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Hacienda Primavera Wilderness Ecolodge
New York City, New York
2 reviews
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“Magical! Spectacular!”
Reviewed 26 February 2011

I first visited la Hacienda Primavera in 2001, just a few months after its grand opening. During that visit, I was bewitched by its charm and its tranquil surroundings. Since, I have faithfully visited almost every year, making it into my private oasis, in which I feel that as the clouds roll down the mountains so do all the tensions and worries of my daily life.

La Hacienda’s breathtaking views of rolling green mountains, roaring rivers and beautiful birds is just one part of what makes this amazing place my favorite and treasured get away. The other part is the graciousness and hospitality of its staff who are responsive to your every need at all times by creating stupendous meals with special attention to specific tastes and desires, maintaining the rooms clean and free of critters, offering spectacular hikes, fabulous horse back riding, bird watching and sightseeing and filling the nights with delightful guitar playing and memorable ballads. I can’t wait to return to re-experience it all, all over again and many times more.

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled solo
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Englewood, New Jersey
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Reviewed 25 January 2011

We stayed at Hacienda Primavera with our 3 adult children for 4 amazing days. We were transported from our inn in Cotopaxi to Primavera by Pepe himself, the larger-than-life owner of the hacienda (his English is excellent.), who wanted to make sure we didn't get lost. Yes, Primavera is quite a ways from the big city, but that's part of what makes it so incredible. With its gorgeous pool, lush landscape, perfectly situated hammocks and large, clean rooms, the place immediately makes you forget about the long drive to get there.
The hacienda is a working farm, so we were surrounded by banana trees, papaya and guava orchards, and coffee plants. All of these make an appearance in the day's cuisine.
The staff, including Pedro, the chef by day/guitarist and singer by night, could not have been more accommodating. We had some special dietary requests, and Pedro fulfilled these exactly as we had asked. Byron, who grooms and trains the hacienda's magnificent horses, led us on an incredible ride into the jungle, where we stopped at a trout pond and caught our dinner. The horses ranged from lazy to thoroughbred, so each of us found a horse to match our skill level. While some of us rafted the Rio Mira (it was rainy season, making this one of the most intense and thrilling rafting trips we've ever had), Byron took my son on a long hike, teaching him how to cut and haul 40 lbs. of bananas on his back, and picking coffee beans which his wife peeled and which the kitchen guys dried on the stove for us to take home with us. Armando took us into the tiny town of Primavera to join the locals in a holiday celebration, where we were given sugarcane moonshine and drafted into the volleyball tournament.
Hacienda Primavera is a hidden gem if you're looking for a remote, beautiful setting and like to hike, ride, raft, and relax at night. The lower altitude makes the weather temperate and the hiking easier. The flora is spectacular. The food is delicious and fresh. Pepe delivers a level of personal attention that is rare, and his insights into life in Ecuador (he lived in the US for many years) are insightful and entertaining. We all agreed this was a perfect choice for us.

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled with family
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Cluj-Napoca, Romania
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 January 2011

This Hacienda has it all! Great service, great food, and so many things to do... or just relax by the pool and enjoy the scenery. The resort is great for people of all ages. We brought our 8 month old daughter along and there were other guests in their 60s and up!

The drive from Quito is not short, but there are so many things to see along the way, including stopping to stand on the equator. On the way back, we also stopped in Otavalo at the market. If you love to bargain over prices, that place is heaven... otherwise, you pay full or over-price, and yet everything is still incredibly cheap. And the finds can be great quality. My Otavalo tablecloths have stood up to washing better than my Crate & Barrel ones!!

We went horseback riding, hiking to waterfalls, and I got to go white water rafting while hubby stayed with the baby :) All the guides are so nice and helpful. You can just feel that everyone there wants to make sure you are happy and having a great time. Knowing that they all care so much made such a difference in the quality of our stay.

