My husband and I have traveled all over the world for the past 30 years with and without kids (Africa, Asia, South and Central America, and Europe) and the experience at the Hacienda La Alegria is excellent and authentic. The owners Gabriel and Patty Espinosa make guests feel completely at home. They are warm and generous and go out of their way to make your trip memorable. The Hacienda has been in the family for over 100 years, it is steeped in tradition and has lots of charm and history. It is a working dairy farm along with a top notch riding program that can accommodate riders of all ages and levels.The horses are well trained and the chagras (cowboys) go to great lengths to make your riding experience enjoyable. I grew up riding in the mountains of Wyoming on a cattle ranch and the riding experience at the Hacienda is the best I have ever seen. The Hacienda has a program of rides from a few hours to a ten day ride in the Avenue of the Volcanos. Also the Hacienda is just one hour from Quito (they will pick you up, no need to rent a car)) so it is a great place to stay for three or four days prior to heading with the family to the Galapagos. It is family friendly, the food is excellent (fresh, healthful, and very tasty), the rooms are gorgeous and comfortable with fireplaces in them. Ecuador is a breathtakingly beautiful country with very few tourists in the Andes and the Indian markets with the indigenous culture is completely fascinating. The experience in Ecuador is far better and more authentic than Machu Pichu which is now overrun with tourists. It is a great and very reasonable (in terms of price) place to go with the family and have a real country farm/hacienda experience along with learning to ride or improving one's riding skills! Also Ecuador is a very safe country and easy to get around and the people couldn't be more friendly and accommodating. I recommend Hacienda La Alegria highly!!!
- 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