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Haciendas of Ecuador

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Haciendas of Ecuador refer to historical and renovated Haciendas in Ecuador, a country in Northwestern South America, with a Pacific Ocean coastline, lying on the Equator between Colombia, to the northeast, and Peru, to the south and east.

Haciendas are traditional ranches, often covering large geographic areas and incorporating agricultural operations and other businesses. Recently, Ecuador has seen increasing numbers of traditional Haciendas developing Eco- and Agri- Tourism branches.

Historical Context[edit]

Hacienda is a Spanish word for an estate. Some haciendas were plantations, mines, or even business factories. Many haciendas combined these productive activities. The hacienda system of Portuguese, the cognate term fazenda applies to the similar system in Brazil). The hacienda aimed for self-sufficiency in everything but luxuries meant for display, which were destined for the handful of people in the circle of the patrĂ³n.

List of Eco-Tourism Focused Haciendas[edit]

  • Hacienda Zuleta - Eco Lodge and Horse Back Adventures in Ecuador
    • (from the site) Located between 2870 and 3050 meters in the Andean mountains of Northern Ecuador and 110 kilometers north of Quito, the Hacienda Zuleta can be reached within two hours from the capital.
    • This Hacienda focuses on presenting visitors with many options to see the Andean highlands. By horseback, mountain bike, carriage or hiking. There is also incredible birding, nature watching and homemade organic cuisine with many ingredients from the working farm.
    • Hacienda Zuleta also is involved in nature conservation through it's Andean condor rehabilitation program and Spectacled Bear protection area.
  • Hacienda Primavera - - Wilderness Ecolodge
    • A cloud forest resort, great adventure travel at 1300 meters with coffee plantations, water rafting, horseback riding, hiking with luxury accommodations.
  • Black Sheep Inn - - Internationally Acclaimed Award Winning Eco Lodge
    • Rurally located on the Quilotoa Loop in the Province of Cotopaxi, 3.5 hours from Quito by car.
    • Eco Features include: solar panels, adobe construction, composting toilets, recycling, roof water collectors, gray water systems, organic gardens, community education & aid work, reforestation, erosion control and more.
    • Location offers day hiking and horseback riding to: Laguna Quilotoa, Rio Toachi Canyon, Cloud Forest of the Iliniza Ecological Reserve and local indigenous markets.
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