The Andean region of Ecuador has a rich history that is reflected in the charming haciendas that dot the landscape. These haciendas are more than just places to stay; they are living relics of the past that offer a glimpse into the culture and traditions of the people who lived there. The haciendas are characterized by rustic elegance, with cozy rooms, antique furniture, and fireplaces. They are also surrounded by spectacular natural settings, such as mountains, valleys, forests, and lakes.
The haciendas provide an opportunity to experience the history and nature of Ecuador in a unique and memorable way.
Located at the heart of the Ecuadorian Andes, the city of Riobamba has captivating colonial squares and an impressive view of Chimborazo, the highest peak in Ecuador the Earth’s most distant point from its center. Your stay in this area hotels will be filled with magical moments and awe-inspiring Andean scenery.
The Hostería Abraspungo is located at the 3 kilometer marker on the way to Guano city, in a residential suburb named “Las Abras”, in the city of Riobamba. Its name comes from two words: “Abras”: from the Spanish word “abra”, which means a deep rupture in the hard earth caused by erosion from water. “Pungo”: from Quichua “pungu”, which means door or entrance. Abraspungo is also the name of a glacial valley which is located between the mountains Chimborazo and Carihuairazo, at 4.000 meters above sea level.
Set in a historic hacienda where tradition and history surround you like the mountains and volcanoes, the hotel is to be found 16 kilometers outside of Riobamba in the Indian area known as Chuquipoggio. Located in the shadow of five of Ecuador's most awesome peaks (Chimborazo, the highest peak in the country, Carihuairazo, Tungurahua, El Altar and Cubillines), La Andaluza is the ideal location for those who wish to relax and take in the fantastic scenery that surrounds it.
Tucked away within the Andes and located just a couple of hours east of Quito, Papallacta is renowned for its hot springs and stunning landscapes. It's the ideal destination in Ecuador for relaxation while basking in the breathtaking beauty of the Andes scenery.
Nestled high in the Andean Cordillera at the entrance of the Amazonian jungle, Papallacta features several hot thermal spring pools of different sizes and temperatures. Resort facilities include a first-class hotel and a restaurant offering local and international cuisine. Guests may also trek along several marked paths alongside pristine mountain streams observing the habitat of condors, pumas and spectacled bears, among other indigenous species.
Conveniently located near the town of Papallacta, Guango lodges is a haven for birdwatchers and photographers. With over 10 species of hummingbirds frequenting the lodge’s discreetly placed feeders around its gardens, it offers a captivating opportunity for observation. The lodge offers eight charming rooms equipped with a coffee maker and private bathrooms with hot showers. Laundry service, fireplaces, hiking trails and arranged visits to the hot springs are just a few of the amenities this cozy lodge offers.
Located approximately 2 hours from Quito, the town of Otavalo and the province of Imbabura offers impressive mountains, lakes, mild spring-like weather and colorful towns rich in history and cultural traditions.
Zuleta Hacienda was built on orders given by the King of Spain at the end of 16th century and the majority of its construction was completed in 1691. The Zuleta Hacienda is part of the Ecuadorian Ecotourism Association and encompasses 2.112 hectares of pasture land, forest and protected areas of native primary forest. The hacienda’s main production consists of 6.000 liters of milk daily, which is used to produce semi-aged cheeses, cream and yoghurt."
Hacienda Cusin was founded in 1602. In 1990, Cusin's English owner converted Hacienda Cusin into a "country house" inn of 25 guest rooms, suites and garden cottages whilst preserving its history. Cusin's monastery provides 18 spacious guest rooms and its white buttressed walls, towers, parapet, cloisters, garden and fountain courtyards add distinction to the ancient landscape.
Hacienda Pinsaqui is ideally situated at the base of Imbabura Volcano, just 5km north of the world-famous Otavalo market and only two hours from Quito. The location is an ideal base from which to explore and allows easy access to the region's attractions, such the lakes of San Pablo, Cuicocha and Mojanda, as well as the white colonial city of Ibarra and local villages.
An emblematic restored building in the center of Otavalo is now the only luxury boutique hotel in the area. Hotel Otavalo offers its guests a 24-hour front desk, airport transportation, room service and free Wi-Fi throughout the property. All 29 rooms come with a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a coffee machine, a desk, a full private bathroom with complimentary toiletries and a hairdryer. Additionally, Hotel Otavalo offers a restaurant and bar with immersive experiences like enjoying live music, toasting with traditional regional cocktails and savoring delicacies from this special region of Ecuador, all while admiring the majestic Imbabura volcano.
The Hotel Cabañas del Lago is located in the province of Imbabura which has a large number of tourist attractions. On Cabañas del Lago, the meeting and conference rooms are equipped with the latest technology and can accommodate more than 80 people. The hotel also offers activities and entertainment for children of all ages.
