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Birding Lodge Report: Hacienda La Jimenita / Birding Lodge Ecuador

Andean Cock of the Rock (male)

A family atmosphere, in which history and warmth is breath, is the hallmark of the Hacienda La Jimenita, located in the town of Pifo, just 15 minutes from the new airport of Quito. Surrounded by forests of eucalyptus and fruit trees, the historic building from the 1900’s is set on a territory that still retains traces of the earliest settlements in what is now Ecuador. In fact, one of the prides of the family Cruz-Lopez, is to show visitors the archaeological remains of different cultures that have been found and still are with often-on the grounds of "La Jimenita".

Of course, that is not the only charm of this hotel, its location, is ideal for people starting their journey in Ecuador and want to be near the airport terminal. Their service with a familiar touch; rich gastronomic options; the charm of its rooms decorated with antique furniture; the beauty of its gardens and the secrets that are revealed during a walk around the trails.....are several reasons to stay here.

The "Cucayo" restaurant, in honor to my Grandfather Jorge Arcecio Cruz Miranda, is one of the most charming corners of "La Jimenita". The roof and solid wood tables, the soft color of the walls and stone fireplace provide a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. The dining room has two rooms: one inside and one outside, where guests can enjoy the tranquility of the garden and beautiful views of birds and about 25 species of hummingbirds in the gardens. Traditional Ecuadorian food but also international dishes and special menus for people who have restrictions in their diets is served in the two spaces. All prepared with organic products, fruits and spices, many of which are obtained in the orchards of the same property. The personal attention of the owners of "La Jimenita" in this and other areas, is one of the keys to make guests feel at home.

The elegant and rustic at the time of the farmhouse suites are comfortable and spacious. Each is named after a volcano in the Ecuadorian highlands and all have different decorations. The bathrooms are striking in its breadth and its design. Each of them has vertical hydro massage showers with hot water, hair dryer and cotton towels. Orthopedic mattresses, projectors pillows, 300 thread count sheets, a cotton lining are part of the comfort of the rooms.

"La Jimenita" is a good place to rest and relax, but this is not the only option for guests. Guided by the owners of the property, or following the signs of the trails, visitors can tour the farm and admire the views of the volcanoes, which is very beautiful from the viewpoints. The trails also lead to one of the treasures of the farm: an underground tunnel that would date from the Inca period around 1400’s and descending 115 steps and platforms that visitors can tour.

Thus, history, tradition and warmth come together in this hotel near the new airport of Quito, which opened two years ago and has already positioned itself as one of the best lodgings in several sites and trip advisor and is highly valued by who have chosen.

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