Discover a slice of Ecuadorian history, Andean nature and rural mountain culture with a two-night stay at one of the country's most acclaimed guest properties. Located at 9.000 feet in the Andean Highlands less than two hours from Quito, Hacienda Zuleta is an authentic colonial-era working farm founded in the late 16th century. The original farmhouse is now a genteel inn, with accommodations in beautifully appointed guest rooms with heavy stucco walls, woodburning fireplaces, traditional carved furniture and hand-embroidered textiles. Beyond lies a 4,000-acre expanse of native flora and fauna, including rare spectacled bears, pumas and endangered Andean condors. Preserving this wild sanctuary has been a priority for the hacienda's owners, the Plaza family, who operate a foundation to promote conservation efforts in addition to varied sustainable agriculture enterprises on the estate.
Visit a Condor Rehabilitation ProjectSee condors up close at the Andean Condor Huasi Project, established to help bring back Ecuador's critically endangered population of the world's largest flying bird
Search for Rare Spectacled BearsOn hikes or horseback, look for spectacled bears—one of the main conservation projects on the hacienda—in the native forest surrounding the farm
Watch & Taste Artisan CheesemakingTour the hacienda's acclaimed cheese factory, where 14 varieties are produced using the rich, creamy milk produced by Zuleta’s 300 prized Holstein cows
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