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Hacienda Zuleta

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The exterior of Hacienda Zuleta in Ecuador


Imbabura Province
Hacienda Zuleta

A guest room at Hacienda Zuleta in Ecuador
Although built in the sixteenth century, this ranch is most famous for being owned by the descendants of Galo Plaza Lasso, president of Ecuador from 1948-52. Its industry makes it one of the most productive ranches on this list. The dinner table alone attests to its output: fresh milk and hand-churned butter, handmade cheese and bread made from estate-grown wheat. Also raised here are sheep and Zuleteño horses, a robust crossbreed of Andalusian, English and quarter horses. Rides along high-altitude trails will take you to cloud forests and ancient pre-Inca sites. Your stay also gives you a chance to be socially responsible, since Hacienda Zuleta supports a condor rehabilitation project and a women's cooperative to preserve indigenous embroidery traditions. Because the hacienda has only fourteen bedrooms (each with its own fireplace), the atmosphere is intimate and sociable.

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