We have never stayed overnight at Guachala but we have visited many times with friends, for a quick walk around and for longer visits with lunch. This authentic -- not glitzed up or hyped up -- hacienda is full of history, and is well worth a stop on the way to or from Quito from Otavalo or points north. You must be on the Cayambe fork of the Panamerican to get there and it is very close to the wonderful Quitsato Equatorial monument and project, which is, in our opinion, a must for travelers. The old buildings and grounds of the hacienda are fascinating and there are interesting old photos all around. TravellinDocs review here is spot on in its description of the grounds, and you do feel a part of history when you visit. You should consider a meal there, but the service is beyond slow, and the food is only OK, when it finally gets there. It might taste better than OK because you will be hungry by then. But in the meantime, you can wander around to your hearts content, so a good idea might be to order your food and drinks first and tell them you will be walking around until the food arrives. Next time we visit, we plan to do just that.
- Also Known As:
- Hacienda Guachala Hotel Quito