Romantic Places in Ecuador
Quito Founded in the 16th century on the ruins of an Incan city at the base of a volcano, the capital of Ecuador was designated a World Heritage site citing it had the best-preserved, least altered historic centre in Latin America. The monasteries of San Francisco and Santo Domingo, and the Church and Jesuit College of La Compañía, with their rich interiors, are pure examples of the ‘Baroque school of Quito’—a fusion of Spanish, Italian, Moorish, Flemish and indigenous art. Café Cultura Robles 513 y Reina Victoria Quito, Ecuador T: +593 22 224 271. 26 rooms. US$ 109- www.cafecultura.com Once a private home, then the French cultural center, this lovely 2 story mansion with whitewashed walls and a traditional terracotta tiled roof was stylishly transformed into a romantic hotel by architect-owner László Károlyi. Hotel Patio Andaluz NG-52 Avda. Garcia Moreno Quito, Ecuador T: +593 21 228 0830. 32 rooms. US$ 204 www.hotelpatioandaluz.com Renovated 500 year old colonial mansion located in the heart of Old Town, a UESCO World Heritage site. Ecuadorian Andes, Quito Descendants of prominent Ecuadorian families have opened their country estate haciendas –set in awesome high Andean landscapes–to travelers. Hacienda Chillo-Jijon Nr. Quito, Ecuador T: +593 2 334 261. US$ 245, per person, includes meals and activities. www.hacienda-ecuador.com Perhaps the most luxurious hacienda in the Andean valley, it epitomizes the life of the elite going back to the l8th century. Still owned by the same family, this romantic hotel sits on 22 acres just outside Quito. Hacienda San Agustin de Callo Cotopaxi foothills, Ecuador T: +593 2 290-6157. 11 suites, 5 rooms. US $250-, includes two meals, horseback riding and fishing www.incahacienda.com 48 miles from Quito, this hacienda lies in the foothills of the snowcapped Cotopaxi volcano. Originally a 16th century Augustinian monastery, the current owner inherited it from her family who were the Kennedys of Ecuador – both her uncle and grandfather were president of Ecuador. The hacienda blends Incan, colonial and European architectural styles using Incan walls, beautiful frescos, and fireplaces everywhere, including the bathrooms. Hacienda Yanahurco T: +593 2 226 360. 7 heated cabins. US $179-, includes horse riding, flyfishing and treking. www.haciendayanahurco.com A sanctuary for the Andean condor this 65,000 acre private ecological mountain reserve encompasses the picturesque Sebretana Waterfalls, the Sebretana Cliffs, and the Contadero Meadows. Hacienda Zuleta Imbabura, Ecuador T: +593 6 266 2182.15 rooms. $510 per person, all inclusive. www.zuleta.com The presence of the Caranquis Pyramids on its 4,000 acre grounds gives guests a glimpse into the world of this pre-Incan civilization. This intimate hacienda is still the family home and guests join in family activities and dine together at a common table. Zuleta grows its own fruit and vegetables, has a trout farm, a riding stable, an embroidery workshop and a condor repopulation project;. The hacienda is located 68 miles north of Quito. La Mirage Cotatcachi, Ecuador T: +593 6 291 5237. US$ 280- www.mirage.com.ec 200 year old hacienda with garden cottages decorated in old world style A romantic hotel with peacocks wandering the grounds, crystal chandeliers hanging above, and staff dressed in the embroidered cloth of their region. Located 118 miles from Quito. Hacienda Pinsaqui Pinsaqui, Ecuador T: +593 6 294 6116. US$ 108- www.haciendapinsaqui.com Four poster beds, antiques, and horses for riding to a nearby crater lake. The 200 plus year old hacienda is close to the legendary Otavalo market and to nearby craft villages. It is located 53 miles north of the Quito ariport. Simón Bolívar slept here. Ecuadorian Amazon/Ecolodges Travel 1.5 hours by canoe through the remote Amazon jungle to reach your lodge. Kapawi Ecolodge & Reserve Kapawi Lagoon, Ecuador T: +593 4 285-711. 20 cabins. US$ 400-, incl. meals, guides. www.kapawi.com This ecolodge was built with the purpose of turning it over to the native tribe, the Achuar, with the goal to provide them a viable economic opportunity that would not involve destructive development of their pristine rainforest. The Kapawi staff will meet you at the Quito airport to facilitate your flight and boat ride into the Amazon.