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“Southern Hospitality on the Equator” 5 of 5 stars
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Hacienda La Alegria
Barrio Rumipamba Aloag | Provincia Pichincha, Quito 171110, Ecuador   |  
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Ranked #2 of 139 Specialty Lodging in Quito
Yazoo City, Mississippi
1 review
“Southern Hospitality on the Equator”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2012

It doesn't get any better. Our group of 11 stayed for 12 days in August/September. We felt like family when we left. The Espinosas are as gracious as any 'Southerner' can ever hope to be. Waking up and looking out your window on paradise. Perfect weather. Great food. Good staff.

Room Tip: If the weather is cool ask for a room with a fireplace so you can enjoy the crackle of a fire.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Beirut, Lebanon
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2012

I visited Hacienda La Alegria for two nights only and wish i had planned to stay longer. The fact that i was an amateur did not prevent me from fully enjoying the horseback riding experience! I was patiently taught how to deal with horses and ended up riding 8h that day :) The Espinosas are simply wonderful and warm, the food is great and most importantly it's a beautiful get away far enough from Quito to seek an incredible experience but close enough to prevent tedious travelling :) Definitely a must! I loved it!

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2012

I stayed here for two nights 6-7th August 2012, and i had a great days riding in the local countryside. Dinner both evenings was excellant and the company of other guests was friendly and welcomming. The room was clean and comforatble with a magnificent view.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
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Hannover, Germany
2 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2012

I stayed here this July and couldn't have been happier with the experience. The main house is the older part, where the main living and dining rooms are located, and is in a beautiful colonial style. The fireplace is lovely and it's quite something to just sit there and warm up after a day of horseback riding. There is a newer wing added to the side (maintaining the same style of the main house) where all the guest rooms are located. The rooms are beautiful with very comfortable beds and large windows allowing for lots of light and a spectacular view of the mountains from each room. The new wing also has a separate living room and deck with a Jacuzzi, available to guests. Aside from the lovely accommodations, all the meals are also delicious. Breakfast is a mix of both warm food (varying from eggs, to french toast, to arrepas etc) and bread, yogurt, jams and cereal. Thus, there is always a bit of everything for everybody. The lunches and dinners are both 3-course warm meals, generally traditional dishes from the region. All were excellent.
The owners of the hacienda are most welcoming and make sure to take care of the needs of each guest. I really felt at home while there.
As if simply staying there weren't enough, the horseback trips are an amazing experience. Many tourist riding trips require riders (regardless of experience level) to walk at a slow pace and the guides dictate routes. Here, while the routes are planned out, the visitors have a say in the pace of the ride and don't feel like they are merely being lead around, but that they get to explore themselves. Always in good hands of owner and guide Gabriel, groups get to see the beauty of the Ecuadorian Andes and feel like a true Chagra.
If you come to Ecuador, Hacienda La Alegria is a place you must visit!

Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
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Istanbul, Turkey
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2012

I came to Hacienda for a couple days and had the warmest experience of my life. Enjoying the beautiful view of the mountains from every corner, spending time with the fellow visitors next to the fireplace, chatting with the owners during dinner time, tasting the traditional dishes of Ecuador made freshly in the kitchen next door... These were some of the best moments besides the amazing horseback riding trip. Even though I was a true beginner, I didn't feel like a novice. I was guided every second of the trip. We enjoyed our chocolates in high altitudes and great views. Learned about the nature and the traditions.

This place is a family run business. Mr. Espinosa is a super outdoorsy person who accompanies you during horseback riding. Mrs. Espinosa is the sweetest person who is an iron chef for Ecuadorian cuisine and hospitality. You might run into their youngest daughter Serena occasionally. She is a true fan of horses and outdoors. If you catch her, talk to her about travelling, horses and food. I would not skip this opportunity and immediately visit their website to make a reservation!

Room Tip: You can ask for the newly built rooms, but all rooms are great, very clean and authentic!
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Lima, Peru
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2012

Amateur or pro in horseback riding, this is the place. Anyone looking from a chillout time to an adventure in the Andes, should visit the Hacienda La Alegria.

We spent a weekend at the Hacienda and we had the pleasure of joining the traditional annual Parade of the Chagras (the cowboys of Ecuador), everyone at the Hacienda, including all guests, rode along other 2000 horses in this colorful parade. This was a unique experience that not every tourist in Quito gets to enjoy. This was certainly a highlight of my trip to Ecuador and my stay at the Hacienda. Not to mention, its beautiful location, delicious and fresh food, spacious, cozzy and confortamble rooms... we did not want to leave this paradise.

And if you are tired after riding for some hours, there is a jacuzzi with a great view of the mountains to relax.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Quito, Ecuador
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2012

The owners of Hacienda Alegria truly believe in creating a home away from home. The food is fabulous, including great vegetarian meals, the rooms are newly renovated, fresh with colonial decor, and the views are spectacular. This haven is a must to include in your visit to Ecuador!

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Additional Information about Hacienda La Alegria

Address: Barrio Rumipamba Aloag | Provincia Pichincha, Quito 171110, Ecuador
Location: Ecuador > Pichincha Province > Quito
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 139 Specialty Lodging in Quito
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hacienda La Alegria is is a family-run organic farm in the heart of Ecuador's "Avenue of the Volcanoes". We are situated one hour south of the historic colonial city of Quito, the capital of Ecuador. One hour to Cotopaxi National park. One hour to Saquisili Market. One hour and a half to Quito Airport. We offer traditional hospitality with a touch of luxury at our beautiful hacienda. We cater for independent travelers and larger groups and can tailor a package for most requirements. Above all, at La Alegria we specialize in horseback vacations amid the majesty of the high Andes of the Equator. The mission of Hacienda la Alegria is to provide high quality horseback riding and eco-tourism adventure along the highest trails of the Volcano avenue at the Ecuadorian Andes, assuring personalized attention and hospitality " ... more   less 
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