One and a half hours north of Quito, Hacienda Pinsaqui is ideally located at the flanks of the Imbabura Volcano and in the heart of Ecuador lake province. It is just a stone’s throw away from the world famous Otavalo handicraft market, Cotocachi leather town, and the small town San Antonio renowned for their wood handicrafts. Hacienda Pinsaqui with it’s three centuries of history is an experience in itself and is by far the right hotel choice in Otavalo.
In 1790 Hacienda Pinsaqui worked as a colonial textile enterprise with thousands of weavers exporting their fabrics to the United States. Today, this Otavalo Hotel still retains the authenticity from its earlier incarnation and is a unique travel experience.
Illustrious historic figures have been hosted through the ages at Hacienda Pinsaqui including the revered liberator of Ecuador, General Simon Bolívar. In the late nineteenth century the historic peace agreement between Colombia and Ecuador, the “Treaty of Pinsaqui”, was signed in the manor house.
Early in the morning your Guide will see you at the lobby of your hotel and will take you for a day of adventure on a horseback in the colorful Imbabura province. This whole area is full of beautiful landscapes all decorated by the presence of the Andes, mountains and volcanos like Fuya-fuya, Cotacachi and Imababura are the highest among others. Today your guide will take you to Hacienda Pinsaqui, a colonial hacienda that dates back to 1670 and played a very important role in the history of Ecuador. Now in the hands of the family Freire and its sixth generation the hacienda is a very important place that offers luxury hospitality service in the province of Imbabaura. The family has always been important in the province and as a symbol of status they own horses of the best breeds and they have even been involved in equestrian tournaments.
In a three-hour horseback riding journey you will be immersed in the history of this hacienda and the province, you will go through backroads and trails that will take you to admire the beauty of the landscape and the lifestyle of the local communities. Your English-speaking Guide and local hacienda horse expert will escort you during this day filled with nature and passion for horses.
When you get back to the hacienda, a very traditional lunch will be served in the main dining room where you will be able to taste some of the most delicious typical dishes of Ecuador and the area.
In the afternoon, you will return to your hotel in Quito.
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The schedule and all touring arrangements herein are subject to change without notice and can be operated in a different sequence, depending on operational considerations. All hotels are subject to availability and can be substituted for similar hotels.
All payments for custom-designed itineraries are non-refundable in the event of cancelation by passengers. Travel insurance is highly recommended.