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Otavalo lies approximately two hours drive north of Quito, and offers the opportunity to see small communities with an agricultural way of life that has changed little for hundreds of years.

You will also be tempted by the extraordinary handicrafts produced by these indigenous communities and amongst the wildlife that may be seen in this fruitful region is the magnificent Andean condor.

While it makes a good day trip from Quito, staying overnight in a colonial hacienda allows you to explore the fertile countryside and its rich wildlife on foot or horseback.

Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: Andean condor, ocelot, blue and white swallow, toucan barbet, scarlet macaw
  • Where: Imbabura Province, Ecuador
Suggested accommodation options are shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Hacienda Pinsaqui

Set in the lake district Hacienda Pinsaqui is situated at the base of Imbabura Volcano, just north of Otavalo. The property consists of a sprawl of Spanish colonial buildings surrounded by centuries old gardens, and has been in the hands of the same family for five generations.

Hacienda Zuleta, Angochagua

This authentic colonial property dates from 1691 and is still a working farm; the atmosphere is cosy and intimate, and the hospitality superb. The original building houses 15 tastefully furnished rooms, each with an open fireplace, and activities include birdwatching, hiking and horseriding.