I actually stayed here back in 2008 before I was ever a member on TripAdvisor, but came across Hacienda online the other day and thought I should contribute to the good online vibes for this place.
It really is a special place to stay and it is far away from everything, so that you really feel that primal beauty of mother nature as you take in the surroundings. The hacienda is really like a big family home, which definitely contributes to the experience. Run by very very nice people who feed you very good, fresh, home made food, guide you through banana plantations and dirt roads on horse back rides, take you on AMAZING AMAZING hikes through the cloud forest where you end up swimming in the streams and rivers, and taking "showers" under waterfalls, and then in the evening the people of hacienda get together with the guests in the family room and play guitars and sing. The atmosphere is absolutely amazing. Note that it does take about 4-5 hours to get here by car from Quito, but the trip is fun and you see so much local life on the way, in my opinion the road tip is actually a bonus, despite the sometimes-crazy road conditions and police check stops near the border with Colombia.
The only reason I gave it 4 stars and not 5 is that there were some issues with insects, as really should be expected perhaps in such a remote and close to nature setting. These issues were due perhaps to the age of the building and and having quite large gaps under the doors and in the window frames (the windows have glass, but no nets and there are also no mosquito nets above the beds - or at least there were none in 2008). That said, mosquitoes were NOT the problem, it's the other type of bugs that would get into the room, especially if the light was on (which we avoided doing after our first night, because we literally got freaked out by what was going on outside our window when we turned our light on). The names of all these bugs I do not know, but between them, a variety of small and large moths, and several giant spiders we found in the room one morning - I would rather take mosquitoes any day. Two particularly memorable occasions were when my husband found a spider in his shoe one morning and both of us jumped back onto the bed screaming bloody murder while the huge spider hurried across the room, and another when there was a baby tarantula underneath our breakfast table (on both of these occasions the staff promptly came to our help). But if you don't mid the insects, then this place is absolutely a 5 star. And even I who cannot think about spiders without shuddering, would go back here - the place was THAT enchanting otherwise!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The hacienda is located three hours Northwest of Quito and one and a half hours Northwest of Otavalo and Ibarra The same family has owned the hacienda for over 90 years. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hacienda Primavera Wilderness Ecolodge Hotel Imbabura Province