No better way to discover the local culture of Ecuador; immerse yourself in day to day life at traditional working farm, Hacienda Zuleta.
Hacienda Zuleta lies in a lush Andean valley, a three-hour drive North of Quito. Once home of late Ecuadorian president Galo Plaza Lasso, the 17th-century hacienda is our favourite stop in the Ecuadorian highlands. Hacienda Zuleta is still run by the Plaza Lasso family, and tea with Galo’s daughter Margarita is the best introduction to Ecuador’s history and culture.
The traditional hacienda anchors a 4,000-acre working farm, complete with its own cheese factory and condor conservation program. The vast grounds are best explored on the hacienda’s renowned Zuleteño horses, and traditional cooking and weaving classes are available for those looking to immerse themselves in local culture.
After a day hiking or cycling along estate trails, indulge in an evening of wine and homemade cheese by the fireplace. Meals follow traditional family recipes and are served on a long communal table with fresh produce straight from the hacienda’s organic farm. All suites are located in the main building – Mamita Osayo is our favourite – and date back to 1691. We recommend 2-4 nights in beautiful Hacienda Zuleta.