Welcome to Hacienda Piman, an historic retreat located in the northern Ecuadorian Andes. A place redolent with peace; a place where you’ll enjoy comfortable rooms and social areas amid modern and traditional architecture, delicious home-cooking, peaceful gardens and the warmth of your hosts. Tucked into an oasis-like valley between the folds of dry mountains, Hacienda Piman offers you the perfect base for both disconnecting from your daily life and exploring the rich cultural and natural heritage of one of Ecuador’s most captivating regions.
The hacienda’s rooms, like its overall architecture, are a marriage of the old and the new, of the traditional and the modern. Thick stone walls, exposed brick, antiques, paintings… all provide the characterful setting for your stay, but with the conveniences of modern life. It’s simple yet homely, warm and friendly.
The Hacienda Piman is proud of the culinary heritage of the Ecuadorian Andes. An array of home-style dishes are served, drawing on the country’s staggering variety of ingredients.
The closest town to the Hacienda is Ibarra known as the White City for its white-washed colonial quarter. It’s a charming, old-fashioned town of white-walled colonial buildings and peaceful squares filled with flowering trees.
To the north, one of the country’s most fascinating ecosystems extends over the protected paramo El Angel, a high altitude forest of paper-bark trees and wild expanses of intriguing Frailejon plants. Nearby, the Afro-Ecuadorian communities of El Chota make for an unexpected cultural twist here in the Andes. These live mainly from agriculture (cotton, sugar cane, fruit for wines), retaining many African traditions such as the ‘bomba’ music and dance. A small museum can be visited and cultural encounters arranged.