A welcoming and comfortable family run hacienda close to Cotopaxi
Doubles from $222 pppn
Best for: Horse Riding
Why stay here: For the incredible horse riding and proximity to volcanoes
- A working dairy farm of 120 hectares
- Year built: 1911
- The history of the hacienda: La Alegria belongs to the Espinosa family who come from a long line of great equestrians including horse breeders, jumpers and polo players. The hacienda was designed by an Italian architect and although it has been restored in recent times they have tried to keep it as similar to the original as possible
- 10 bedrooms
- Room details: There are singles, doubles, triples and split level family rooms. All are different in style and decoration
Food and Drink
- Dining: Breakfast is included in the rate. There is also the option of a full board rate
- Bar: Yes
Activities at the hotel
- Horse riding
- Bird watching
- Cooking classes
- Gaucho activities
- Hot tub
Local area attractions
- Mountain (volcano) climbing, cloud forest, train rides, Indigenous markets
Amenities and Facilities
- Meeting facilities
- Special events and conferences
- Gardens and outdoor space
- Safety deposit boxes available
Need to know
- Open all year: Closed 24 December to 3 January
- Best time to visit: All year
- Suitable for children: Yes
- Languages: English and Spanish spoken
- Eco credentials: Organic farm, use ecological detergents, build with natural or locally sourced materials, participate in recycling schemes, energy efficient, involved with land/wildlife schemes, employ local staff and invest in the local community
- Special offers: Occasionally
- Check in/out policies: Depending on the itinerary of the guest but latest check out is 2pm
- From $220 pppn including taxes
- Credit cards accepted
- Booking and cancellation: Cancellation must be made 15 days prior to arrival for 100% refund
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- Address: Rumipamba, Aloag, Machachi Valley, Ecuador
- Transfers available: Yes from the airport (1.5 hrs away)
Hacienda La Alegria is a well situated hotel not far outside of Quito on the way to the Cotopaxi National Park. A welcoming and comfortable inn it is the ideal place to spend a few days and really take advantage of the excellent horse riding that is on offer. The owners, Gabriel and Paty, are gracious hosts who happily spend time interacting with their guests.
The hacienda was designed by an Italian architect and was built in 1911. It has gone through some restoration since but it has been done in a sympathetic manner and they have retained the character of the building. The Espinosa family, who own the hacienda, are a family of illustrious equestrians as all the horse paraphernalia will testify to. The house is in a style that you won’t find across Ecuador making it an interesting design.
There are 10 guest rooms at La Alegria which can accommodate up to 28 guests in a mixture of rooms including singles, doubles, triples and family suites. The rooms are all different and comfortably designed. Most are spacious with lovely views looking out onto the spectacular landscape which surrounds the hacienda. Woodfloors and beams are the order of the day and result in traditional and charming rooms all with decent bathrooms and showers.
This is the place to come for horse lovers as the hacienda is very much geared towards equestrian activity. The horses are calm and well behaved so you don’t have to be an accomplished rider at all. You can pay an all inclusive rate and have all the horse riding thrown in as well. It is also a great spot to stay if you’re interested in climbing volcanoes and taking advantage of all the hiking. If you feel like getting away from all the nature based activities there are interesting villages, indigenous markets and train rides all in the vicinity as well.
You can opt for the full board option or you can have bed and breakfast and pay for extra meals if you have them. The food is good and hearty Ecuadorian fare, definitely good for keeping the hunger pangs at bay when you are on a long horse ride. Your hosts may well eat with you and are always keen to share their knowledge of all things horsey and Ecuadorian with you. Nothing fancy but good food which makes the most of the best local ingredients.
Hacienda La Alegria is a solid option near the famous Avenue of Volcanoes. The horse riding is some of the best that you can find anywhere and then you have some spectacular scenery on the doorstep also. The setting is idyllic and the views with the volcanoes in the distance are simply wonderful. A great place to spend a few days really making the most of seeing this lovely part of the world either on foot or horseback. Full of history and interesting artefacts, La Alegria is a good place to start your Ecuadorian adventure.