We were nothing short of happy when we arrived after a 4 hour flight and a 1.5 hr drive up to the beautiful mountains surrounding the Hacienda. The Hacienda and its hosts Gabriel and Patti were warm and inviting without an ounce of pretension. We immediately settled in to our beautiful room adorned with black and white photos of local chagra. The beds are wonderfully comfortable, the bathrooms offer modern amenities and the views are spectacular. All meals are prepared and served, we were fortunate to book a semi-private excursion so we dined with our hosts daily and always enjoyed their company and conversation, both Patti and Gabriel are fluent in English and absolutely lovely people. The riding is challenging, but the horses are well trained for the most part and very sturdy. Cantering on cobblestone streets was new for me and a bit scary but after the first day we accepted that the horses were well-equipped to handle this type of terrain. We would definitely go back.
- 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