The SpaceYour own private hacienda an hour outside of Quito
An excellent location during Habitat III, just 20 minutes from the airport. It can host a delegation of 9 people. We can provide a driver to take you to the conference area, apx. 40 minutes away by car. You will be in a beautiful and safe area surrounded by mountains.
“El Quinche” is a charming and quiet hacienda, a place of stillness, renewal, and beauty.
Nestled in the lush Andes, El Quinche is a secluded retreat surrounded by acres of gardens and orchards. This country house is built around a private patio abounding with bougainvillea and geraniums, every detail of the property carefully planned, every corner lovingly decorated.
Our hacienda is a warm, rustic country home that was designed by our parents and built by master craftsmen from Cuenca, their hometown. The colonial style house has five bedrooms that sleep up to 9 people and has 4 bathrooms. It has a private chapel where our friends marry and where we celebrate important family events. It has a large patio where we entertain friends. It has a full kitchen, a formal dining room, and several living rooms.
The house is built on 20 acres of land and is bordered by two deep canyons. It’s possible to walk for hours around the property and hike the region's hills, which offer views of the valleys and snow-capped volcanoes that are truly spectacular. The hacienda is accessible only via an unpaved country road that helps keep our area quiet and private. Even though it’s only one hour outside of Quito (and it will be only 20 minutes away from the new airport!) it’s situated in the countryside. Most of the neighboring land is inhabited by friendly indigenous campesinos.
We call our property “El Quinche”, after the small neighboring town El Quinche (10 minutes by car, half an hour on foot). The impressive town’s colonial church is the home of the Blessed Virgin of El Quinche, one of the most venerated Catholic effigies in Ecuador. The town was recently declared a National Heritage Site. Thousands of pilgrims go there every weekend to pray, and very few tourists visit its lively markets and beautifully decorated church.
El Quinche is also a great starting point to explore the northern highlands, including Otavalo and its market (one hour), Cotacachi, the best market for leather handcrafts.
We are delighted to offer you the opportunity to experience life in a private countryside hacienda in the heart of Ecuador's highlands.