Hacienda Zuleta’s beautiful grounds are full of history dating back to the year 700 A.D. Once home to the ancient Caranqui people and later Galo Plaza Lasso, a former president of Ecuador, the hacienda is now a working dairy farm. Other projects include a Condor rescue center and handicraft production that supports the local community.
Hacienda Zuleta boasts first class Andean hospitality and offers one of the most exclusive stables and horseback riding experiences in Ecuador. It is known for its Zuleteño horses and many visitors go specifically for the hacienda’s three to 10-day riding programs. All-day rides are also popular and riders are treated to a luxurious three-course picnic featuring gourmet Ecuadorian cuisine.
The spectacular scenery in the region includes snow-capped volcanoes, waterfalls and luscious green hills. Pre-Incan ruins found on the hacienda grounds are some of the most important in the country.
Zuleta is an ideal location for hiking and trekking since there are numerous trails for every fitness level and interest. Local, English-speaking guides are always on hand to help plan excursions and provide information along the way. Self-guided trails and roads are also available for those who prefer to venture out alone.
For a trip back in time, explore the hacienda in Zuleta’s horse drawn carriage. Other activities on site include mountain biking and birdwatching.
Zuleta’s mission is to ensure the survival of the Andean condor, an endangered species, and the Condor Huasi project, supported by the Galo Plaza Foundation, has been quite successful. The hacienda is one of the only places in the Andes where guests are guaranteed to spot this majestic creature. Zuleta is also home to spectacled bears, various owls, pumas and many other species.
* Book through Ishpingo Tours and be automatically upgraded to a delux room (subject to availability).