transfer back to Quito...B

Note: As an option (at additional cost), you can 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...BL

Extension Cost

Prices are for 2016
$950 per person, double occupancy
Solo Traveler: $1425
Single supplement: $260 (for a group of 2 or more guests)
Transfer upgrade per person: $75 round trip with English speaking guide
Tour upgrade per person: $150 Otavalo Market tour with English speaking guide
Additional night: $330 per person
Child discount: $450 per child

Prices are not guaranteed until services are confirmed.
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Extension Cost Includes:

  • Accommodations
  • Meals as indicated (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • Transfers to and from Quito
  • Transfers to and from Otavalo Market (optional upgrade)
  • English-speaking guide at Hacienda Zuleta
  • Access to the many hiking trails on the property

Extension Cost Does Not Include:

Soft drinks, alcoholic beverages, items of personal nature such as laundry, internet, telephone, etc, optional gratuities to hacienda staff and guides, and optional activities that can be arranged upon arrival at the hacienda.

Hacienda Zuleta

Highlands, Ecuador

There is something quite special about Hacienda Zuleta. Surrounded by more than 2,000 acres of forest and grazing lands, it was built at the end of the 16th century and is still a private family home. You can get a sense Ecuador’s history here, and that of the Galo Plaza-Lasso family (which has produced two of country’s most beloved former presidents) in their photos, paintings, and furnishings. There are just 11 guest rooms at the estate, plus beautiful gardens, famous hospitality, and excellent food, often fresh from the organic garden and trout farm (and Zuleta’s hand-made artisan cheese is delicious). All the guest rooms and the main sitting room have roaring fireplaces to keep away the chill of the 9,000-foot altitude. There are no TVs or video games here to break the spell, just peace and quiet in a spectacular Andean setting. It’s a delightful place to call home after a day of hiking, visiting the condor rehabilitation project, or horseback riding in the high Andes.

Note: Listed above are our signature accommodations for this trip. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.