Hacienda el Porvenir
Friendly, folksy hacienda, very much a working ranch. A wide range of activities is offered, including horse riding, mountain biking and hiking.
The friendly, folksy Hacienda el Porvenir is a few kilometres outside Cotopaxi National Park, on the treeless high altitude steppe covering the lower slopes of Rumiñahui volcano. It is very much a working ranch, specialising in wild Andean bulls and dairy cattle, and visitors are invited to take part in farm activities.
Guests stay within the main house or in separate buildings with straw roofs and terracotta-coloured walls made of a woven reed material known as estera. There is a dining room serving meals prepared with fresh local produce, as well as a bar and three cosy living rooms, each with the inviting addition of a fireplace – very welcome on a chilly evening in the highlands.
Guest accommodation consists of rustic, traditional rooms, family suites and five newer suites, which we particularly recommend. The latter have wooden floors, good contemporary heating, double glazing and views over Cotopaxi volcano.
There's a lot to do here: guests with a penchant for the outdoors can go horse riding, mountain biking and zip lining, or venture out on self-guided hikes along well marked trails. Children are invited to make chocolate and help feed the animals. Staff are very friendly, some are genuine chagras – Andean cowboys.
What our clients say
"Wonderful! Wish we could have stayed longer. Helpful staff, comfortable beds and hot water bottle. Very caring staff organised mate de coca to help overcome altitude problems."SB, Craven Arms
"Accommodation a bit basic. Also little heating and was quite cold especially in the room."DM,Edgware
El Porvenir hacienda has a fantastic location with views to Cotopaxi. The room and bed was rather small (the hot water bottle also very welcome). The lounge area with real fire was lovely.JB, Newcastle
Spacious (though very hot) rooms. Limited choice breakfasts; dinners adequate, but good given remoteness. Other facilities and services great.JG, Sevenoaks
"Beautifully situated near Cotopaxi. Room a bit small, but fine for a one-night stay. Comfortable lounge."JL, Winchester
"My favourite hotel on the whole trip. Such a wonderful location, so warm and welcoming after a hike or ride, lovely staff and great horses!"JB, Edinburgh
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