Welcome to Hacienda Piman, an historic retreat located in the northern Ecuadorian Andes. A place redolent with peace, a place where you’ll enjoy comfortable rooms and social areas amid modern and traditional architecture, delicious home-cooking, peaceful gardens and the warmth of your hosts.
Tucked into an oasis-like valley between the folds of dry mountains, Hacienda Piman offers you the perfect base for both disconnecting from your daily life and exploring the rich cultural and natural heritage of one of Ecuador’s most captivating regions.
Hacienda Piman, where simple pleasures meet the finer things in life.
Hacienda Piman is situated 9 kilometres (5.5 miles) from the city of Ibarra, on the old Panamerican Highway Ibarra-Tulcan and about 14 km (under 9 miles) from the Afro-Ecuadorian valley of El Chota. It sits at 2,100 m (6,561 ft) above-sea-level, with very little rain. The climate is excellent, ranging from a lowest day-time temperature of 14°C to a maximum of 30°C (57°F to 86°F) year-round.
The hacienda’s rooms, like its overall architecture, are a marriage of the old and the new, of the traditional and the modern. Thick stone walls, exposed brick, antiques, paintings… all provide the characterful setting for your stay, but with the conveniences of modern life: hot water, heating. It’s simple yet homely, warm and friendly. The 17 rooms are arrayed with seven in the main manor house and 10 distributed between five cottages, two rooms in each.
New, Mountain biking at Piman!
The closest town to the Hacienda is the capital of Imbabura Province, Ibarra, known as the White City for its white-washed colonial quarter. It’s a handsome, old-fashioned town of white-walled colonial buildings and peaceful squares filled with flowering trees. The odd horse-drawn cart still clomps along cobbled streets. Its altitude of 2,210 m (7,366 ft) gives the city a refreshing, comfortable climate and its population of 150,000 creates enough activity without making it too busy.
From Ibarra, the restored railway line departs for the coast – a fun ride on the rails with an interesting community-tourism component. From lush green valleys and towering volcanoes, the train from Ibarra to Salinas takes its passengers through landscapes that are as diverse as they are picturesque. The train, renovated to carry tourists to and from the Northern Andean villages of Ibarra and Salinas, is a popular weekend trip.
The 30 kilometre (18.5-mile) trip takes about two hours each way and promises to charm passengers with breathtaking scenery. The track stretches across valleys, passes over bridges and climbs mountains.
To the north, one of the country’s most fascinating ecosystems extends over the protected páramo El Ángel, a high-altitude forest of paper-bark trees and wild expanses of intriguing frailejón plants.
Nearby, the Afro-Ecuadorian communities of El Chota make for an unexpected cultural twist here in the Andes. These live mainly from agriculture (cotton, sugar cane, fruit for wines), retaining many African traditions such as the ‘bomba’ music and dance. A small museum can be visited and cultural encounters arranged.