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Hacienda La Alegria
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Reviewed 4 August 2013

I visited Hacienda La Alegria with my boyfriend this summer and unfortunately we were only able to stay one night. Neither of us are horse back riders but were excited to experience some of the beautiful Ecuadorian countryside.

The family made horseback riding a seamless experience for two beginner riders. They were careful to make us feel safe and comfortable and explain anything we could need to know. We had a blast.

Everyone at Hacienda La Alegria was extremely accommodating and went out of their way to make us feel at home. The food was delicious and we really enjoyed the communal meals. We were able to meet some other very interesting travelers.

The Hacienda itself is gorgeous. The rooms were clean, comfortable and fit well with the ranch experience. We loved walking around the premise and seeing all the animals and the views are really amazing.

I would recommend this place to anyone looking to enjoy the Ecuadorian countryside and would love to go back!

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank lily h
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Reviewed 24 July 2013 via mobile

I went to hacienda la alegría with My wife and two kids. We all rode horses and had a great time. My 6 year old son was initially afraid but with the staff's guidance he was Able to ride for more than an hour. The food is very good. The rooms are clean and comfortable. The scenery is beautiful. They make you feel at Home. I am definetely going back.

  • Stayed: July 2013
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Thank JGYE
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Reviewed 14 July 2013

I cannot imagine a better place for a horse enthusiast. We had a great time and we really are not horse people. Gabriel literally opens his home to you as his guest and what a gracious host. He spent hours with us showing us the grounds and the workings of his dairy farm. (That's really what goes on here, a working dairy farm.)

However, you can quickly tell his passion is horses. He can lead a ride from 2 hrs to nearly two weeks.

My wife was quite tentative about riding and he personally gave us ~1 hour lesson and calmed her fears. We had a great ride!

Not a lot to do here other than ride and relax so keep that in mind.

Lodging was comfortable and the food with local recipes was very good.

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled with family
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Thank OutnAboutForUs
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Reviewed 10 July 2013

If you are looking for unique horseback riding through the breathtaking mountains of Ecuador and a wonderful atmosphere, you should not miss staying at this Hacienda. The horses are excellent, the views incredible and, most importantly, this family-run place makes you feel truly at home in a very subtle manner.

We extended our stay by a couple of days. The food is excellent, the rooms are wonderfully cosy and have stunning views - and Gabriel and Patty are amazing people to meet.

We felt truly welcome and enjoyed every minute in this very poetic gem of Ecuador.
Thank you so much for those very special days.

Room Tip: The rooms are all lovely with wonderful views.
  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank Laetitia M
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Reviewed 5 July 2013

Hacienda La Alegria is a truly unique and beautiful place. Not only is the building is beautiful and the rooms comfortable, but the food (made by the family's cook of 20 years) is the best we had in Ecuador. Gabriel was a wonderful host! He made us feel as if we were guests of the family, not guests staying at a hotel. He took time to stay with us throughout our entire visit, explaining the workings of the farm and the culture of Ecuador. The staff was also super friendly. Not just nice, but they all made us feel at home. It was fantastic putting on "wellies" and tromping through the mud around the farm, watching the cattle be round up as they passed through colonial gates to get from one pasture to another, the llamas and alpacas running in circles to protect the baby from the dog. Not to mention learning how to rope a horse and watching a Chagra demonstration. We also toured to entire dairy and met his fantastic neighbor who is growing the biggest cabbages we have ever seen!

As we did not go on a horse riding trip, we spent a lot of time getting to know Gabriel and at the Hacienda. The rooms all have a fantastic view of the surrounding mountains and the grounds are green and are nicely decoarted. The beds are comfortable and the bathrooms are a great size. One of our parties rooms had a fireplace and it was so cozy and nice to relax next to it. The old house is romantic and fantastic. On our last night we met Patty, Gabriel's wife and she is fantastic.

We cannot express enough what a wonderful time we had at Hacienda La Alegria. Thank you to Patty and Gabriel for teaching us so much about life on a Hacienda, great company, fantastic food and wonderful wine. Even if you do not ride the horses, Hacienda La Alegria is absolutely worth a visit.

Room Tip: The rooms with two beds are larger and might have a fireplace!
  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled with family
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