An Otavalo hacienda where curious minds are rewarded with more questions…
With its roaring fires, sumptuous tapestries, louche saints and antiques, the restored 19th-century former home of a successful hacienda owner is itself a collection of the culture, art and people of the Andes. The history of our Otavalo hacienda is faithfully revered yet playfully reimagined with mischievous touches; look closely and you’ll find a Beatrix Potter garden cottage, a Bond villain’s secret door, and politicians painted into an indigenous mural.
Hacienda Cusin is a playground for the worldly-wise, an asymmetric daydream of nooks and crannies, oddities and marvels to explore and to spark curiosity. Here is a place to contemplate life, in a bubble of unusual peace.
Here, among the Chopin minuets, working stable yard, and the armchairs and magazines placed just where they should be, you could retreat from the world as you know it to an entirely unknown one, where every hour of every day would hold something new.
Ask Reception for a guided Otavalo hacienda property tour of the houses and grounds.
In the heart of the northern Andes of Ecuador
Our Otavalo hacienda is located just ninety minutes by car north of Quito, at the foot of the imperious ‘Taita’ Imbabura, the seasonally-snowcapped volcano that dominates the region, close to the San Pablo lake and the famous craft market of Otavalo.
A passionate and experienced team
The team behind the day-to-day running of the hotel-hacienda – many of whom hail from the local community – is affectionately known as La Familia Cusin, or the Cusin Family.
Centuries of history
Just like the tapestries hanging in the Salón Simón Bolívar, Hacienda Cusin’s history is finely woven with threads of diverse epochs, cultures and personalities. Purchased at an auction from Philip III, King of Spain, at the Escorial Palace, by the prominent Luna family in 1602, the original sheep farm and wool business comprised of two valleys and all the land between them and the lake – some 100,000 acres (50,000 hectares).
Homage to the Andes through art
Though it might not seem to at first glance, on closer inspection each piece of our Otavalo Hacienda’s prolific Andean and Ecuador art collection is linked to the next, bound by a fine thread that the beholder is challenged to define. This is not a museum but a full immersion in Andean creativity: a thrilling and stimulating exposure to the arts, curated by the hacienda’s owner who loves to lay down an intellectual gauntlet.
Flowering Perennial Gardens
A peaceful escape in which to contemplate life or an adventure playground to feed the imagination and explore, the five acres of Hacienda Cusin’s perennial gardens, a delight for adults and children alike.Find out more
Looking to explore our grounds, play games or discover our nearby attractions? Learn about our activities.
The Monasterio de Cusin makes the ideal setting for any type of meeting or conference. Find out more.
Our Spanish classes are private and tailor-made, enriching any stay in the Andean highlands.
Reservations in Ecuador
We can arrange other elements of your journey like hotels and tours to Galapagos and the Amazon.
Celebrate your perfect day in an idyllic setting and with attention to every detail. Find out more.
Historical, beautiful hacienda The hacienda was a highlight of our brief highland tour. 400 years old and tastefully decorated with antiques and art, it provides an atmospheric... read more
Nice grounds but don't arrive at night We arrived at the hacienda at night for our two day stay. The area surrounding the Hacienda is sparse to say the least.... read more
A quirky and interesting place to stay, but don't stay in room 21! We were put in in room 21, which is on its own immediately adjacent to the main road, and a short distance away from... read more