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“Explore the magnificent Ecuadorian Cloud Forest in style”

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Hacienda Primavera Wilderness Ecolodge
Ranked #4 of 32 Specialty Lodging in Ibarra
Reviewed June 22, 2010

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.

  • Stayed: June 2010, traveled on business
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Reviewed June 13, 2010

Hacienda Primavera is a really beautiful place in a gorgeous setting but you need to know what you're getting into by staying here as we felt rather misled by the promises of the website. We only had a quick stay there and I think it's better suited to people looking for somewhere quiet and peaceful for several days without having to "do" anything - while there are lots of options for hiking and horseback riding in the area, it can take some time to coordinate tour plans and is best for those on a relaxed timetable.

The biggest disappointment was that the food is not organic, local or grown on their "farm" (when we asked about where the farm and gardens were they were quite confused and finally said that it was all around us) - en route to the hacienda the driver stopped at the grocery store to pick up a big pre-ordered box of groceries for our stay. Not that grocery produce is all that bad - the food was all still very fresh and always included veggies - but the food just wasn't outstanding (a lot of meats in sauces and the lovely but usual juice/fruit/toast/eggs tourist breakfast) and at their price point and with promises of organic local meals I do expect more. The chef is a great guy though and an excellent guitarist!

The rooms are spacious with beautiful views, particularly the matrimonial rooms which are in the corners and feature two half-walls of windows and corner balconies (but none are really "suites", all are generous box rooms of a similar size each with ensuite bathroom). The staff was friendly and accommodating but not truly equipped to fulfill the promises of the website - we came specifically for the farm experience and to hike in the cloud forests but since another couple was staying at the hotel at the same time as us and wanted to take a short horseback ride and local hike we basically had to do that too as there wasn't an additional guide or driver to accommodate us. It's a truly beautiful place in a breathtaking rural setting but I felt it was just way overpriced for what is actually provided.

  • Stayed: May 2010
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Reviewed May 29, 2010

Words can not do justice to this little piece of paradise.
The staff are impeccable and make you feel that you are the owners of the estate and not tourists. It is like a home away from home, but you are waited on hand and foot.
Every view is spectacular and there is such a variety of things to do.
The temperature is perfect whether day or night and even hiking to the waterfalls in the pouring rain is just so refreshing.
The food is plain, simple and really good. You eat when you want, the time schedule is yours to make.
The horses are very sweet natured and very responsive. Even experienced riders ourselves we enjoyed their company. There's nothing like sightseeing from the back of a horse. The rides were divided into a morning ride of a few hours, then returning for lunch. Then an afternoon ride when we were ready, of a few hours. Every ride was different and we got to see a lot of the valley and different terrain.
The white water rafting was an exhilarating experience, but you need to cover up to protect against sunburn. We both experienced a very deep burn on our legs. A waterproof camera would be an asset on that trip.
We learned that light weight cotton or synthetic dries easier in the high humidity. Jeans will stay wet for days.
I have never felt so relaxed and at ease on a holiday before. I would highly recommend this place for those wanting rest and rejuvenation from todays rat race.
All I can say is that it was incredibly hard to leave at the end of our stay and I would return in a heartbeat.

  • Stayed: March 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 12, 2010

We had a great time from the moment Pepe picked us up in Ibarra to when we rolled out to Mompiche.

During our two nights there my three year old got to ride horses, fish for trout, milk cows, visit a pineapple farm, swim in the pool, chase butterflies, and walk in a cloud forest among other things, but his fondest memories are of playing with the staff ("the chefs" and "the cowboy" to my son) and the owner's two young daughters. Two months later, he still asks about his "friends in Ecuador" every day.

The rooms are very clean. The water is hot and the pressure is good (a bit of a rarity in Ecuador). The chef is fantastic, and meals are served whenever you want. While there we had trout, chicken, filet mignon, and pork. The waiter made sure that our three year old had whatever he wanted whenever he wanted, so much so that I needed to tell the boy that this isn't the way the world works to don't expect this at home. Plus, the coffee is great. The owner's sister owns a coffeehouse in Quito and they serve her coffee in the Hacienda. In fact, we saw where the couple next to us on the plane home were bringing back a ton of their coffee. They said they got addicted to it and got used to having a few cups a day while in Quito.

You will be lucky if Pepe, the owner who lives most of the time in NY, is there during your stay. Rarely do you find someone who is so genuinely happy all of the time. A perfect host who is full of good stories and an adventurous spirit.

The only thing I would suggest, is that if you go with a child, you may want to bring a DVD player as there are no TVs in the Hacienda. No a big deal for us, but to some it may be. I would also bring 100% Deet, but this is not specific to the Hacienda, as much as it it useful to have in most of Ecuador.

Stayed: February 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 15, 2010

Hacienda Primavera was the highlight of my trip to Ecuador. An unexpected surprise that left me wanting to stay longer to enjoy the beautiful forest and the amazing staff. But my favorite activity was horseback riding. Having never been on a horse, I was nervous but Jose (i would recommend asking for Jose as your instructor) was incredible in making me feel comfortable and taking me through the stunning landscapes surrounding the Hacienda.
After a long day of riding it was great to come back to incredible food and my soft super clean room.
I am forever grateful to all the staff for making me feel at home and giving a vacation I will never forget. See you soon!

  • Stayed: February 2010, traveled solo
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Reviewed February 17, 2010

We stayed 3 nights and loved every minute of our time there. The Hacienda driver picked us up in Quito and it was a rather long, slow drive - 4 hours - before we got to the lodge. He kept saying "Don't worry, don't worry, it is beautiful". He was right we fell in love with it right away. There are only 8 guest rooms so it is an intimate experience. The staff were awesome - the food really good, riding was fun and the rest of the time we just hung out and looked at the scenery and listened to the birds - oh yes, and there is wi-fi too. The coffee comes from the Hacienda's plantation and it was great. They are doing a lot of projects with the local people and the energy around the place just feels good! It's a perfect place for a "get away from it all" break. We will return for sure so we can enjoy Pedro's singing and guitar playing!

  • Stayed: February 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 6, 2009

My sister travels there every year and now, I know why! The place is intoxicatingly beautiful. No matter where you go in the Hacienda, there are no bad views. It is peaceful and so relaxing. A totally great get away. The food is deliciously great , excellent soups and fresh juice everyday! The service, well, they seem to be at your beckon call, impeccable ! I only wished that time would stand still...Horseback riding, hiking, waterfalls, mountains, great weather, great guides, friendly people. Welcome to the cloud forrest!!! You want to get away from it all, this is the place... THIS IS PARADISE!!!!

  • Stayed: June 2009
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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
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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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