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Hacienda Primavera Wilderness Ecolodge
Ranked #4 of 32 Specialty Lodging in Ibarra
Reviewed May 4, 2012

Spent three nights at Hacienda Primavera in April and had a wonderful time. The rooms were comfortable and elegant, the views were gorgeous and the hospitality was impeccable. Pepe, Henry and Jose took great care of us and our kids (8 and 10). We went horseback riding, coffee harvesting and fishing and still had plenty of time for relaxing at the hacienda and reading our books.

It's a bit of a haul from Quito, but we were coming from the Galapagos and wanted to stay somewhere at a lower elevation. With limited time, we didn't want to spend two days with headaches trying to acclimate. Hacienda Primavera fit the bill and exceeded all of our expectations. We recommend it highly!

Room Tip: Corner rooms have the best views.
  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 17, 2012

My wife and I spend two great nights at Hacienda Primavera at the end of March 2012. If you want a beautiful, comfortable and remote lodge in the rainforest, this is the place. We were picked up in Quito by Henry for the long drive north to the Hacienda. He was an excellent guide, stopping at a small place for local pasteries and taking us to the indigenous market in Otavalo. We knew we were getting close when we left the pavement for the last miles on dirt roads. Hard to believe that such a beautiful, well designed and comfortable lodge could be built in such a remote valley. As it turned out, we were the only two guests staying those nights, so the staff of four were all ours. They were great--fine food, excellent service, very nice "matrimonial" room with balconies on two sides overlooking the river and valley below. Aside from birds and the river, we were far enough away from roads and other people to have nearly complete silence at night. We took a fairly long and steep hike (for which they supplied Wellington boots) to a waterfall and over the next ridgeline on day one, with a pickup in a nearby village after a few hours. The landscapes are fantastic, with steep hills alternately covered in grassy meadows and dense woods along trails you sometimes share with cattle. Birds and butterflys (whose names I don't recall) were everywhere and our guide Jose pointed them all out for us. The next day, we did another longish hike, but this was mostly on horseback. We took a dirt road which I am told would get you to the provincial capital if you had 12-14 hours to spare (and is not on any maps I saw), then diverted into the woods, meadows and various creek-beds. When the route became too steep for the horses, we dismounted and hiked up higher into the clouds. At the top we were in a jungle of trees and vines where we found the rare breed of parrots which was our goal. Since they are best seen at dawn or dusk (we chose the latter), we came back down in twilight and rode our horses back mostly after dark. What we first thought were eyes looking at us from the forest turned out to be thousands of fireflys lighting our way back to the dirst road. That was an adventure. On aoother walk, Jose took us up a hillside, following a stream bed which led to a waterfall that even he had not seen before. His machete was a necessity, since apparently no one else had come that way for years. The hitherto nameless waterfalll is now, by the way, named for my wife: Susie's Cascada. We visited the hacienda's coffee and banana fields, played with the puppies that live at the stables and really enjoyed coming back to the very nice, cool pool at the front of the hacienda. The food was excellent, the drinks alway cold (try the guayabana juice) and were served with style. Actually, this was some of the best food we had in our two weeks in Ecuador. The owner Pepe dropped by as we were leaving and we wished we had more time to talk to him about his transition from being a doctor in New York City for 20 + years to his return to his home and his building of the hacienda. Next time.

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 31, 2012

If you scroll through the ratings until you find FBMadrid, you will find my exact sentiments. The setting and property are beautiful and the staff was great, but no one was knowledgable about the wildlife in the area, which, by the way, was not the same wildlife the website claimed could be seen. I was most looking forward to the horseback riding, and I was sadly disappointed. The website shows beautiful tack hanging in a nice room or stable area, but what we found was a pile of various horse equipment piled outside. My friend's saddle had a nail sticking out of it, and mine was tied on with baling twine. The only place to ride was on the road. Not fun.

The owner had given us a price to pick us up in Otavalo, and then changed that price later, in his favor of course.

My favorite part of the trip was listening to the chef play guitar and sing Spanish folk songs. He was very good. The hike to the high waterfall was also very nice.

Room Tip: All of the rooms are nice.
  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled with friends
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haciendaprimavera, Owner at Hacienda Primavera Wilderness Ecolodge, responded to this reviewResponded April 11, 2012

The house you are referring to is the original house of the Hacienda builded 120 years ago, so it is an antique and we decided to keep it as it is, All the reviews for those dates in our book look great, and I was there in those dates and I don't remember you or the trip to Otavalo, we have a flat rate of $60 from the Hacienda to Otavalo it is listed on the website,

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Reviewed January 24, 2012

Awaking to the sound of birds and sunlight dancing across my face, I realized we were in the closest thing to paradise. In all directions, a lush green landscape awaits with rivers and hidden waterfalls.

