We were picked up at the airport in Quito and driven to the Lodge, arriving in the dark during a rainstorm. We were welcomed in, bags taken to our room and asked when we'd like dinner - and since we'd been traveling for 22 hours, asked for it soon wondering if that was possible...but we sat down to a delicious dinner in about 20 minutes. The next morning, we awoke to the wonderful sounds of birds singing and a rushing river below. The vista from our porch included the verdant river valley surrounded by tall, steep, green hills. Our first breakfast on the veranda was delicious and included blackberry juice, french toast, jam, eggs and wonderful coffee. Following breakfast we were asked if we'd like to go on a horseback ride and were then taken on an amazing three hour ride into one of the nearby canyons - and the rest of our stay was just as wonderful as the first day. We had booked a five day stay and were sorry to have to leave. The staff are wonderful, we were well cared for, the food was delicious and the lodge is kept in excellent condition. The staff, including the chef, the server, the driver and the farm manager were very attentive and wonderful people. Knee boots are provided for all the hikes and the horseback riding. When we visited (October) it rained at some point nearly every day and trails tend to be muddy. Since the Hacienda is near the bottom of the valley, most hikes require walking uphill. We were taken, at our requests on wonderful hikes up the steep hills, on horseback rides, and were even able to pick coffee one morning. Best thing about the Hacienda was breakfast and birding on the front porch in the morning. A wonderful place - quiet, remote and a great place to start a vacation or to just decompress and relax. We were the only guests during our five day stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The hacienda is located three hours Northwest of Quito and one and a half hours Northwest of Otavalo and Ibarra The same family has owned the hacienda for over 90 years. Renovated luxury suites. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hacienda Primavera Wilderness Ecolodge Hotel Imbabura Province