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This 150 year-old hacienda, with its towering palm trees and garden cottages with roaring log - fires, is tucked in a lush mountain valley less than two hours north of Quito, Ecuador.

A few miles north of the Equator at 8,500 ft (2,800 m), the valley has a climate of perpetual spring (day 65-75 F/17-21 C; night 55-60 F/11-14 C). The sun rises on sometimes snow-capped Cotacachi (4,939 m/16,298 ft) and sets on the sacred Imbabura (4609 m/15,210 ft).

From such tranquility, it is a brief downhill walk to the bustling indigenous markets of Otavalo. Tile-topped earthen walls contain an ever-blooming perennial garden with hibiscus, bougainvillea, orchids, cholan, eucalyptus, avocado, black-current, etc., which attract a profusion of birds including hummingbirds, vermilion fly-catchers, etc.

The inn's thick adobe walls preserve the day's warmth for the cool mountain nights, and roaring eucalyptus log - fires provide a cozy atmosphere.

For visitors to Otavalo's markets, our nearby restaurant makes a perfect stop for lunch, dinner or afternoon tea!
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A restored 17th. century estate
close to Otavalo, Ecuador
A powerful architectural
statement in an Andean setting

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