Mainland Ecuador
Hacienda Piman

Dating back to the late 17th century but lovingly restored over the last few years, this historic building, with its antiques, paintings, library, immense stone walls, old chapel and beautiful gardens, retains a rustic feel but with modern amenities.

Set in a dry valley in the Northern Andes, less than 2 hours from Quito Airport, and surrounded by mountains, it is the perfect boutique hotel for guests who value comfortable accommodation, peaceful surroundings, and delicious home-cooking. Guests can explore the rich natural and cultural heritage of the region – excursions to Ibarra (Salinas train), Otavalo, San Antonio, Cotacachi can be arranged, as well as mountain-biking and horse-riding.

Facilities & Activities

There is an open-air swimming pool (heated), spa and extensive gardens with beautiful old trees and colourful, exotic plants.

Guests can enjoy the rare experience of seeing the Andean Spectacled Bear at the Pimampiro Observatory, which is home to a healthy population of these fascinating creatures and other apex species such as the Andean Fox.

If you enjoy being active, there are electric bicycles to explore in and around the hacienda’s gardens, with breath-taking views of the surrounding mountains, valleys, and lakes.

The Hacienda is very well placed for day excursions. Ibarra, known as the ‘White City’ for its pretty, white-washed colonial quarter is a handsome place, filled with flowering trees. Horse-drawn carts still sometimes pass through the cobbled streets. From here the restored trainline departs, offering a fun two-hour ride on the rails with an interesting community tourism component. The train to Salinas takes passengers through landscapes which are as diverse as they are picturesque.  Nearby the Afro-Ecuadorian communities of El Chota, with their traditional African music and dance, offer for an unexpected Andean cultural twist.

Otavalo with its thriving market, San Antonio, Cotacachi, the pre-Inca site at Cochasquí, Bosque de Arrayanes myrtle forest and Cuicocha crater lake are all also easily visited as a day trip.

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Dining

Hacienda Piman is proud of the culinary traditions of the Northern Ecuadorian Andes and this is very much reflected in the hotel menu, which focuses on home-style food, cooked with fresh, local ingredients. The delicious soups, prepared with quinoa, amaranth and potato, morocho corn, fresh garden vegetables, local pork or trout are a popular option. Vegetarians are well catered for and the chef is happy to share his recipes so you can recreate the dishes once home. Adults and children alike are sure to love the fresh fruit juices prepared with tropical and temperate fruits – a true taste sensation.

The restaurant and lounge areas are housed within an impressive modern, exposed brick structure that contrasts with the original buildings. There is also an outside area for al-fresco dining.

Rooms

The Hacienda’s rooms are a marriage of the traditional and the modern, numbering 17 in total; 7 are in the old manor house and the remaining 10 are housed in large, new chalets a short walk from the main hacienda. Thick stone walls, exposed brickwork, paintings, and antiques all contribute to the characterful atmosphere. Modern comforts are combined with a traditional warm, homely ambience and friendly, attentive service.

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Family

Children are welcome at the Hacienda and will enjoy the natural surroundings and wildlife-spotting opportunities. Young train enthusiasts should definitely book the heritage train ride from Salinas or a trip to the nearby crater lake is a geography lesson in itself.

Children’s meals can be accommodated, and extra beds provided in the rooms on request.

Sustainability

Nearby the restored Ibarra-Salinas railway, dives through 30 km (19 miles) of diverse and picture-perfect scenery, crossing valleys, rivers, and bridges. It is a showcase for community tourism, offering passengers a unique insight into the patchwork of regional cultures and landscapes.

To the North, through the protected moorlands, is one of the most fascinating ecosystems in the country: El Ángel Ecological Reserve, with its surreal Polylepis forests and mysterious, giant frailejones plants as far as the eye can see.

Meanwhile, Paddington’s favourite food may have been marmalade, but the spectacled bear on which he’s based is much more interested in the rust-red flowering plants scattered across the steeply plunging hillside just a hop and jump from the Hacienda. Staff will happily organise bear-watching excursions under the expert guidance of the ex-farmer who set up the ecological project to protect these wonderful animals.

Location

Hacienda Piman is in the Northern Ecuadorian Andes, tucked into a valley and easily reached by car from Quito. Positioned on the old Pan-American highway, it is just 2 hours from the International Airport, 9km from Ibarra and approx. 14km from the Afro-Ecuadorian valley of El Chota.

Sitting at an altitude of 2100m above sea-level, the region enjoys pleasant year-round temperatures (14-30 degrees C) and little rain.

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