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.
Viewpoint to spot the Andean Spectacled Bear: Located in the community of San Jose de Sigsipamba. The Andean bear is one of the largest wild mammals of the Andes mountain range and is the only representative of true bears in South America. At the viewpoint, a group of Spectacled Bears has been identified and can be observed in their natural habitat and have been spotted from the rainforests and moorlands from the villages of Mariano Acosta and San Francisco de Sixipamba, in Pimampiro.
Petropglyphs: Visit the Shanshipamba petroglyphs of symbolic designs engraved on rocks. There are 4 rocks of different sizes distributed between the community of El Carmelo and Shanshipamba, where guests can observe the markings. The excursion includes a short walk through these two communities, including walking along the old Amazonian trade 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’s powered 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 craftsmanship in the handloom production