To the south of Quito, the imposing Cotopaxi volcano seems to be inviting you to venture deeper into the majestic Andes mountains. The haciendas in this region hold numerous treasures and stories that illuminate the rich history of Ecuador
Chilcabamba Mountain Lodge features comfortable rooms with rustic-style décor. Each room is well equipped with modern woodburning stoves to keep you warm at night, along with ponchos and thick duvets to shield you from the mountain chill. The lodge is welcoming, with cozy corners to unwind and enjoy the view of the beautiful Cotopaxi volcano. Additional amenities include complimentary Wi-Fi, a game room, a great selection of books, a self-guided trail and an inviting outdoor bonfire area.
This lodge is located on the slopes of Sincholagua Volcano, directly facing Cotopaxi Volcano. It’s surrounded by grasslands, rivers and waterfalls, all embraced by stunning views of the Andes. The hotel features panoramic views of the surrounding mountains. The main building has four interconnected suites and there are also four outdoor domes with impressive front-row seats of Cotopaxi . Each room (suites and domes) are furnished with double or twin beds and supplementary single beds are available to accommodate up to three guests and they are equipped with stove, a desk, a seating area, and a large bathroom with a bathtub
The colonial Hacienda of San Agustín de Callo was built on the site of an Inca palace, one of the two most important archaeological Inca sites in Ecuador. It is situated close to the entrance of the Cotopaxi National Park and just a one and a half hour drive from Quito. Since the 15th century San Agustin de Callo has served as an Inca fortress, an Augustinian convent and a temporary home for the French Geodesic Mission.
This ecological hotel is nestled at the foot of the Cotopaxi volcano and is the only lodging option located within the Cotopaxi National Park. Its architectural style and construction are designed with local resources and traditional Sierra building methods, aimed at minimizing environmental impact and integrating with the breathtaking mountain landscape. Despite the remote location, Tambopaxi lodge features a range of modern amenities like Wi-Fi, accessibility for special needs, worldwide telephone communication, laundry service and equipment storage, just to name a few.
Hacienda Hato Verde is found in the Cotopaxi province, approximately an hours drive south of Quito along the Latacunga highway. It is a few kilometers away from the main entrance to the Cotopaxi National Park. Hato Verde is part of an old cattle ranch whose main house is 120 years old. It has been remodeled to preserve its stone materials and rustic colonial style. In the surrounding area you will find the markets of Saquisilí, Latacunga, Pujilí and Ambato, as well as the picturesque lakes of Yambo, Anteojos and Quilotoa.
La Cienega, the oldest and most splendid colonial hacienda in Ecuador, has belonged to the descendents of Marques of Maenza since the seventeenth century. Situated on the outskirts of Volcano Cotopaxi and its national park, it’s just an hour and a half’s journey from Quito, capital of the Middle of the World. Surrounded by the Andes most magnificent snow-capped peaks, the hacienda, which was converted into a beautiful Ecuadorian mountainside lodge with two-metre thick walls carved from volcanic rock, finally opened its doors to the public in 1982, offering charm, history and tradition.
Posada de Tigua is situated 55km from the city of Latacunga. The house is approximately 130 years old, and its walls are made of mud, straw and horse manure. Contributing to the environment, the house has a water turbine which generates electricity and a shower that operates on the same alcohol ensuring minimal environmental impact. The meals are prepared with organic products from the farm, as well as our own made yogurt and cheese. Typical dishes of the house are dry roasted mutton and lamb.
Known as the Gateway to the Amazon, Baños is a charming town located at the foot of the Tungurahua active volcano. This scenic region of Ecuador offers plenty of hotel options and opportunities for both adventure and relaxation. Waterfalls, rivers, and soothing hot springs are just the beginning of your stay.
Luna Volcan is a romantic hotel for couples, family or friends. The setting is unique, surrounded by mountains, 70 waterfalls and thermal water, spring weather, with an average temperature of 62 - 77°F all year round. Luna Volcan's 310 acres of unspoilt Andean forest are located on the eastern flank of the active Tungurahua volcano, above the charming town of Baños, gateway to the Amazon rainforest, surrounded by Sangay and Llanganates National Parks.
The Samari Spa Resort is located next to Baños and provides extraordinary, spacious gardens with an exotic atmosphere. The resort has the biggest Oriental spa in Ecuador, where you can enjoy various baths and alternative therapies with medicinal plants and minerals that are taken from the natural surroundings. The fully equipped convention center can accommodate 280 people and includes the latest technological facilities.
Sangay Spa Hotel in Baños is run by English climber Brian Warmington and his Ecuadorian wife Martha. The Sangay Hotel is located next to an impressive 80 meter waterfall and is just across the street from the most famous thermal baths in Baños which have stimulating, health restoring properties. The waterfall can be admired from the balcony rooms.