Dating from the late XVI century, Hacienda Zuleta lies in the spectacular Andean mountain range of Ecuador at 9,600 feet (2,800 meters) above the sea level, and only two hours north of Quito.
Zuleta is a colonial working farm of 4,000 acres and offers great variety of activities and places to visit. With horseback riding being their speciality, they also offer mountain bikes and a horse drawn carriage for trips around the hacienda grounds.
This is definitely a working hacienda, proof being the produce which includes; six thousand litres of milk are produced daily, which is used to produce eleven varieties of semi-aged cheeses, cream, yoghurt and cream cheese in Zuleta’s cheese factory! This makes it a great place to come to get an insight into Ecuadorian life
Zuleta also has a beautiful organic garden, which produces 25 different vegetables, herbs and fruits for personal use at the hacienda. All of the 15 rooms are located in the main building of the Hacienda, which dates back to 1691. As the structure of the original colonial building could not be drastically changed, every room has a different shape and charm. Individually decorated with antiques, authentic family pictures and hand embroidered linens, the guestrooms transmit the feeling of a private home.
The rooms have beautiful garden and mountain views and some provide access to private gardens, terraces or a courtyard where hummingbirds feed. The double beds are queen or king size, with four pillows and anti-allergic bedding, room service staff place hot water bottles with beautiful embroidered cases in every bed and light the fireplaces.
Suites for families and adjoining rooms are available. Satellite television, movies and games are available at any time in one of the living rooms, as well as coffee, soft drinks and a bar service.
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