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Hacienda Cusin, Otavalo

Riding your horse along a high trail, with the valley laid out beneath you and the Ecuadorian Sierras forming a majestic horizon, you could well imagine yourself to be the main character of an adventure novel, or starring in a film. Certainly the Hacienda Cusin has inspired authors and enraptured visitors for generations.

And not just for the wild beauty of its setting, or its manicured gardens. Step inside the hacienda and you’re suddenly plunged back into the colonial period. You’re presented with a huge, ornate fireplace that could have been a decorative altarpiece in a local church. Plus ancient beamed ceilings, flying angels, chandeliers and colourful Andean artefacts. All complemented by sublimely comfortable guest rooms. They’re just part of the Cusin experience – one of the high points of your luxury, tailor-made holiday to Ecuador.

Hacienda Cusin, at a glance

  • Quaint, 17th century estate transformed into a fairy tale hotel
  • Set high in the Ecuadorian Sierras, yet only an hour from Quito’s international airport
  • Choice of utterly charming guest rooms, garden cottages, suites and salons
  • Furnished with traditional Andean art and artefacts
  • All with en suite bathrooms
  • Most rooms have wooden beamed ceilings, authentic colourful décor and log-burning fireplaces
  • Great views over the gardens to snow-capped mountains
  • Dining room serving the best regional specialities – including guinea pig – by candlelight and beside a log fire, or al fresco

For leisure and pleasure

  • Close to the fascinating local market town of Otavalo and just two hours from the colonial city of Quito with its interesting architecture, sights, cultural opportunities, busy markets and energetic nightlife
  • Several acres of perennial gardens plus squash and basketball courts
  • Llamas, peacocks, rabbits, guinea pigs and turkeys
  • Horse riding and mountain biking through stunning countryside
  • Games room and Spanish classes
  • Andean rail trips available close by

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