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White-washed walls and cobbled courtyards, a heritage lodge cherishing tradition and epitomising luxury in the valley.

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Hacienda Zuleta is a stately setting amongst verdant green vistas. This 17th century historic building was formerly owned by one of Ecuador’s most favourable presidents - Galo Plaza Lasso and his family. Today, this working farm’s community feel and warmth emanates through whitewashed walls out into the cobbled courtyards. 

Staying in Hacienda Zuleta is like entering into a bygone era. The bedrooms are adorned with floods of light through wooden framed windows; the President’s Library overflows with literature; gardens and courtyards, blossom fringed and flowering. All of these have been expertly restored to showcase a lodge filled with heritage. 

Upon arrival in Ecuador, Zuleta is an ideal place to bed in and adjust to the altitude of the highlands for at least a couple of nights. This is a setting of sheer peace and relaxation, where guests are welcomed in as part of the family. 

This personal and special stay provides with it access to the working farm where you can forge a meaningful relationship with Ecuador’s northern highland communities. Journey through the expansive valley on the hacienda’s own breed of horse - known as Zuleteños, and amble along 20 miles of ancient and colonial trails surrounding. 

Take a step into the past, and discover the remnants of pre-Inca cultures scattered in the form of mounds and ramp pyramids across the land. Ride by horse-drawn carriage, or speed along on miles of scenic roads by mountain bike, the ways in which you can explore this gorgeous land are endless. 

Cultural activities are a fantastic way to fill your day in the highlands. Learn to cook Andean specialities with a local chef, using the handpicked produce from the gardens. Try traditional embroidery techniques taught by a local seamstress.

After long days of adventure and discovery, relax by the fire and experience traditional music and Andean culture. Settle in the warmth and enjoy a night-cap of local potions. 

Call us on +44 117 313 3300 to start planning your holiday, we’re looking forward to hearing from you


The Property

The property is a working farm with 21 unique, beautifully appointed rooms each equipped with its own fireplace. The rooms are named after the members of the family, and the style of the property has retained antiquity with the addition of modern comforts. Little touches such as plump anti-allergenic bedding, embroidered linen, fresh flowers and hot water bottles add to the homely feel.


WiFi is available throughout most of the Hacienda along with satellite television, movies, and games in one of the living rooms. Complimentary soft drinks are available along with bar service. 


The hacienda’s restaurant offers farm-to-plate, gourmet food. The dishes are sourced from the farm and made from family recipes. Hacienda Zuleta’s cattle also produce cheese which has become famous in Ecuador for being the best in South America. All dietary requests are catered for, and the three course meals are specially prepared. 

Why Wayfairer

At Wayfairer we promote sustainable and positive tourism to all our clients who choose to travel with us. This means that all stays actively benefit the countries we visit, and experiences give back to the wildlife and communities we interact with. We only partner with lodges, hotels and tour operators in Ecuador who share our ethos. 

Hacienda Zuleta retains a legacy of respect, conservation and education today with the help of its visitors. The Galo Plaza Lasso Foundation was established in 1995, representing the liberal principles of the president and working to improve the education and infrastructure of the local community, traditions and the unique environment. The successes so far include the Condor Huasi Project, where rescued birds are cared for and treated. The Zuleta Embroidery Project and the Zuleta Library which are now part of daily life and make a significant difference to the wellbeing of the local community.

Call us on +44 117 313 3300 to start planning your holiday, we’re looking forward to hearing from you


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