The food was excellent. Lunches and dinners are prepared at pretty flexible hours. They usually figure out when you will be done with your morning and afternoon activities and adjust the timing accordingly. Breakfast is whenever you wake up. Make sure you ask for the "Ecuadorian breakfast", which consists of last night's leftovers fried up with rice and an egg. Great energy for your morning hike! All the juices are freshly squeezed and they have a pretty great selection of wines.

Our room was clean and tastefully decorated. The beds were comfortable, and my husband is very sensitive to this. Each room has it's own bathroom and balcony, and the views are breathtaking.

Our stay at the Hacienda was by far the best we have ever been on... and we have been around the world a bit. You couldn't ask for better views or friendlier staff, and the activities are plentiful. Would highly recommend!

  • Stayed February 2010, travelled with family
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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Reviewed 5 November 2010

The website promises a lot, reading the website it would seem that the hacienda will be well organised and very professional, unfortunately our experience did not live up these expectations.

First the Bad - It is a lot further away than we expected, it was hard to tell from the website exactly where it was located but in the end it took us 3.5 - 4 of driving, changing cars/drivers in Ibarra, to get there. The last 12km are on a very rough road which makes it feel even longer to reach the hacienda. We found out that its actually very close to the border with Colombia. The return journey from Ibarra to Quito was absolutely terrifying, the taxi driver contracted to take us drove at high speed, overtaking anything and everything on blind corners, across continuous lines and generally putting our lives and his in danger the entire time. Then the taxi broke down and it took us an hour to convince him that he should put is in another taxi and pay for it as we couldn´t wait on the side of the road with him with traffic roaring past for the rest of the afternoon.

The hacienda is only staffed when there are people staying there, which means rooms are damp and the floors were not clean. Also they bring in food for the length of the stay, but as we didn´t know this we didn´t specify and dietry requirements and as they didn´t ask it meant I ate the same meal (very tasty) more or less for lunch and dinner for 2 days. It also meant when we asked to leave early we had to pay for food wasted.

The day we arrived we had lunch, asked to use the internet as we had to check an urgent email and the man in charge suggested we go for a walk, we agreed and asked him to wait until we had checked our email. He then disappeared completely as did the chef and waiter from lunch. We seemed to be completely alone in the building in the middle of nowhere and no amount of shouting located anyone. By chance I noticed that the owner of the hacienda was on skype on the computer I had used to check email, I told him everyone had disappeared and we didn´t know what to do next. Thankfully he told us which room the manager was in, where we found him sleeping! That same night as we were having dinner we saw him disappearing out the door, clearly on his way out and we had to stop him briefly to find out what we would be/could do the following day.

The website seems to indicate that walks and riding will be in the cloud forest in the area, in fact the one walk we did was in the grounds of the hacienda and the riding was solely up the road and down the road that the hacienda is on. It was clear from the horses complete refusal to go anywhere off the road that that is what they are used to doing. It also mentions knowledgeable guides, it was clear that whilst the manager is a friendly and nice person, he had very little knowledge about anything including what a ripe orange looks like. He seemed to learn quite a bit from my husband in our time together!

The good - The location is gorgeous, the house with a bit of attention could be stunning but it lacks creature comforts. The people are very nice, and the chef and waiter kindly treated us to a 2 hour musical concert on our last night which was fantastic. And the manager is a lovely person and very funny but is too laid back and disorganised. When we had to leave one day early (due to paperwork issues in Quito) they kindly organised this for us and we did not have to pay for the nights accomodation that we did not use, very kind and very flexible.

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled as a couple
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haciendaprimavera, Owner at Hacienda Primavera Wilderness Ecolodge, responded to this review, 18 January 2011
We are sorry that you lost your passports in Quito before coming to us, Unfortunately we are far away from the city and I can see that we were the wrong choice for you. The fact that you had to leave early created problems with the transportation, no matter what we did we couldn't make you happy. Sorry again
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New York City, New York
2 reviews
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Reviewed 24 August 2010

You'll never forget the tranquility of the surroundings and its beauty.

