Las Palmeras Inn
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 overwhelmed with Spanish colonial references to an affluent past, while at the same time offering a really homely, rustic atmosphere. Golds and crimsons dominate the colour theme in the two-storey, heavily tiled main building which abounds with rich textiles, elaborate carpets and cosy sofas. Polished wood and tiled floors gleam, local at decorates the walls.
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. Meals are served from menu of recipes featuring produce from the local area, including the property’s own organic orchard. Many activities can be organised, such as horse riding and cookery classes; it’s a great stay for families.
What our clients say
We had a wonderful holiday to Quito and Galapagos with Journey Latin America. We just wish it had been longer!HS, W4
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 a 16 day trip on a seamless itinerary was a fantastic solution provided by Sophie at JLA and we enjoyed every aspect.GE, Glasgow
Avenue of the Volcanoes was superb plus swimming with sea lions and penguins.JK, Sheffield
Highlight?: The trek up the Chimborazo with mountaineering legend will live with us forever!!TT, Bolton
Probably the Tren Crucero (was the top experience) but too many highlights to mention.SB, Cambourne
Most Memorable Moment?: Very hard to say! Loved Hacienda Venecia, and Napo, and Bellavista, and the Avenue of the Volcanoes.DL, London
Our expert's view
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.
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!
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