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“Highly recommended for relaxation and horseback riding aficionados”

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Hacienda La Alegria
Ranked #5 of 285 Speciality Lodging in Quito
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Reviewed 14 July 2012

We ended up staying the nights in this place whilst climbing several peaks in the area - beautiful farm out in the green with splendid views, the place has been beautifully restored. The Espinosa family is active in the dairy business and rents the beautifully refurbished rooms in their Hacienda. Fireplaces everywhere, great food sometimes even together with owner Gabriel who has many stories to tell. Excellent service quality, very friendly staff, beautiful rooms and for horseback riding apparently one of the best places in South America. Alternatively great place to relax out in the green after a strenuous climb or trip. Close to Quito but not that easy to find on his own, take a taxi (25mins) or have your tour operator organise transport.

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 18 June 2012

We ended our 8 week sabbatical and travels of Peru and Ecuador at this very delightful, extremely peaceful and beautiful hacienda. It really was the perfect mixture of delicious food, great hosting, wonderful surroundings and views, horse-riding, gorgeous rooms and chill-out time! We would horse-ride in the morning and enjoy a glass of wine in the hot tub in the afternoon before dinner. With my husband and I not being experienced horse riders I was a little apprehensive of what to expect but the horses are very well trained and getting to canter on our first trek was one of the best feelings I've ever had - amazing!! La Alegria is also a fully functional farm - so we also got talked through the milking process (while in the milking shed), met a one day old foal, saw a newly born litter of puppies and also tasted the farm's produce every morning at breakfast - delicious milk and yoghurt! I loved everything about this place and could have stayed longer - it really was the perfect way to end our once in a life-time trip.

  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 June 2012

I had the opportunity to spend a weekend with some friends, it´s was amazing i couldn´t imagine how authentic is this Hacienda with a great service, so much knowledge about horse back riding with a lot of patience if you have experience or not, the service is personalized all the time, all the environment is original and the rooms are a luxury in the middle of the mountain with an spectacular view, i couldn´t imagine a moment so enjoyable with a jacuzzi that was incredible after a wonderful day with a good company, the quality of the food was not only delicious but typical ecuadorian food to recharge our batteries.
This place works with a great agro-turism system to let us know to all the visitors how important is the land, the animals and the culture with a nice tour around the Hacienda, the Chagra Show was amazing specially when you have never seen that before so close with important information not only about this place, also about the mountains, the train and the people.
This is the best place to recommend in case that you want to have a different and authentic experience, Thanks all the staff specially to Gabriel for providing us an unforgettable stay and for sharing with us all your experiences.

Room Tip: Normally if you go to the mountain you don´t take a swim suit, but if you go to Hacienda La Alegría...
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  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 June 2012

Patty and Gabriel provided a rare combination of a working ranch/dairy with the elegance of a 100 year old home. They were the kindest and most knowledgeable hosts and went above and beyond in every respect-- even making a homemade chocolate birthday cake !! The horseback riding and trails are (and deserve to be) among the best in the world. The rooms had grand views and the food was superb, highlighting Andean favorites. We would love to bring our family back very soon.

  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 16 May 2012

My husband and I spent an unforgettable few days at la Alegria with Gabriel whose hospitality and horsemanship are unparalleled. Within a few short hours he had my husband, a complete novice, riding confidently. Our horses were carefully chosen to reflect our abilities and comfort levels - thank you to Pinto, my tenacious little mount! Our horseback adventure to the Cotopaxi volcano and national park took us through some truly breathtaking landscapes. Horse pace is the best way to absorb the beauty of such surroundings. We arrived to the welcoming warmth of Tambopaxi Lodge at dusk with a great sense of achievement.

La Alegria is a perfect place to absorb Ecuadorian working farm life. The hacienda exudes charm and ambience and all the rooms are extremely comfortable with wonderful vistas of the mountains. Our experience with Gabriel at La Alegria was the highlight of our trip to Ecuador.

Room Tip: Every room is great.
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  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 April 2012

Less than a half hour outside Quito is this fantastic hacienda, with an interesting host. We stayed at La Alegria on April 8, 2012, as part of an adventure tour. The rooms have sweeping views of the Andes and the rooms are posh by Ecuadorian standards. Gabriel, the owner, took us on a three hour horseback ride through the mountains and told us about local agriculture and dairies. Our children were thrilled by the responsive horses. Meals were served family style in the hacienda's dining hall. Made with local ingredients, the food was quite good and local beer and wine from Argentina were also availale. We never would have found this place without our tour, but it is a don't miss for any trip around Quito.

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 17 April 2012

I recently spent three days at Hacienda La Alegria and loved every moment of the visit. The accommodations, the food, the hosts: Gabriel and Paty, the staff, the horses of course (!!), the dogs, the Llamas, the dairy cows..it was a fantastic way to experience a true Ecuadorian home and lifestyle among the gorgeous area of the Volcanoes. An easy drive from Quito, a bus ride or even a train ride will get you to this beautiful property which we would highly recommend while visiting Ecuador. The family's local knowledge and history of the area offers every traveler the opportunity to love and learn about the country. The rooms were spacious, gorgeous, clean..with excellent showers and every convenience for a "country" setting. You don't want to miss this stop when you visit Ecuador...

Room Tip: The rooms that look out to the countryside have huge bay windows and are gorgeous!
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  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled with friends
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Address: Barrio Rumipamba Aloag | Provincia Pichincha, Quito 171110, Ecuador
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Region: Ecuador > Pichincha Province > Quito
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Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 285 Speciality Lodging in Quito
Price Range: £134 - £136 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Hacienda La Alegria 4*
Number of rooms: 11
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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