We were fortunate to stay with the Cruz family for an afternoon and evening and had a wonderful time. From the time we were picked up at the airport by Jemina, until Daniel dropped us off the next morning, we were in good hands.
The hacienda is gorgeous and the grounds are beautifully landscaped. Our room was very nice with much attention given to details to make guests comfortable. Oh the delight of a roomy hot shower with thick towels! The bed was so comfortable.
We had a wonderful lunch seated outside in the courtyard and then we decided to explore the grounds and found a series of trails that brought us to great views of the gorge. We noticed a cave with steps leading down and decided to go back to the house to ask about it. We were treated to a tour by Emilio and he explained about the history of the Hacienda and the tunnel. It is thought that the tunnel dates back to Inca times. We followed the steps down the tunnel in the dark until we emerged into the sunlight near the edge of the gorge. We felt a little bit like Indiana Jones!
We made our way back and had coffee in the courtyard with Emilio's grandmother, a delightful lady. It was getting chilly so we went inside and Diego was busy building a fire in the huge fireplace. What a treat to sit by the fire reading our books.
We had a delicious dinner in the dining room and had a chance to chat with Daniel. Before we knew it, it was time to retire. After such a great day we had no trouble falling asleep.
The next morning we had a very great breakfast and then it was time to say goodbye to everyone and head back to the airport.
We had a delightful stay. We didn't feel we were in a hotel but instead, we were in a family's home and we were treated as honored guests. We can't wait to visit again, there are still more trails to explore.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Casa de Hacienda La Jimenita is located 15 minutes from the airport of Quito. We offer personalized bilingual service, luxurious and comfortable rooms surrounded with nature, wifi internet in all rooms and social areas, on site Restaurant with organic meals & vegetarian dishes, shuttle service to the airport, tours, and family atmosphere. We also have a private botanical reserve for birdwatching and hiking. Come and enjoy a great stay for your trip in Ecuador. ... more less
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