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Las Palmeras Inn

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A cosy and friendly countryside hacienda with a peaceful setting in the Ecuadorian Andes.

What a find! This welcoming hacienda set in luxuriant gardens up in the green Andean mountains just outside the market town of Otavalo is packed with Spanish colonial references to an affluent past, while at the same time offering a homely, rustic atmosphere. Golds and crimsons dominate the colour scheme in the two-storey, heavily tiled main building which is decorated with rich textiles, elaborate carpets and cosy sofas.

You stay in one of a clutch of cottages with pitched wooden ceilings, each with its own wood-burning chimney which is lit for you every night (if desired). Meals are served from a menu of recipes featuring produce from the local area, including the property’s own organic orchard and gardens. Many activities can be organised, such as horse riding and cookery classes; it’s a great stay for families.

Bartolome, Galápagos

What our clients say

  • Two parts: Seeing cotopaxi and the surrounding area for the first time, and stepping off the boat onto floreana and having to avoid sea lions and iguana, magical.

    HT, Conwy
  • 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
  • Most memorable experiences: Galapagos snorkeling at Devils Crown and the inland lagoon; walk on Fernandina; mountain bikes and trek at Cotopaxi.

    JG, Sevenoaks
  • Ecuador Highlights: Seeing hummingbirds & humpback whales, summiting the Pasochoa peak with Kristian, Quilotoa Volcano Lake, Quito cable car ride, the Las Cajas Park walks with Wilson. 

    PJR
  • 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, Kendal
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Our Expert's Opinion

This was a really beautiful place to stay and I loved the colourful art work dotted around the rooms and common areas. The owners went the extra mile in every respect; I was particularly happy with the hot water bottle tucked into my bed when I returned after dinner – just what’s needed on a chilly Andean night!

Kathryn
Kathryn Rhodes Travel Expert Kathryn backpacked across Argentina, Chile, Bolivia and Peru before joining us. She has a degree in Philosophy and French and is a keen netball player.

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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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    Lina's passion for the continent where she was born really took off when she moved to Córdoba (Argentina) to study, spending the holidays travelling between Argentina and her native Colombia.

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