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. The cosy living and reading rooms, as well as teh beautiful gardens, add to the peaceful atmosphere. Delicious home Ecuadorian cuisine is prepared with organic vegetables, trout and dairy products produced on the Hacienda.
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.
Hacienda Zuleta offers a great variety of activities for its guests, including horseback riding, mountain biking, hiking and horse drawn carriage. Guests can visit the Andean Condor Huasi Project rehabilitation program, visit the local village of Zuleta, the embroidery workshop, or even search for spectacled bears.
The Plaza family and local team, with their natural warmth and hospitality, welcome you to this beautiful country house and invite you to share their life at an authentic hacienda in the Andes of Ecuador.
Churi the Condor
Sadly, Hacienda Zuleta announces its groundbreaking condor release programme has suffered a setback. 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.
FD Excursion from Quito to Hacienda Zuleta
Zuleta is offering daily visits from Quito to the farm with lunch and optional horseback riding or biking for this low season 2017/18. Please ask your DMC for details.
New Dining Room
Hacienda Zuleta's team of restorers are adding the final touches and antique pieces to the spacious new dining room, which will open later this month.
Certificate of Excellence for Hacienda Zuleta
Zuleta has received Tripadvisor's 2017 Certificate of Excellence for its consistently excellent reviews!
Staff Musical Chairs at Zuleta
The dedicated, delightful and efficient Maria Fernanda Sánchez, previously Host Leader, has been promoted to Sales Manager, while Sofía Borja, ever popular with Zuleta's guests, has taken over her role as Host Leader, and Amable - a former host and former President of the Zuleta Community - has returned to the fold as a host.
Fiesta de San Juan at Hacienda Zuleta
San Juan, the fabulously raucous, colourful fiesta returned for another year as hundreds of locals and tourists took over the Hacienda's main plaza in late June to celebrate St John the Baptist, the Harvest and Community ties. Processions, dance groups and tipsy partygoers circled the plaza, some engaging in the traditional giving of roosters to the Hacienda family in return for money and patronage. This ritual, started from the time of the former President Galo Plaza Lasso, represents the strong bonds between the Hacienda and the community and is a must see occasion. See photos here from this year's colourful San Juan fiesta at Hacienda Zuleta.