Dating from the late XVI century, Hacienda Zuleta is a traditional, working farm of 4,000 acres that has belonged to the family of Mr. Galo Plaza Lasso, a former president of Ecuador, for more than 100 years. Located two hours north of Quito and surrounded by the spectacular Ecuadorian Andes at 9,600 feet (2,800 meters) above sea level, Zuleta was chosen as one of the world’s “Top Ten Finds” by Outside magazine and named as one of the country’s best hotels by National Geographic Traveler.
The hacienda has 17 beautifully decorated bedrooms (4 Standard, 4 Junior Suites and 9 Deluxe), all with their own fire place; beautiful gardens along with cosy living and reading rooms offer a peaceful atmosphere. Delicious home Ecuadorian cuisine is prepared with organic vegetables, trout and dairy products produced on the Hacienda.
Hacienda Zuleta offers a great variety of activities and places to visit for its guests. Horseback riding is a speciality – they have 100 horses which are used both by workers for transportation and for guest activities. The hacienda also offers mountain bikes and a horse drawn carriage for trips through the grounds to observe the milking, the agriculture, mountain views and the tranquil life of the community. Zuleta is still very much a working farm, with 300 cattle, 200 sheep and over 2000 hectares of pasture land and protected areas of native primary forest – much of the milk is used in Zuleta’s own cheese factory. Guests can visit the Condor Andes rehabilitation program, visit the local village of Zuleta, the embroidery workshop, or even search for spectacled bears. The Plaza family with their natural warmth and hospitality welcome you to their country house and invite you to share their life at an authentic hacienda in the Andes of Ecuador.
9th February 2017
Churi the condor.
It is with deep sadness that Hacienda Zuleta announces its groundbreaking condor release programme has ended in tragedy. Churi, 'son of Zuleta', the first condor bred and released by the Galo Plaza Lasso Foundation, died on the 5th of January from what has been diagnosed as pneumonia. The FGPL team are distraught, but determined to learn from this first experience and keep working to try to save condors in Ecuador. They warmly thank everyone who supported the fund to buy tracking devices, and assure them the equipment will be used in their next conservation efforts. Two other condors were released with Churi. One is missing and the other is back at the rescue center and is doing well.
Hacienda Zuleta reports the first sightings of a new spectacled bear cub. It is estimated that the cub was born to mum Negra, around August 2016. The sex of the bear cub isn't known yet. There are now 37 spectacled bears living wild at Hacienda Zuleta. These bears, made famous by the Paddington stories, are an endangered species in all of South America.