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. 

Hacienda La Danesa offers a unique Ecuadorian countryside experience to both day visitors and resident guests alike. With a rural location 90 minutes' drive from Guayaquil, this hacienda, first established in 1870, provides a charming and relaxing environment for a few days of recuperation at the end of a Galapagos cruise or mainland expedition.

Enthusiastically dedicated to a bucolic lifestyle they have established one of the most successful dairy farms in the region, and have now expanded their operations to welcoming visitors, quickly establishing a reputation for their delicious farm-to-table gastronomy. There are just a handful of air-conditioned guest rooms in the grounds, designed with reference to contemporary rustic chic. The team at the hacienda are very hands-on, speaking good English and offering various experiences, such as: cycling; horse riding; river tubing; hiking; milking the cows; and chocolate-making.

Bartolome, Galápagos

What our clients say

  • From the moment we were picked up, on time, from our hotel in Quito, to the moment we were left at the departure lounge in the airport in Baltra, the…

    TP, Lima
  • Quito is a fabulous city with residents that seem to be pleased to see you, really helpful if you make just a little effort to address them in Spanish. Ecuador…

    DW, Lingfield
  • Ecuador was a fantastic adventure: welcoming friendly people, beautiful landscapes and amazing wildlife. To fit in two cities, the Andes, the Amazon, the cloud forest and the Galapagos islands into…

    GE, Glasgow
  • Hard to pick one highlight when there were so many superlatives. The scenery in Ecuador was spectacular. The Devil's Nose train ride was great fun. Snorkelling with sea turtles, penguins,…

    JB, Newcastle
  • Highlight?: The Napo Lodge experience.   It exceeded our expectations and we were very lucky to have dry weather.

    HB, Todmorden
  • From the moment we were picked up, (on time) from our hotel in Quito, to the moment we were left at the departure lounge in the airport in Baltra, the…

    TP, Lima
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Our Expert's Opinion

I only had time for 1 night but would always recommend 2 nights at Hacienda La Danesa if you want to make the most of your time here. Niels is a wonderful host and couldn’t have made me feel more welcome or better fed and watered (the farm-to-table food was delicious!). The cacao plantation visit was fascinating and I know from speaking to the other guests that I had missed out in not having had the time to go tubing or horse riding.

Ben Line Travel Expert Ben fell in love with Latin America on a six month backpacking trip from Colombia to Mexico in 1995. Since then he has explored most of South America, including living in Peru for a year. He is now Head of Sales.


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