I visited the Hacienda la Alegria for the third time in September, and cannot wait to return! It is truly a magical place. The family Espinosa does everything possible to make each guest feel welcomed and valued. The property is just beaufiful - the perfect mix of gracious amenities and Ecuadorian charm. The staff truly wants to make each guest's stay wonderful and they deliveron that promise!
My room was large, bright, and very comfortable with a lovely view of the gardens and volcanoes. The food is just amazing, as is the time spent with the family and other guests in the lounge. A crackling fire, a glass of wine, and the sun setting over the volcanoes is a perfect way to end each day.
The working farm is amazing to see, as are the quaint villages, beautiful markets, and unbelievable landscapes. As an artist, the wealth of subject matter is amazing. Gabriel, Mauricio, and staff make every day a new adventure. I have never painted anywhere else that such care was taken of the artists. I WILL be 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