  • Stayed August 2010
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 28 June 2010

We just came back from Hacienda Primavera. This place is amazing! This is our second time there we love it so much.
It is always warm and sunny during the day, and at night it is cooled off by rain which keeps the area lush and green.
The views are beautiful and our room had a double balcony overlooking the surrounding valley. We were quite impressed. Last time we were on the other side of the central garden which was also nice, but #4 has the better view.
The staff was very nice and attentive to everything we wanted. We wanted to go visit the local schools, which we did and it was fantastic! We brought them some crayons, pencils and notebooks which was much appreciated.
We also took a tour of the hacienda's plantations. Ask to do this if you are interested, because we loved it! They are growing organic bananas, papayas, coffee, lemons, oranges and they just harvested a plantation of beans while we were there. The cook made them for us and they were delicious!!!! He also made fresh fruit drinks for us from the farm. Yum! I read the comment below and asked the cook about it. He said that they are not able to go 100% local because the region cannot produce all the variety of foods/goods they need for the hotel. He said there is a plan to start a vegetable garden next to the main building. Also, they said they chose to get their meats from the large supermarkets in the city because they require health inspection certifications that many of the small local Ecuadorian farms do not need to have.
The administrator said that the hacienda grows only organic foods, but the region had been stuck on using pesticides, etc., but that ever since Hacienda Primavera started going 100% organic, the neighbors have been catching on that it works and is less expensive so there has been an increase in the number of local organic farmers. Most of them are planting coffee and banana only.
Regardless, the food was great.. definitely homestyle, but delicious after a good hike or horseback ride.
I am looking forward to coming back when the coffee is ready for harvesting. They are promising that it will attract a lot of bird species.
The horses are very friendly and tame. We are not experienced horseback riders, but we felt very comfortable with the horses there.
The whole place is very laid-back. Perfect for us because we just need some time off from our hectic lives. We will be back and highly recommend it.

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled as a couple
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North Palm Beach, Florida
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Reviewed 22 June 2010

We spent a fantatic week at this place and enjoyed a multitude of activites. The cloud forest is breathtaking and the climate most always comfortable. High mountains covered by lush jungle surrond the modern and comfortable hacienda faciity, which is staffed by local professionals including a great cook who doubles as a crooning guaitar playing entertainer. Meals are served by a formally dressed waiter in a dining area overlooking spectacular views. The stables are manned by horsemen having vast knowledge of the animals and the countryside, who serve as necessary guides through the terrain surronding the hacienda. Horseback opportunities are available for all ranges of riders, from beginer to expert. The more advanced rides include narrow paths over very steep terrain bordered by whitewater river beds, which would be impossible without the local horses and guides.

In addtion to the riding, we enjoyed activites including level 3 white water rafting, trips to the local markets and small towns, and a day excursion to the Pacific Coast and the coastal town of San Lorenzo, a small city which has grown up around the gold mining industry and has the feel of the wild west. We also enjoyed swimming in and relaxing around the beautiful swimming pool at the hacienda, feed only by the freshly running river, which also provides a background of sound soothing to the soul. Birding opportunities are plentiful as are hikes and exploration of the local floura and fawna.

Our group consisted of 2 couples and we were the only guests there that week. In addition to having the entire staff to ourselves, we were graced with the presense of the propietor and a few of his family members who helped us plan each day to ensure our continued enjoyment. Speaking Spanish would have made our trip even more enjoyable, however we had no trouble communicating with our hosts.

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled on business
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Property: Hacienda Primavera Wilderness Ecolodge
Address: Caserio Primavera, Ibarra 59362, Ecuador
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Region: Ecuador > Imbabura Province > Ibarra
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Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #3 of 32 Speciality Lodging in Ibarra
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Number of rooms: 10
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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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