I've stayed at Hacienda Cusin many times since 1997 and I returned for another visit in November 2012. It's still as wonderful as ever! The gardens are lush and beautifully maintained, the food is fresh and delicious, and the staff are as friendly as they can be. The rooms are comfortable and varied. Most have fireplaces; you'll return from dinner to find a crackling fire in your room. None of the rooms have televisions or phones, which is perfect for a REAL vacation. (Internet and WiFi are available if you need them, though I prefer to remain unplugged as much as possible. Somehow the world keeps turning without my electronic intervention...)
I always enjoy horseback rides at Cusin. The stables are well run, with very skilled guides, well-trained trail horses, and lots of stunningly beautiful places to ride, whether for a few hours, all day, or overnight. I always take private Spanish lessons for two or three hours a day at Cusin; the tutors are wonderful. Try going to one of the Saturday markets in Otavalo with your tutor; you'll learn a lot! On Saturday mornings there is an animal market that starts early, a food market, and a clothing market. All are worthwhile and fun.
You'll want to stay at Cusin for at least three or four days, just to take in all the beauty of the place, the surrounding countryside, and the markets at Otavalo. Try one of the Garden cottages with the Umbrella rate; it's a great value and a very enjoyable experience. Hacienda Cusin is just wonderful! Highly recommended.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel. A restored, 400 year-old hacienda with restaurant - organic food, sports facilities & games rooms, library, several acres of gardens. 45 staff. Within minutes of Otavalo's markets. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hacienda Cusin Hotel Otavalo