Hacienda Santa Maria
Hacienda Santa Maria is nestled in chocolate-box-pretty mountain scenery where a relatively benign, sunny climate and fertile soil create perfect conditions for the cultivation of flowers. A palette of yellow, blue and rose-coloured blooms enhances the backdrop to the ranch, a 200 year old property of traditional adobe construction.
The buildings, sheltered by tiled roofs and adorned with wooden balconies, are set around a courtyard with its own family chapel and original French frescos adorn the dining room walls. Guest rooms are simply furnished and compact, with beamed ceilings.
The stone-flagged terraces on the ground floor are dotted with pot plants and geraniums while the garden is groaning with roses and lilies. Home-cooked meals use fruit form the orchards and vegetables from the kitchen gardens. Enjoy your dinner and a drink in front of a log fire.
What our clients say
Most memorable experience: “Colca Canyon, Floating Islands on Lake Titicaca, Machu Picchu without doubt. The journey from Ingapirca to Cuenca was very beautiful.”CR, Truro
I really liked variety on this trip - amazing culture, history, nature all in one trip. Machu Picchu tour was great, excursions in rainforest were very memorable.
Highlights?: Both the Inca Trail and Puerto MaldonadoCR, Morden
Most Memorable Moment?: Machu Picchu... does anyone traveling to Peru ever put anything else? :-)ME, Carlisle
“We enjoyed all the places we visited on our holiday in Peru, and the experience was enhanced by friendly and knowledgeable local guides. The spectacular scenery we saw will stay in our minds for quite some time.”MM, Newcastle upon Tyne
“The range of experiences was like an assault course on the senses. The geography, the cultural diversity, the wildlife, the colours.”RC, Ealing
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