My friend and I were just finishing touring Galapagos islands when we arrived at la Hacienda Alegria. The difference of weather and temperature between the islands and the mainland was a shock but fortunately, the warmness of Don Gabriel and Pati, in their hacienda made us feel fantastic and like at home.
This was just the perfect place to be around Quito ! The hacienda is fantastic, the rooms are large and comfy, meals were super tasty and it was nice to share dinner with Gabriel and Pati.
We spent just one night in la Hacienda Alegria, before leaing for a 2 days trip horsebackriding at Cotopaxi / Tambopaxi (organized by la hacienda).
I did ride a horse twice in my life when I was 8 and was going for a 80km horse trip: anybody would have been scared when thinking of jumping on the horse. But Gabriel made everything easy for me, letting me ride a horse the night before our trip, to get confident, and then choosing the right horse for the right person, everything was just perfect. Gallopping through the Andes, to get to the refuge tambopaxi at 4000meters was just like a dream. I have never felt that free before !
I just wish I could have stayed longer. Gabriel and Pati are such a nice couple, that you would want to stay and help them at la Hacienda and with the horses for the rest of your life !
if you plan to go to Quito, don't miss la Hacienda Alegria !
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hacienda La Alegria is a family horse hacienda in the heart of Ecuador's "Avenue of the Volcanoes". We are situated one hour south of the historic colonial city of Quito, the capital of Ecuador. One hour to Cotopaxi National park. One hour to Saquisili Market. Two hours to Quilotoa crater lake. Pasochoa Volcano, Corazon, Viudita and Illinizas volcanoes on the area. One hour to Quito Airport. Explore the dairy operation, milking cows, feeding calves, petting our 4 border collies, Aging cheese cave, 24llamas alpacas and vicuna, rabbits, guinea pig, rose garden, hacienda garden with orchids and old trees, hot tub, two fire place living rooms, wall climbing, fishing trout, making bread, pizza or BBQ at the wood oven, the 9 volcanoes at the valley, enjoy the Cotopaxi with his vapor fumes in the back of Ruminahui Volcano in front of the hacienda. The rooms are beautiful and spacious with a picture perfect view of the country side. Now also available a suite. The food, wine, the beer and cheese are delicious and plentiful. We plan to produce our own cheese with the 1500 liters of milk per day, from our 240 cattle. Learn to Ride, groom, pet, feed, shoe, educate and enjoy our 67 horses. We breed horses and for next year we plan to have 20 new foals. Enjoy the voulting experience, 3 different arenas to start riding or learn, try the wood polo horse, the chagra demonstration, riding games as the Sortijas or Cintas. Choose the multi day rides from one day to 12 day ride at the Andes. All of this makes Hacienda La Alegria a family destiny and a life time experience. The mission of Hacienda la Alegria is to provide high quality horseback riding and eco-tourism adventure along the highest trails of the Volcano avenue at the Ecuadorian Andes, assuring personalized attention and hospitality " ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hacienda La Alegria Hotel Quito