Dating from the late 16th century, Hacienda Zuleta is a colonial working farm belonging to the family of Galo Plaza Lasso, a former president of Ecuador. Surrounded by the spectacular Ecuadorian Andes the hacienda has 17 beautifully decorated rooms with antiques, historical family portraits, open fireplaces and views of the gardens or mountains.
Some rooms have a private garden or terrace. The 4000-acre estate is steeped in history and is still a working hacienda, farming cattle and sheep and producing various crops as well as cheese and milk.
Why we like Hacienda Zuleta
Offering an exclusive stable with more than 100 of their own breeds of Zuleteno horses, an independent cheese factory and mouth-watering farm-to-table Ecuadorean cuisine, Hacienda Zuleta has truly retained its character and remained true to its historical roots.
One of our favourite experiences is the intimate al fresco picnics and dinners that can be arranged next to roaring bonfires or nestled within the wildflower-filled gardens.
The hacienda is surrounded by wide open spaces and a network of adventuresome trails that can be explored on foot, on bike, or on horseback. At a more leisurely pace, there are excellent opportunities for birdwatching and learning about the property’s condor rehabilitation project.
For a little more culture, try your hand at an embroidery workshop, head in to the local village to peruse the markets, or take a tour of the Hacienda Zuleta cheese factory. Nights in this region tend to be crisp and skies are star-studded, so we recommend that you head outside of an evening to revel in the beauty of the nocturnal landscape.
- Working dairy farm and cheese factory
- Horse stables with own breed of 100 horses
- Organic vegetable garden
- Andean Condor Rescue Centre
- Picnic area
- Garden and terrace
With a focus on conservation and education, Hacienda Zuleta established The Galo Plaza Lasso Foundation in 1995 as a non-profit organisation to improve the education and infrastructure of the local community and protect their unique environment and local traditions.
Particularly successful are the Andean Condor Rescue Centre, the Zuleta Embroidery Project and the Zuleta Library, which have made a significant difference to the wellbeing and future of the area.
A jewel in the heart of the Andes, Hacienda Zuleta is situated in the heart of Ecuador’s Avenue of Volcanoes, approximately two hours north of Quito.
Hacienda Zuleta was chosen as one of the world’s “Top Ten Finds” by Outside magazine and named one of the best Ecuadorean hotels by National Geographic Traveller.