What a place to have an hacienda, at the end of the road that goes no where but quite the ride and views to get here . Once here you are welcomed by a friendly and smiling face named Maria. The place is made of of the original hacienda built in 1923 and several new structures down the beautiful property that have one wall all glass to enjoy the view of the volcano on a clear day...the original building does not have this view.The place is all wood including its furniture giving it an old world appeal. Very cosy and quaint common areas giving one a homy feeling.
Prior to dinner Maria took us for a hike where we were able to get a view of the highest mountain in Ecuador and upon our return we were treated to home made cheese and crackers.
Our room was nicely decorated with antiques , a wood stove and very cozy and comfy beds!
Dinner and breakfast were simple but good with many items grown right there on the property ...we enjoyed beef, pasta,chicken, trout and fresh bread.Breakfast was simple made up of juices, crepes, eggs and bacon on a fresh made bun in a wonderful atmosphere .
We were with gate1 travel and like the rest of the places they chose this was another gem.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hacienda Manteles, a hotel near Banos, awaits your visit, offering you a homely and welcoming atmosphere in one of the most beautiful haciendas in Ecuador. Manteles, built in 1965 was transformed into a hotel in 1992. Little by little, the property has been remodelled and refurbished to include all the home comforts and services that our guests deserve. Located 18km from the town of Banos and offering stunning views of the active Tungurahua Volcano, the hacienda has become a 'must see' during any trip to Ecuador.The natural environment and ecotourism come together in Hacienda Manteles. Along with the wonderful gardens surrounding the main house, the hacienda encompasses a 200 hectare area of protected primary and secondary cloud forest, through which one can reach the entrance to the mystical Llanganates National Park. This forest, among other wonders, is home to an abundance of wild orchids and animals. For those who love mountain biking, horseback riding, hiking and trekking Hacienda Manteles offers the perfect setting, with a whole network of natural trails to really enjoy these activities. The surrounding peaks of the Andes provide the perfect back drop for an unforgettable visit. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hacienda Manteles Hotel Banos