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Hacienda La Danesa

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Hacienda La Danesa invites guests to enjoy the rural lifestyle of their dairy and cocoa farm on Ecuador's Pacific coastal plain. 

If you'd like to get under the skin of traditional rural life in Ecuador, Hacienda La Danesa offers a fascinating countryside experience to day visitors and resident guests. Located close to the railway track around 90 minutes' drive from Guayaquil, this hacienda, established in 1870, has been managed for over 20 years by a Danish family which has established one of the most successful dairy farms in the region, and has now expanded operations to welcoming visitors, quickly establishing a reputation for their farm-to-table gastronomy.

There are just a handful of cosy, rustic-chic guest rooms in the grounds. The stylish rooms, designed using wooden beams, stone and brick are beautifully appointed with an abundance of Ecuadorian nick-knacks The team at the hacienda (most staff are recruited from the local village and trained on site) are keen to interact with guests, speaking a little English and offering various experiences around the farm such as milking the cows and chocolate making. To spice up you adventure you can go tubing, horse riding and cycling in the vicinity.

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  • Hannah Waterhouse
    Hannah Waterhouse - Travel Expert

    Hannah had an early introduction to Latin America when her family moved to Ecuador and she returned to study in Buenos Aires for a year before backpacking across the continent.

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    Evie Oswald - Travel Expert

    It's hard to believe that Evie has had time to cram so much in to her life so far. Having lived as a child in the Americas and Europe she found herself immediately attracted to Latin America.

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    Anglo-Peruvian Chris grew up in Lima and spent much of his adult life in between London and Cusco as a tour leader, before settling permanently in our London-based Tailor-made and Group Tours sales team.

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    Born in the Atacama Desert in northern Chile, Mary’s insider knowledge and dry sense of humour make her a highly valued member of the Tailor-made Holidays and Group Tour sales team.

  • Hannah Donaldson
    Hannah Donaldson - Travel Expert

    Having spent part of her childhood in Colombia and worked in Brazil and Costa Rica, Hannah's ties to Latin America run deep. Hannah is a much valued Travel Expert in our Tailor-made Holidays and Group Tours sales team.

  • Sophie Barber
    Sophie Barber - Travel Expert

    Sophie lived in Chile before joining us and has travelled extensively across Latin America, from Mexico to the furthest tip of Patagonia and beyond to Antarctica.

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