A relaxing weekend at the elegant historic Hacienda Pinsaqui, Ecuador
A few months ago, I had decided to explore a bit more in-depth the Northern part of my country and choosing Hacienda Pinsaqui, an hacienda with over 3 centuries of history, located only 90 minutes from Quito was perfect in order to accomplish this goal.
Spending the night at this place, brings its visitors back in time and is one of the highlights of many groups visiting Ecuador.
If you want to stay at the most emblematic and exclusive lodging near Otavalo, Hacienda Pinsaqui is without a doubt the choice for you.
Their warm and friendly staff offer a hospitality reminiscent of a bygone era.
Our first night, we were invited for a welcome drink at the bar in the Hacienda. Despite it being a chilly night, the warm atmosphere made us feel right at home. A group of musicians playing music from the Andes, while guests at the Hacienda were enjoying a warm cup of our traditional drink: canelazo. This memorable event would set the tone for our whole stay and this tradition has been there for several generations, making it one of the wonderful experiences visitors can enjoy at Hacienda Pinsaqui.
As the night slowly crept in, the ambiance became mysterious against the flickering of the fire in the original chimney. This was the perfect setting for us to listen about the history of the hacienda.
Hacienda Pinsaqui nestled in the Andes mountain range, surrounded by colorful landscapes and imposing mountains is ideally located between Otavalo and Ibarra, only a 90 minute drive from the airport in Quito.
The hacienda is located right after the town of Cotacachi, on the left side just before the toll station you pass on the entrance to the city of Ibarra.
About Hacienda Pinsaqui
This historic hacienda has many great tales to tell. For us, joining a of Scandinavians on a night tour around the hacienda, allowed us to capture the essence of the hotel. During the tour we went to an area that dated back to pre-hispanic times, remaining from the tribe that lived in the area of Pinsaqui. Here we could trace the roots of the name Pinsaqui, which is Quichua for the house between rivers.
Hacienda Pinsaqui was important for the history of the country. It was was first built in the XVIII th century as a colonial textile enterprise employing over one thousand workers. Later on, welcoming historical figures throughout the years and the most famous one of them, General Simon Bolivar, the Liberator of Ecuador.
Simon Bolivar spent many nights at this hacienda and normally stayed at room number one which despite some small modifications, still depicts this era in the history of Ecuador.
During the last century, Hacienda Pinsaqui was turned into a relaxing hotel, preserving its colonial architecture and original feel.
Offering a taste of the luxury and life in the 18th century, visitors can admire elegant decorations imported from Europe, including chandeliers brought from Murano, furniture from Morocco and paintings from famous Ecuadorian painters.
Seven generations have run this hacienda, and the portraits of Mr Pedro Freile Larrea, one of his most well-known owners, adorn the walls of the fireplace in what was once his study.
The decor includes also an open hallway, vaulted ceilings and ample doorways reflecting the history of this luxurious hacienda in the Andes.
I loved the ample living rooms, one can only imagine generations sitting down in front of the fireplace admiring the elegantly decorated rooms, with a glass of wine or warm cup of canelazo.
For our trip, it was a plus to know that the hacienda offers free parking and free wi-fi. Though, the wi-fi service is mostly around the reception area, which also has a TV room.
The gardens and patios of the hacienda invite its visitors for a stroll along the dirt pathways, admiring nature, and items that will bring them back to the XVIIIth century.
Fountains are another element to be admired at this colonial hacienda in Ecuador.
Hacienda Pinsaqui Indoors
It is enchanting to wake up to the chirping of birds, and admire the awe-inspiring views of the gardens and the colonial features of the hacienda.
Our bedroom located on the main floor was elegantly decorated with comfortable beds and a second floor with a chimney.
The hacienda has a total of 30 luxury suites, most of them located on the main house or building.
As most haciendas in the highlands, rooms are big and can get a bit chilly. Management has found a great solution, hot water bottles to warm the beds, fireplaces and space heaters make the rooms warmer at night. I do recommend bringing some warm sweaters and clothing.
Having spent a night of peaceful and replenishing sleep, it was lovely to find the ample breakfast room warm by the fire of the chimney.
The breakfast is buffet style, and includes fruits, bread, eggs made to your taste, tea, coffee, milk and some delicious homemade bread and tortillas.
Dinner includes carefully designed dishes combining European picnic ideas and modern cuisine, which make for a delightful choice of dishes that encompass the rich history of the hacienda. The restaurant and history of the Hacienda attract guests who come for dinner during their day tours to Otavalo and Ibarra.
Hacienda Pinsaqui outdoors
Horseback riding, Mountain biking, Historical chapel for events.
Activities near Hacienda Pinsaqui
There are a wide range of activities available in the area, here are some of them:
An enchanting and elegant setting for your wedding or retreat
If you want to plan your special day or a retreat in an elegant and Spanish colonial setting, this would be a wonderful choice for you.
This time I met so many guests who clearly where having a wonderful time at the hacienda, that I decided to collect a couple of testimonials to share with you.
“An exceptional welcoming in the hacienda and the culture. Of all the places I have stayed in Ecuador, Hacienda Pinsaqui has left me more of an impression” Tim Powers from Texas, USA.
“We have traveled all through Central and South America and we have had a memorable experience spending these past nights at Hacienda Pinsaqui” ” We would have never imagined that this was such a beautiful country, we leave highly satisfied” Ana Cecilia and her family from Mexico DF., Mexico.
If you want to enjoy the magic of the Andes of Ecuador, surrounded by imposing mountains and picturesque valleys, Hacienda Pinsaqui is the best option. I can honestly say that I had a replenishing night of sleep and I wouldn`t hesitate to recommend Hacienda Pinsaqui.
I can highly recommed booking your stay at the historic high-altitude Hacienda Pinsaqui for a chance to live the country life and travel back in time.
Furthermore, I was highly satisfied with the remarkable customer service we received. The staff was welcoming, friendly and warm all throughout our stay.
Editors Disclosure: I was a guest at Hacienda Pinsaqui. As always, all opinions expressed here are entirely my own and based on my personal experience.
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