There are tall tales, short tales, fairy tales. But have you ever heard of an Andean tale? Read all about our Ecuador weddings in the Andes if you haven’t yet!
It begins with a place, like all good stories do. In this case not a castle, but a hacienda. A rural idyll tucked away in the northern Andes of Ecuador, South America. And it ends happily, of course: with vows, confetti and the most joyful day of two people’s lives.
Do all Andean tales end happily? At Hacienda Cusin they certainly believe so. For one, they have the climate. Located inches from the Equator, there is no bad time to visit, or tie the knot. Nearly every morning, the day breaks clear and crisp. The weather is never too hot, nor too cold. It’s springtime all year-round.
It needn’t be complicated, either. Bride and groom, family and guests can all fly to Quito – Ecuador’s capital – from a number of US cities, and be relaxing in the hacienda’s grounds within two hours of landing, surrounded by towering trees draped in orchids, flower beds brimming with blooms and idyllic nooks to while away the afternoons — ready to enjoy one of our fabled Ecuador weddings in the Andes.
As a former farm, the hacienda’s accommodation ranges from the handsome rooms of the main houses, through to garden cottages dotted about the extensive estate, and on to the Monastery of Cusin, an artfully-designed complex – all perfect for hosting the Ecuador wedding guests. Its dining room can seat 40, while tents can be placed around the gardens to cater for up to 200 guests for lunch.
Hacienda Cusin’s charm lies in the rural world it blends beautifully into. It’s the kind of place where time takes on another dimension, where people love to explore, discover hidden pathways through the gardens, hidden passages in the buildings. Whether it’s a hummingbird flitting from tree to flower, the play of light on the dappled lawns or the crackle of an evening fireplace, people quickly fall under the spell of this Ecuador weddings in the Andes tale.
Beyond the Hacienda and the Monastery’s grounds, a world of towering volcanoes, busy craft markets, crater lakes, antique railways, and adventurous activities awaits. The possibilities for exploring in this corner of the Ecuadorian Andes are limitless, no matter what inspires you. See our itinerary suggestions.
Short drives away, you can meander through dairy farming lands, home to majestic condors – the world’s largest flying bird – or heading east, descend into a world of mind-bogglingly diverse cloudforests, home to spectacled bears and thermal pools. To the north lie dry valleys populated by Afro-Ecuadorians with their own particular culture, while the hacienda itself nestles at the foot of the mighty (but extinct) Imbabura Volcano, a playground for trekkers and horseback riders. And right by the grounds, the San Pablo Lake can be enjoyed by boat, kayak or canoe.
Beyond, Ecuador is world within itself, punching far higher than its small size would have you believe. There are four worlds to explore here: the Andean “Avenue of the Volcanoes”, the Amazon rainforests, the coastal pleasures of the Pacific, and the fabled Galápagos Islands, a short flight from Quito.
Making a wedding into an experience for everyone who’s come to share in a special moment is utmost in Cusin’s mission. A perfect day, in an enchanting venue, overflowing with amazing Ecuadorian roses. The perfect meal for toasts and speeches, dishes conjuring all the flavors and ingredients of this strikingly-diverse country. The perfect setting for everyone to come together. All the elements of the ideal, Andean tale.
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