Hacienda Cusin is a charming restored 17th century Andean property located high in the Ecuadorian Andes at the foot of the Cotacachi volcano, about 50 miles north of Quito. Less than 10 miles from Otavalo, one of the most popular Indian markets this is a magical spot for great food, hiking and quiet reflection.
The 43-room hotel is offers comfort and a friendly atmosphere while you explore this area full of culture and tradition.
Cusin’s terracotta-tiles, winding cobblestone path-ways, fountain courtyards, towers and perennial gardens nestle beneath a deep blue sky in a wide valley. Nearby, the often snow-capped 15,000-foot Imbabura mountain and Cotacachi volcano are reflected in Lago San Pablo. Ancient lakebed soil, cool nights and a predictable equatorial sun have conspired with avid gardeners to create ever-blooming perennial gardens that include belladonna, bougainvillea, agapantha, acanthus, foxgloves, orchids, palms, flora, which attract over 50 species of birds.
Hacienda Cusin typifies good Andean service with staff who are friendly and customer oriented. Their specialty seems to be providing no-hassle help – be it additional food portions, help in ordering wine, or a ball to use on the excellent squash, basketball or volleyball courts. Wi-Fi compliments an internet café and tea is served all day in the library.
But Hacienda Cusin is not all about the hacienda. The surrounding mountains offer great horseback riding, hiking, mountain biking and birdwatching.
Within a few miles from Hacienda Cusin there is a condor preserve, 1,200-year-old pyramids, artisan villages and you can also enjoy a historic, rooftop railroad ride into the Chota desert.
Less than 20 minutes away is Otavalo, the world-famous artisan market known for its handicrafts, carpets, jewelry and paintings. The leather-craft village of Cotacachi and wood-carving village of San Antonio de Ibarra are close by.
Visitors flock here mainly to take in the markets, which are stocked with goods from some of the most respected craftspeople in the world. Many of the locals wear traditional clothing, and sell their leather-work, weaving and wood carvings at the daily markets. The horse riding is fantastic here, and the traditional haciendas are sublime places to dine and rest your head.