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The Farm House

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Key Information:
Specialty Category: Guest ranches
Location: Ecuador
Region: South America
Min Price: 69 US Dollar (USD) per day
Max Price: 89 US Dollar (USD) per day

The farm house, or "casa de hacienda", the name given in Ecuador's highlands to these large buildings, was built with local materials: straw, eucalyptus wood, adobe and sun-dried brick. Our guests can enjoy a comfortable and functional stay.

Our basic principles are to take care of nature and to aid the inhabitants of the region where we work. For this reason we, together with Fundación Páramo, have designed community service programs. The goal of these programs is to foster the positive development and preservation of the region as well as the personal growth of the volunteers.

Property amenities:
The Bedrooms, called "machais" after an old word alluding "páramo" caves, recall the huts built by highland Indians with their straw roofs and walls made of "estera" (the name given to a reed or cattail mat woven by the skilled hands of local craftsmen). Each bedroom can lodge two persons, except the master bedroom where four persons can sleep. Close to the straw that covers the roofs, sleep is easy in these rooms with "esteras" woven by skilled hands, curtains made of ancestral hemp cloth, and soft and comfortable beds.

The Dining Rooms - A fireplace built in thick "tapial" wall warms the dining room that overlooks a large patio surrounded with buildings used for farming purposes. Ever-changing Sincholagua and magnificent cone-shaped Cotopaxi adorn the view.

Next to the patio is "La Tienda". You will be fascinated with its artistic ceramic objects and fabrics handmade by local craftsmen, ponchos, scarves, articles for your personal care, souvenirs and postcards. The patio: The house's functional heart, a meeting place warmed during the night by an old bread oven. A band provides music for dancing on feast days. In sunny mornings, the patio is an ideal spot that protects you from the cool breeze.

Four complete bathrooms and three hot water showers are available. Nothing is better than a warm shower after a day of adventure in close contact with nature and is the perfect complement for your comfort in these Andean places.

Surrounded by quiet and silence, welcomed by musical flames dancing in the fireplace, and perhaps sipping a glass of wine, you can relax in our comfortable sofas and enjoy a hospitable atmosphere.
Four complete bathrooms and three hot water showers are available. Nothing is better than a warm shower after a day of adventure in close contact with nature and is the perfect complement for your comfort in these Andean places. Two living rooms, one near the bedroom area, are ideal places to read and talk and to enjoy a well deserved rest after a day of intense adventure.

Nothing is better than to sit at table and enjoy the delicious dishes cooked by Conchita. Fresh cheese from the farm, vegetables just picked from the garden, home-made desserts, and natural condiments will be the components of each and every wonderful meal that you will enjoy here.

A game room and bar above the dining room with an impressive view of Sincholagua and Cotopaxi provide our guests with fun and relaxation.

Nearby attractions and activities:
Upon our arrival, we will go to the interpretation center to learn about the highest active volcano in the world and the history of its major eruptions as well as about the local flora and fauna.

Then we will continue our visit towards Limpiopungo (or "open door") lagoon where excellent pictures of Cotopaxi, Sincholagua and Rumiñahui can be taken from one of the most beautiful locations of the Ecuadorian Andes. Our visit will end at the farm house. Then we will visit Pucará del Salitre, the ancient Inca military fortress that controlled the "incañanes", or old roads to the jungle, and the valley of Latacunga.

Policy:
Embark on a beautiful 5-day journey on horseback exploring the landscapes of the Cotopaxi National Park and three "haciendas" e area. The area boasts a wide variety of exotic flora, and truly spectacular views. This is an adventurous riding expedition covering the "paramo`s" huge variety of breathtaking landscapes, from high mountain forests to river canyon ridges to high altitude lakes. We will be riding from 5 to 7 hour a day, so we highly recommend you be an experienced rider. The accommodations are as varied as the riding - with overnight stays in tents in the wilderness and mountain farmhouses.

There is something very special about trekking in the Andes; the wilderness of the terrain, the beauty of the landscape and the harshness of the environment make this an unforgettable experience.
During this 8 day trek you can enjoy the best of the area, and experience an enormous personal challenge. We will hike approximately 6 to 7 hours a day in the highlands,so this is only for those seeking a rigorous adventure.

You will redefine your limits on this maximum adventure tour.We start our 6 day expedition with a 6 hour horseback ride from Hacienda "El Porvenir" to "El Tambo", both at an altitude of approximately 3.600 meters (11.800 ft.). The second day is a 6 hour trek to Chirimachay, wich translates as "cold refuge",where we will set up our campsite.Covered in dried lava from the Cotopaxi's last eruption, the scenery is one of a kind. We begin the third day with a beautiful cross country mountain bike ride through the Cotopaxi National Park and return to Hacenda "El Porvenir" to spend the night.

On the fourth day we climb the Rumiñahui Volcano (4712 meters) in preparation for the "Cotopaxi", the highest active Volcano in the world.On the following day, we hike to the base camp of the Cotopaxi which is at an altitude of 5.897 meters (19.942 ft.). On the final day, we climb to the summit. On the same day we descend back to the base camp where our mountain bikes will be waiting for us for the last thrilling one thousand meter descent to "El Porvenir".

Packages:
A broad range of activities are available: Horseback riding, mountain biking, trekking, hiking, mountain climbing, rappelling, bird watching, camping, cultural experiences, and more.

Notes:
Price Includes:

- Lodging
- Main attractions
- Guide
- Transportation
- Meals and taxes.

Price Excludes:

- Entrance tickets to Cotopaxi National Park
- Beverages and personal expenses.

About This Supplier
Location: Ecuador
Joined InfoHub: Nov 2008
Client Request Served: 1

We function in one of the most beautiful and privileged places in Ecuador, Cotopaxi, considered the highest active volcano in the world. We have three haciendas available in the foothills of different volcanoes that surround majestic Cotopaxi, each with its own magic, ecosystem and distinctive climate. With us you will...

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