Ecuador Hacienda Group Highlights
Ecuador is one of the most bio-diverse countries in the world and this experience takes guests to the Andes Mountains where life moves at a slower pace and the centuries-old traditions of the Chagras (Ecuadorian cowboys) are still alive today. The highlight of this trip is a two-night stay at a working hacienda bordering the Cotopaxi National Park, featuring an active volcano which last erupted in 2015.
Sometimes the journey is just as important as the destination. Groups will spend a night exploring Old Town Quito, a UNESCO World Heritage Centre, before embarking on a half day hike to reach the hacienda. The hike begins at Limpiopunga Lake and crosses the slopes of the Ruminahui Volcano where they will eat lunch in a cave. Upon arrival at the hacienda, guests will have use of the spa facilities prior to a dinner featuring locally made foods including meats and cheeses from the hacienda.
Each day, guests will choose from a selection of activities offered on-site. Given this is cowboy country, horseback riding on the hacienda’s 1300 acres is always popular. Groups also have the option of mountain biking, hiking, relaxing in the spa, or taking cooking classes.
Following the day’s activities, guests will head out to the Tentadaro (bullring). Here they will get to know the Chagras as they learn about lassoing, working with cattle, and the ancient art of bullfighting (no animals are harmed). As daylight turns to dusk a massive bonfire will be lit in the bullring and guests will enjoy Ecuadorian barbeque and craft beer as Chagra folk music is performed for them.
After days on a working hacienda, it is time to relax and rejuvenate. The group will go to the Latacunga Valley (Latacunga means God of the Gaps) to visit a rose plantation in the heart of the inter Andean valley. Guests will then head to Papallacta Hot Springs where they will stay for the final night. Here they can relax in thermal pools adjacent to the guest rooms or have a spa treatment leaving them refreshed and in great spirits for the journey home.
Guests will arrive at Quito Airport which has direct flights to New York, Dallas, Miami, Atlanta, Fort Lauderdale, and Houston.
The heart of this program is the groups stay in the volcanic heart of the Andes Mountains at a beautiful family-owned working hacienda, set on 1,300 acres bordering Mt. Cotopaxi National Park. The hacienda features 4-star accommodations, farm-to-table dining, an incredible trail system, and a new spa. Groups will also stay at a 5-star hotel in the Old Town section of Quito, Ecuador’s capital city and a boutique resort featuring thermal pools.