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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. 

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.

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What our clients say

  • Most Memorable Moment?: Drving up Mt. Cotopaxi and watching a Gaucho chase a cow riding a horse at the gallop whilst trying to lassoe it on a cobbled road,...some rider! …

    NBH, Watchet
  • Most memorable experience: "Where to start? Huge evening skies on the Napo river, pulling out of Chimbacalle station on the Tren Crucero in a cacophony of whistling and hooting; the…

    DH, Portsmouth
  • Ecuador is perhaps a most underrated country for a great visitor experience. The people are great and helpful and, for anyone with an interest in the natural world, there is…

    IB
  • We had a wonderful holiday to Quito and Galapagos with Journey Latin America. We just wish it had been longer!

    HS, W4
  • It was all brilliant, we expected the Galapagos to be the highlight, but all the other trips were as good in different ways. All the Ecuadorians encountered at hotels, restaurants,…

    AH, Eastleigh
  • The Galapagos was as expected beautiful and interesting but we were pleasantly surprised by the visits to the rose plantation and panama hat factory which turned out far more interesting…

    MW, London
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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
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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