Quito, Cuenca and the Andean Highlands Travel Guide
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- Quito, Cuenca and the Andean HighlandsFirst to ReviewFeb 25, 2014
Ever since entering the travel business I have been intrigued by Hacienda Zuleta and the Andean Mountains. Zuleta is located about an hour and half north of Quito in a stunning, fruitful valley. This is a charming place to spend two or three days immersing in the Ecuadorian land, people and communities.
I was fortunate enough to kick off my South America research trip here. This area was made famous by Otavalo, which hosts a daily market featuring leather goods, textiles and local agriculture. The special extended market is set up on Saturdays. I learned this area is also the largest exporter of roses which means flowers are found at every turn, adding brilliant colors to the already beautiful scenery. A bit further up the road lies Ibarra and the surrounding area features a plethora of haciendas and communities.
The haciendas offer endless outdoor activities such as horseback riding, hiking, walking and biking through valleys and cobblestone paths. It was fun engaging with the horses, cows, pigs and dogs that eagerly welcome everyone they encounter. In the evening it’s time to curl up by a fire with a well-deserved glass of wine and plate of cheese. But what made this experience so special was the people. They are so proud of their heritage and their communities, and are eager to share their endearing smiles and fascinating stories.
This is a perfect extension for any trip to Ecuador and a warm introduction to the culture. Check out my Hacienda Zuleta review for a more detailed description of a magical place that I hope you too can experience soon.
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