Venture, Discover, Relax…
The Andean Sierra of Imbabura Province in which Hacienda Cusin is located is ripe for discovery and exploration. It’s home to the famous Otavalo markets, magnificent volcanoes, serene lakes and fascinating indigenous culture. But you don’t even have to leave the hotel for an adventure, whether you relish sports and games or more intellectual pursuits – with Spanish classes, art, books and perennial gardens to enjoy at your leisure.
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In & Around Cusin
Take a moment to explore the five acres of beautifully landscaped gardens, where the myriad plants and flowers – bougainvillaea, jasmine, agapanthus, hydrangeas, begonias, poppies, geraniums, dahlias, primroses, orchids, magnolia, Aztec lilies… – grow throughout the year, thanks to the consistent equatorial climate and rich soils that were once covered in lakes created by melted snow. With its backdrop of the neighbouring, 15,000-feet high Imbabura, our gardens are a true sanctuary of trees, cobblestone paths, ponds, patios and chairs placed just so…
Working Stables and Farm
It’s fitting that where sheep once roamed across the hacienda’s hills today llamas, peacocks, geese and turkeys ramble. Children will be thrilled to visit the guinea pigs and rabbits, take carrots to the resting horses, and learn about the care of such benevolent beasts.
To ride horseback around the mountains and valleys surrounding the hacienda is to traverse them the way many a visitor to Cusin has for centuries’ past. The romance and drama of the scenery is heightened astride one of our handsome palfry horses. Starting at an hour long, there are over six trails to explore with a guide, riding on comfortable, Western-style saddles. Helmets must be worn.
With guide: $15.00 + tax (*$18.30) per person / per hour.
Over-night riding: 2-days / 1-night, 2 guests (minimum), double occupancy, meals, tack, guide, $500 + tax (*$610).
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Games and Sports
Rain or shine, there’s a game or sport at Hacienda Cusin to be played – whatever your talent and ability. Squash, basketball and volleyball courts are located in the gardens while the games room houses ping-pong, a pool table and a darts board – ideal for when the after dinner competitive streak sets in (or indeed an afternoon drizzle).
The relief and geography of the landscapes surrounding the grounds and the San Pablo lake make for enjoyable riding country. Take our well-maintained bikes out for a spin to appreciate the area from ground level, over short or long trails. Helmets must be worn.
Price: $6.00 + tax (*$7.32) / per bicycle / per hour.
Inspiring Spanish Classes
Ecuadorian Spanish is regarded among the clearest and purest in the Spanish-speaking world – where better to learn or brush up on the language than in the inspiring surroundings of a historic hacienda? Spanish classes with us are private and tailor-made, enriching any stay in the Andean highlands.
Price: $12.00 + tax (*$14.64) / per person / per hour – 20% guestroom discount.
– Minimum 4-night stay –
Our popular cooking classes can be organised with our talented team of chefs. We’ll get started learning how to make traditional ‘wind empanadas’ (turnovers filled with cheese and raisins) followed by cooking a delicious trout fillet with vegetables inside an aluminium foil papillote. Other recipes can be requested, too.
Price: $ 26 + 22% taxes per person (minimum 2 people).
In the lush and exuberant year-round flowering gardens of the hacienda flit more than 50 species of birds, with vermilion flycatchers, fan-tailed hawks, owls tropical hummingbirds and the eye-catching northern yellow grosbeak sure to elicit a gasp of wonder. Use our bird list to check off the species you spot while birdwatching at Hacienda Cusin, and let us know if there are any we have missed out!
To help guests relax, professional, exemplary, in-room massages at Hacienda Cusin invite you to unwind and pause, escaping from the pressures of daily life.
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Reading, Painting, Writing, Films, Exploring…
Many of the pleasures to be savoured in the hacienda are deliciously simple: curling up by a crackling fireplace to read a magazine or novel, painting the orchids in the garden, writing at the great, inspiring desks of the library, delving into the 300-strong film library, and exploring the extensive grounds… Find your way to spend a perfect day.
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