We have been coming to Las Palmeras since 2012 and to Otavalo and Jama on the coast since 2010. We had visited Otavalo a few times before and fell in love with the countryside and most of all the people. Then came the first time we stepped foot into Las Palmeras, WOW we just knew we were home! Ah Hacienda Las Palmeras Inn. Upon arriving up a quaint cobblestone drive opening up into lush gardens a beautiful 150 year old hacienda and smiling faces. The Inn is at 8700 ft. and the onsite restaurant with everything from egg sandwiches to Cuy (guinea pig) and always tantalizing dinner entrees cold cervezas and a good selection of fine wines, why would you ever leave? There are guest suites in the Inn, two lovely buildings of guest suites and family suites set back in its own area surrounded by gardens and a wonderful grove of eucalyptus trees. As well as the garden cottages, very cozy standalone accommodations.
The hacienda is set on 15 acres with many flowering plants soft deep grass and giant palm trees and an array of native plants. The weather is eternal spring with temperatures ranging from the mid 70’s to lows in the 50’s, in the rainy season a bit lower. I have to tell you coming from the muggy and wintery mid-west it’s quite a relief. The greatest thing I discovered is when the sun is hot just step into the shade and its cool and most always a breeze. But remember one thing the GM once told me every Ecuadorian knows; you never tan…… just burn! The area outside of Las Palmeras is very safe and we walk the small roads well outside the town into the hills and have never had any fear. Just smiling people and incredible walks and views.
Casas, wonderful casas, only 11 and some are privately owned, some for rent and a few are for sale. We live in the most wonderful Casa Olana. Again surrounded by stunning gardens, 3 Koi ponds and some of the best mountain views in the world. We can see Madre Cotacachi at 16000 ft. out our front windows and from our terrace Padre Imbabura. Have I mentioned we are the first full time residents here at Las Palmeras? There are hummingbirds here some with foot long tails, 4 inch tall iridescent humming birds and too many others to list. The gardens, the birds, the sky so close and the clean cool mountain air. I just can’t say enough.
Just a 20 to 40 minute walk about 3 ½ k (some days we walk faster and some slower), or a short $3.00 taxi ride into the Plaza de los Ponchos. The world famous textile market. You think you’ve been to outdoor markets? Well think again. You’ll need at least a day or two. Like to haggle, browse, eat great food? Well you’re home! For the brave make sure to come to the Saturday market, from the animal market outside town just across the Pan American to the whole town in full market mode, stall after stall, this will take all day and you won’t see half of it! Now from Plaza de los Ponchos head up hill to the main square, Bolivar Park, museums and San Luis Church. Make the time to go inside and light a candle or just quietly absorb the greatness of the amazing place.
Near Lago San Pablo 5 minutes by taxi, enjoy Pequche waterfall a sacred place to the Indians and well worth the 20 minute walk. For a longer hike that will take some effort at 3 ½ to 5 hours and being fit is at Cuicocha lake. A still active volcano with an 800 ft. deep lake do the rim trial. Or relax and take the small tour boat around the lake. The Condor Park is close as well. Not to be over looked is Cotacachi leather goods and restaurants just a few kilometers away.
From the towns, restaurants too many to name to hiking, shopping to just sitting on your terrace sipping a cool drink Hacienda Las Palmeras has it all. Remember the old saying…… location……. location….. that is Hacienda Las Palmeras Inn.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Las Palmeras Inn, a 25-minute downhill walk to the markets of Otavalo, overlooks the often snow-capped Cotacachi Mountain. Its garden cottages have fireplaces, new bathrooms and patios. Fine food and tranquility personified. ... more less
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