Located 9kms from the northern city of Ibarra, Hacienda Pimán dates back to the late 17th century and has been owned by the Zaldumbide family since. In a labour of love lasting three years, the owners restored the historic building with its antiques, paintings, library, immense stone walls, old chapel and beautiful gardens, embellishing it with tasteful, modern elements.
The Hacienda, set in a dry valley in the Northern Andes, less than 2 hours from Quito airport and surrounded by mountains. It is the perfect hotel for guests who value the comfortable accommodation, peaceful surroundings and delicious home-cooking. Guests have the option of exploring the rich natural and cultural heritage of the region – excursions to Ibarra (Salinas train), Otavalo, San Antonio, Cotacachi, as well as mountain biking and horse-riding, can all be arranged.
The Hacienda’s rooms are a marriage of the traditional and the modern, numbering seventeen in total; seven are in the old manor house and the remaining ten are distributed in large, new chalets a short walk from the main hacienda. Modern comforts are combined with a traditional warm, homely ambience and friendly, attentive service. The restaurant and lounge areas are housed within an impressive modern, exposed brick structure that contrasts sharply with the original buildings. There are also an outside eating area, open-air swimming pool and extensive gardens with beautiful old trees and colourful, exotic plants.
Spot the Andean Spectacled Bear: This is the only bear that lives in South America and is one of the largest wild mammals found in the Andes. A group has been identified near Pimampiru, around one hour from Hacienda Piman, and guests taking this early morning tour have good chances of spotting them from the viewpoint.
Shanshipamba Petropglyphs: The 4 rocks carved with intricate, symbolic designs are located between El Carmelo and Shanshipamba. The excursion includes a short walk through these two communities, along the old Amazonian trading routes.
Mariano Acosta Mill: This historical and cultural attraction is a still-functioning stone mill over 100 years old. It grinds several different grains that nearby populations produce run with a rudimentary system. It is powered by a hydraulic system that was built around 1895.
Peguche Wasi: A workshop of a group of Kichwa weavers looking to rescue and resurrect the art of weaving. In this demonstration of craftsmanship, guests can learn about their history, art and culture. This artisan workshop is located 2 km away from the city of Otavalo, in Peguche, a town historically known for its handloom craftsmanship.