We spent a fantatic week at this place and enjoyed a multitude of activites. The cloud forest is breathtaking and the climate most always comfortable. High mountains covered by lush jungle surrond the modern and comfortable hacienda faciity, which is staffed by local professionals including a great cook who doubles as a crooning guaitar playing entertainer. Meals are served by a formally dressed waiter in a dining area overlooking spectacular views. The stables are manned by horsemen having vast knowledge of the animals and the countryside, who serve as necessary guides through the terrain surronding the hacienda. Horseback opportunities are available for all ranges of riders, from beginer to expert. The more advanced rides include narrow paths over very steep terrain bordered by whitewater river beds, which would be impossible without the local horses and guides.
In addtion to the riding, we enjoyed activites including level 3 white water rafting, trips to the local markets and small towns, and a day excursion to the Pacific Coast and the coastal town of San Lorenzo, a small city which has grown up around the gold mining industry and has the feel of the wild west. We also enjoyed swimming in and relaxing around the beautiful swimming pool at the hacienda, feed only by the freshly running river, which also provides a background of sound soothing to the soul. Birding opportunities are plentiful as are hikes and exploration of the local floura and fawna.
Our group consisted of 2 couples and we were the only guests there that week. In addition to having the entire staff to ourselves, we were graced with the presense of the propietor and a few of his family members who helped us plan each day to ensure our continued enjoyment. Speaking Spanish would have made our trip even more enjoyable, however we had no trouble communicating with our hosts.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Hacienda Primavera Wilderness Ecolodge Hotel Imbabura Province