Nestled in the Ecuadorian Andes, this 17th century hacienda is home to a working farm and provides spectacular access to the wonders of the region. At 9,600 feet above sea level, guests are surrounded by the beauty of the Andes, its wildlife, and the charm of the local pastoral culture.

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Built in 1691, the main building houses all 15 suites as well as cozy living spaces. Modern conveniences of anti-allergenic bedding, wireless Internet access, and satellite televisions are complemented by welcoming fireplaces and eclectic floorplans that follow the original structure of the home. Through traditional wood-framed windows, guests enjoy views of the rugged Andes and the old-growth gardens. A glimpse at old family photos, antiques, and hand-embroidered linens all echo the hacienda’s past.

The exceptional level of hospitality makes any stay at Hacienda Zuleta feel like a visit to a private home. The gardens and spacious sitting rooms are open for exploration at leisure. Dishes served in the dining room showcase the best traditional Ecuadorian flavors, featuring produce and herbs grown in the organic garden and milks and cheeses produced onsite. An attentive staff is always present, placing hot water bottles in beds each evening during dinner and attending to every guest’s need throughout their stay.

Hacienda Zuleta encompasses a 4,000-acre working sheep, trout, and dairy farm. Guests are welcome to tour the grounds to watch the daily activity of milking, seasonal sheep shearing, or to sample one of the 11 varieties of cheese made in the cheese factory. Some 100 horses call the hacienda home, bringing guests on tours throughout the region and the farm itself. Explore on horse-drawn carriage rides and mountain biking trips into the mountains, or hike through the pastures and forests of the undulating valley. Birding in the region is outstanding, and a visit to the Condor Huasi Project offers a unique look at the local conservation and rehabilitation efforts for the Andean condor.

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