Hacienda Cusin is a restored, 17th-century estate at 8.500ft/2.600m in the Ecuadorian sierra. This very personal hotel and its 38 attentive staff and famous gardens is 70 mins. north of Quito’s new International airport, via the Equatorial line, 2 hours north of Spanish Colonial Quito and 20 mins. south of Otavalo markets. Property, events, celebrations, etc.
Guest rooms garden cottages, suites and salons, furnished with antiques and select Andean craft, most with log-burning fireplaces & beamed-ceilings, overlook several acres of landscaped perennial gardens, ancient trees, and often snow-capped mountains. Youtube property tour Guest rooms Sierra, Suites and Garden Cottages For a room number, place pointer on a guest room photograph.
Animals Llamas, horses, peacock, rabbits, guinea pigs, turkey.
Film Library +300 selected DVDs and videos, in Reception.
Game-room Billiards, darts, ping-pong. Chess, Backgammon, etc.
Horsebackriding (4 horses, Western saddles). Over 6 mountain & valley trails. With guide, $15. *18.30 pp p hour. Minimum, 2 hours.
Over-night riding, 2-days/1-night, 2 guests (minimum), double occupancy, meals, tack, guide, $500. *$610. Request Itinerary.
Massage Giovano. Professional, exemplary, in-room. Please reserve in advance.
Mountain Biking Many short & long routes. #Helmets must be worn. $6. *$7.32
Spanish Classes Tailor-made classes, 1-2 guests, $12/hr. *$14,64 – 20% guestroom discount. Minimum 4-night stay.
Sports Basketball, squash, volleyball, ping-pong, pool table.
Andean Train ride, Tren de la Libertad. Wednesday-Sunday & holidays. Ibarra-Salinas-Ibarra. Departing Ibarra station, 10:30 a.m. Descending through many eco-systems & tunnels, to the Chota desert and return to Ibarra, approx. 3 hours. $16 per person, including $1 service fee, plus taxes. Transfer, Cusin-Ibarra-Cusin, $12 pp, + taxes, minimum group of 4. 1-2 guests, additional.
PARAMO of Angel, 1 day.. Cusin transfer to Andean train. Ibarra-Salinas, Chota desert. Cusin transfer to unique eco-system of the Paramo. Picnic lunch. Return to Cusin. Minimum group of 3. 1-2 guests, additional. Please as Reception for trip cost, or email, email@example.com
Antique shops San Antonio de Ibarra and Otavalo
Archaeology Cochasqui, 800 A.D, earth- pyramids, 40 mins from Cusín. Guided tours in Spanish. See Itinerary Page, Day 5
Climbing Hills & Mountains: El Lechero, Cubilche, Mojanda, Fuyafuya, Imbabura, Cayambe (ice climb) and Cotacachi. Condor Reserve Espejo, 10 minutes from Cusin, toward Otavalo.
Craft Villages San Antonio – wood carving; Cotacachi – leather; Agato – weaving workshop; Peguche – weaving.
El Refugio cloud forest lodge, 2n/3d. Paramo, 1n/2d. Cotopaxi Park, 2n/3d. Amazon, 2n/3d. firstname.lastname@example.org
Miniature Golf 10 minutes from Cusin. Cabanas del Lago. – water sports, Cabanas del Lago.
Markets Otavalo market, daily 7-4. Massive, Saturday.
Museums Otavalo-Archeology. Cotacachi-Anthropology.
Walking/Hiking Gualaví, Imbabura, Mojanda, Quebrada, Rinconada, Cubilche, Logo Cuicocha, Zuleta, etc.
Restaurants *Las Palmeras Inn, *La Posada de Quinde, **Haciendas: Pinsaqui, La Compania and Molino, ****La Mirage. *inexpensive, ** moderate, ****expensive. Reserve at Cusin in advance.
Maps and anti-dog device, in Reception