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“Outstanding Cocoa Bean Farm”

Hacienda La Danesa Lodge
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Ranked #1 of 148 things to do in Guayaquil
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Hacienda La Danesa (accommodation available) is a traditional dairy and cacao farm with over 145 years of rich heritage and history, located about an hour drive from Guayaquil, Ecuador. Family-owned and managed by the third generation Olsen family, the farm offers a unique selection of tailor-made activities for guests, including horseback riding trails, hands-on artisan chocolate making and other hacienda-related programs. La Danesa offers an intimate and authentic experience for those who would like to spend the night.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Stairs / lift, Wheelchair access, Baby buggy parking, Activities for young children, Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It feels like and oasis, the experience is very nice just visiting, Now we look forward to staying (my wife is make sure we do). To see the glorious Cocoa plantation is great, Wonderful Farm House, and delightful rooms we were able to check out, reminded us of our stay in one of those luxury safari lodges in Africa, grand and exotic.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

There is one word to describe La Danesa: Magical

From the rooms, to the hacienda's set up and the staff members, this is a place you should not miss when in Ecuador. The activities are carefully planned, the attention to detail starts on your reservation and the staff members go out the extra mile for you. We will definitely be back! Thank you La Danesa, the experience you provide to everyone is exceptional!
Simon & Jihna

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Reviewed 13 June 2018 via mobile

This is a beautiful family run property , large rooms decorated very stylishly with outdoor areas looking over property.great activities are available and our meals were delicious . Thank you Neils and your great team . We had a very restful and pleasant stay .

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Reviewed 9 June 2018 via mobile

I was in Guayaquil for business and one day I decided to visit the Hacienda La Danesa with previous reservation. And frankly speaking, I am very happy for having done it. They picked me up from my hotel in Guayaquil with British punctuality. Very well welcomed at the hacienda, I did the horseback riding through the lands and teak forests, I had the chance to milk a cow, I experienced the process of producing handmade chocolate, I had a delicious lunch at the ranch style dinner patio and at each step the attention was better. Sincerely a wonderful place just an hour and a half from Guayaquil. Highly recommended and I'll be back soon.

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Reviewed 17 May 2018

While in Guayaquil, we decided to book a day's outing to Hacienda La Danesa in the countryside, about an hour's drive from Guayaquil. Metropolitan Touring was the company that provided the tour for our outing. Jorge was our guide, and he was excellent. He is a native of Guayaquil, so his knowledge of his city, and the countryside, made the tour exceptionally interesting.

The hacienda is so beautiful with its impeccably landscaped gardens, and artistically designed restaurant/sitting area. The chocolate tour, as part of our visit to this hacienda, was SO interesting because of Jorge's explanation of how the chocolate is grown and processed.

The lunch that was provided was delicious, with attention to how the food was presented on each plate. The brownies, made with the chocolate processed on site, were the best brownies we have ever tasted.

While in Guayaquil, do take the time to book a day's outing to Hacienda La Danesa. If you have more time, plan an overnight stay!

Thank Jane U
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