The SpaceHacienda La Danesa is a traditional dairy and cacao farm with over 145 years of rich heritage and history, located about an hour drive from Guayaquil, Ecuador. Family-owned and managed by the third generation Olsen family, the farm offers a unique selection of tailor-made activities for guests, including horseback riding trails, hands-on artisan chocolate making and other hacienda-related programs. La Danesa is just 30 meters above sea level and it is the perfect adventure to combine with Galapagos excursions without having to worry about altitude sickness. Guest AccessGuest will have access to the whole property (except to the main house where the owners live) and even witness and partake the daily operations if interested. Staff is always willing to assist and meals are prepared by our chef. A wide range of relaxing and fun activities are organized at La Danesa from horseback riding through forests and paddocks, tubing down rivers, cycling around the farm, hands-on chocolate making experience in the cacao plantation, milking the cow, watching native Ecuadorian Montubio performances, camping under the stars, setting up bonfire, open air cinema, and much more. Activities (except for horseback riding and montubio interpretation) are included in the price. Interaction with GuestsSomeone of the Olsen family will be around to make sure you have a lovely and memorable stay. The NeighborhoodThe property is within 5 minutes walk from an underprivilege community called San Antonio. Some of our guests have volunteered and made great friends in the community. It is very safe and locals are very welcoming. Getting AroundYou can get around the 500 hecatres property by horse, bike or car. Other Things to NoteInside the property, the Olsen family operates a dog hotel. Sometimes there might be from 10 to 50 dogs depending on the season. Dogs are very well taken care of and barking or smell hardly causes any problems as there is always at least three employees who look after them. They have their own patio to exercise and they do not run around the property.