The Andes to the north of Quito are home to beautiful scenery, colourful Indian markets and Hacienda Zuleta, a truly fabulous hacienda, described by National Geographic as one of their top 129 Hotels in the World, by Outside Magazine as ‘One of the Top Ten Finds in the World’.
If you have time, and your budget allows, this place really is a must. Otavalo Market, which lies in the same region is one of the largest and most colourful markets in the Andes, with fantastic handicrafts.
An Andean Shangri-La…we can’t recommend this place highly enough. Without a doubt our favourite place in Ecuador’s Andes, and a fabulous place to relax and soak up some Andean culture at the beginning or the end of a Galapagos trip. Formerly a private home (of Ecuadorean President Galo Plaza) whose decendents opened the hacienda to guests only a decade ago...
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Some of Ecuador’s most dramatic scenery is in the Andes to the south of Quito, in the ‘Avenue of Volcanoes’, including the imposing snow-capped peaks of Cotopaxi, Chimborazo.
The area is also rich in folklore. From here you take one of the most famous train journeys in the world through the Nariz del Diablo (the Devil’s Nose), offering not just a thrilling ride, but spectacular views of the area. Further south is the beautiful city of Cuenca, crossed by four rivers, surrounded by gorgeous scenery with a rich artistic and indigenous culture.
Built on the site of an Incan palace, later turned into an Augustinian Convent and also temporary home to the French Geodisic Mission whose visit to Ecuador in 1742 helped helped determine the true shape of the earth, Hacienda San Augustine is steeped in history. A former home of an Ecuadorean president, this beautiful Hacienda has been fully restored to its former glory. The views of the beautiful snowcapped Cotopaxi volcano are spectacular on a clear day ... Find out more »
A charming colonial house, in a spectacular setting at the foot of the Cotopaxi Volcano. A peaceful and relaxing atmosphere pervades the hacienda, which is both warm and welcoming and provides a great base to explore the area around Cotopaxi either on foot, or on horseback. Cesar and Maria the owners of the Hacienda are hands on in looking after guests and ensure guests feel at home. Another great bonus is the Hacienda has its own private entrance to Cotopaxi National Park... Find out more...
If you feel like experiencing some old style Ecuadorean Republical luxury in a beautiful setting with fantastic service designed to make you feel right at home, then this is the place. Relax in the beautiful gardens or sip champaign in the ‘champaign lounge’ and soak up the atmosphere. Set in the heart of the city of Cuenca, a World Heritage Site with stunning Andean scenery, 14th and 15th century architecture this hotel is filled with beautiful colonial art... Find out more »
The beautiful River Tomebamba runs past the foot of this 50 year old hotel. The rooms are comfortable with traditional furniture and have great views across the river. The staff at the hotel are very welcoming and helpful. Good location, just 15 minutes walk to the centre of town with a number of nearby restaurants and bars...
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Set in the heart of Riobamba’s downtown, this hotel makes the perfect stop over for anyone travelling on Ecuador’s famous ‘Devil’s Nose’ train journey. With very friendly, welcoming and personalised service, the hotel was originally a house of a worker from the Ecuadorean railway worker which has been fully rebuilt and refurbished, though keeping its original colonial style...
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