The rooms are exactly what you see on the website. Simple but clean. What Primavera lacks in luxuries it makes up for tenfold in its surroundings and service. The staff are always helpful and willing to assist you planning your day.

We went on a hike through the banana and coffee plantation and enjoyed views that would take your breath away. Not to mention being able to pick fruit right off the tree for a mid-hike snack.

We took advantage of the unlimited horseback riding and enjoyed many hours of scenic riding with our guide. Upon our return they always had a fresh glass of lemonade waiting for us.

The food was always fresh, plentiful and varied. Any special requests were always filled.

The drive to Hacienda Primivera is long but well worth it. We arranged our transportation through the hacienda at a very reasonable rate.

If you are looking for beauty and peace in an intimate setting you will truly love this little slice of paradise.

Room Tip: corner rooms have the best views and sun
  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 5, 2011

we live in quito and have done a lot of travel throughout ecuador. the area around the hacienda is very isolated and we hadn't found reason to travel up that far. hacienda primavera provided more than enough reason to make the bus journey from quito. pepe, the owner, took care of us from the moment he picked us up in a neighboring town. right away, he set up on horseback to go exploring the area. the food we were served was consistently great and falling asleep to the sound of the river was a treat. the next day we took a longer horseback ride, enjoyed the pool area, and found plenty of time to relax in beautiful surroundings. we will certainly be back and would recommend the experience highly.

  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 5, 2011

I have been living in Ecuador for over a year now and I feel I have experienced a wonderful variety of what the country has to offer. I've enjoyed ever bit of the travel so far but Hacienda Primavera has definitely been my favourite! This hotel is so much more than just a hotel-- Although the rooms are immaculate and comfortable, the view is beyond compare and the food is it is nutritious, delicious, and available whenever you are hungry -- for me, what made this place so wonderful was the people. Pepe, and his amazing staff do everything in their power to ensure you have the best possible trip. Whether they are leading you on wonderful day excursions, ridding horses, teaching you to milk a cow, or simply serving you your dinner, they treat every guest with great care and genuine kindness, evening going out of their way to be helpful and make your experience memorable! They even surprised us with some fabulous evening entertainment (after working all day I might add!) The staff sat with us and sang the night away to a wonderful mix of traditional and modern Ecuadorian folk music.

This was an authentic snapshot of rural life in Ecuador and it is one that is not to be missed!

  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 23, 2011

We were picked up at the airport in Quito and driven to the Lodge, arriving in the dark during a rainstorm. We were welcomed in, bags taken to our room and asked when we'd like dinner - and since we'd been traveling for 22 hours, asked for it soon wondering if that was possible...but we sat down to a delicious dinner in about 20 minutes. The next morning, we awoke to the wonderful sounds of birds singing and a rushing river below. The vista from our porch included the verdant river valley surrounded by tall, steep, green hills. Our first breakfast on the veranda was delicious and included blackberry juice, french toast, jam, eggs and wonderful coffee. Following breakfast we were asked if we'd like to go on a horseback ride and were then taken on an amazing three hour ride into one of the nearby canyons - and the rest of our stay was just as wonderful as the first day. We had booked a five day stay and were sorry to have to leave. The staff are wonderful, we were well cared for, the food was delicious and the lodge is kept in excellent condition. The staff, including the chef, the server, the driver and the farm manager were very attentive and wonderful people. Knee boots are provided for all the hikes and the horseback riding. When we visited (October) it rained at some point nearly every day and trails tend to be muddy. Since the Hacienda is near the bottom of the valley, most hikes require walking uphill. We were taken, at our requests on wonderful hikes up the steep hills, on horseback rides, and were even able to pick coffee one morning. Best thing about the Hacienda was breakfast and birding on the front porch in the morning. A wonderful place - quiet, remote and a great place to start a vacation or to just decompress and relax. We were the only guests during our five day stay.

Room Tip: The east corner rooms are a treat - with views across and up or down the valley and includes the bac...
  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Address: Caserio Primavera, Ibarra 59362, Ecuador
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Location: Ecuador > Imbabura Province > Ibarra
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Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #4 of 32 Specialty Lodging in Ibarra
Price Range: $204 - $206 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 10
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. Renovated luxury suites. ... more   less 
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