Deep in the Ecuadorian Andes, this 17th C manor house and working farm has been in the Plaza Lasso family - descendants of the former president - for over 100 years. The 2000 acres are home to beautiful, peaceful gardens, green pasturelands of cattle and sheep, mountain lakes with panoramic views, a Condor rehabilitation project, more than 140 Caranqui burial mounds dating back to between the 8th and 15th Centuries, as well as vast swathes of protected primary forest where endangered spectacled bears roam wild. Explore mountain lakes and panoramic Andean views of snow capped volcanoes on foot, by mountain bike or on horseback. Learn how to cook delicious local dishes or the famous Zuleteño embroidery. There’s also uniquely, a ‘Cheese House’, which showcases their on-site cheese factory, offering a hands-on tour and tastings of Zuleta’s award-winning cheeses. Guests get to experience authentic hacienda life and interact with the local community, whom the family work closely with.