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Las Palmeras Inn

Otavalo, Ecuador

Las Palmeras is a 150-year-old hacienda tucked within a lush mountain valley at the base of the volcanic summits of Imbabura and Cotacachi, less than two hours north of Quito. Accommodations are in charming cottages, each replete with historic ambience evoked through wooden beamed ceilings, heavy plaster walls and log fireplaces, where a roaring fire can be set to take the chill off the cool mountain nights. Within the compound's tile-topped earthen walls, towering palm trees rise above a perennial garden abloom with hibiscus, bougainvillea, orchids, cholan, eucalyptus, avocado, black currant and more, which attract a profusion of birds including hummingbirds and vermilion flycatchers.  From such rural tranquility, it is a brief downhill walk to the bustling indigenous market town of Otavalo.