Hacienda La Danesa
This delightful hacienda lodge is the family home of the third generation of the Olsen family, originally from Denmark. With its lowland rural setting, surrounded by fruits plantations, forests and rivers, and with year-round tropical temperatures of 28 – 30°C, this 500 hectare cacao and traditional dairy farm is the perfect place to relax after a trip to the Galapagos or Avenue of the Volcanoes, or perhaps as a break between a trip to Peru and Galapagos. La Danesa is located just over an hour’s drive east from the coastal city Guayaquil and can also be reached by train or helicopter.
The Hacienda has 6 beautifully decorated and spacious en-suite guest rooms, all well-equipped with modern comforts. There are 2 Restored Stables and 1 Garden Cottage, each for up to 2 adults and 1 child, 2 Heritage Rooms in the old family farmhouse for 2 adults, and 1 Family Garden Cottage with 2 bedrooms for up to 2 adults and 2 children. The rooms are set beside beautiful gardens and a short walk from the cosy lounge, bar and restaurant, where the great fresh, natural and organic cuisine highlights delicious Ecuadorian influences.
A wide variety of family-friendly excursions are available. Hikes, biking, lazy river tubing, the "Cacau Experience“ and breakfast are included in the overnight rates, while guests can pre-book optional local experiences such as riding, bee-keeping, cookery and chocolate-making classes and wellness activities (yoga, meditation, massages). An outdoor swimming pool is planned for late-2020. All-Inclusive packages include the above activities plus Guayaquil transfers, meals and a half-day excursion to La Esmeralda cloud-forest, with its many bird species and 3 waterfalls, where more adventurous guests can try their hand at rapelling and canyoning. Full-day excursions are also possible to the ruins of Ingapirca, Cuenca, the Devil’s Nose train journey and the traditional indigenous market at Guamote.
Sustainability is at the heart of La Danesa’s ethos, with a focus on creating jobs in neighbouring communities, preserving the environment and sourcing local materials and ingredients. As well as producing 2000 litres of milk every day, the farm also produces its own delicious cheese which guests can enjoy, has a large teak plantation and breeds pinto quarter horses.