Your own private hacienda

Villa - Entire home/apt · Via El Quinche - Guayllabamba, El Quinche, Pichincha, Ecuador
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Your own private hacienda an hour outside of Quito

“El Quinche” is a charming and quiet hacienda, a place of stillness, renewal, and beauty.

Nestled in the lush Andes, El Quinche is a secluded retreat surrounded by acres of gardens and orchards. This country house is built around a private patio abounding with bougainvillea and geraniums, every detail of the property carefully planned, every corner lovingly decorated.

Our hacienda is a warm, rustic country home that was designed by our parents and built by master craftsmen from Cuenca, their hometown. The colonial style house has five bedrooms that sleep up to 9 people and has 4 bathrooms. It has a private chapel where our friends marry and where we celebrate important family events. It has a large patio where we entertain friends. It has a full kitchen, a formal dining room, and several living rooms.

The house is built on 20 acres of land and is bordered by two deep canyons. It’s possible to walk for hours around the property and hike the region's hills, which offer views of the valleys and snow-capped volcanoes that are truly spectacular. The hacienda is accessible only via an unpaved country road that helps keep our area quiet and private. Even though it’s only one hour outside of Quito (and it will be only 20 minutes away from the new airport!) it’s situated in the countryside. Most of the neighboring land is inhabited by friendly indigenous campesinos.

We call our property “El Quinche”, after the small neighboring town El Quinche (10 minutes by car, half an hour on foot). The impressive town’s colonial church is the home of the Blessed Virgin of El Quinche, one of the most venerated Catholic effigies in Ecuador. The town was recently declared a National Heritage Site. Thousands of pilgrims go there every weekend to pray, and very few tourists visit its lively markets and beautifully decorated church.

El Quinche is also a great starting point to explore the northern highlands, including Otavalo and its market (one hour), Cotacachi, the best market for leather handcrafts.

We are delighted to offer you the opportunity to experience life in a private countryside hacienda in the heart of Ecuador's highlands.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Accommodates: 9
Bedrooms: 5
Bathrooms: 4
Beds: 7
Extra people: $10 / night after 4 guests
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
Weekly Price: $1000 /week
Monthly Price: $2500 /month
Security Deposit: $1020
Cleaning Fee: $40
Cancellation: Moderate
  • The place is really comfortable and wonderful space if you are visiting Quito. The location is perfect if you want to be close to a supermarket and la mariscal. All the accommodations were clean and comfortable, however there is no stove if you're planning on doing any cooking. I'd stay here again for sure.

    May 2014
  • Everything was perfect and the stay was pleasant.

    We enjoyed Quito very much!

    Gracias Pablo!

    March 2014
  • Centrally located yet on a calm and quiet side street, this is a superior apartment. Clean, simple, tasteful, comfortable and relaxing. We appreciated the high quality bed and linens and slept very well. Thank you, Pablo, for your thoughtful hospitality. The map and suggestions were a valuable plus, your caretaker was also kind and helpful. It was a pleasure to meet you and we look forward to returning someday. We only had a taste of the city, so we hope to return for a bigger bite. You are a great ambasador for Ecuador, both through your interactions with your fellow human beings and the passion and sensitivity of your photos! Happy trails 'til we meet again.

    March 2014
  • We had the most wonderful host to our stay in Quito! I can't say enough great things about Pablo and the apartment. He was very attentive to any needs we might have had including providing us with a local cell phone, a map of his favorite spots and recommending a driver to take us around! The apartment was clean, bright and comfy and in a nice safe neighborhood close to nightlife. I would definitely stay here again .

    February 2014
  • I've spent 6 wonderful days in the most beautiful chalet in Quito!The loft is very clean, bright, super chic and is close to the most attractive things to do in Quito.
    Pablo is a perfect guest who will help you in every way, this is the best way to live Quito!

    February 2014
  • Un excelente lugar el de Pablo, un vecindario muy tranquilo y céntrico. El ático me encanto y se pasa ahí un momento de mucha tranquilidad. Muy recomendable.

    Excelente anfitrión Pablo, esperamos volver a finales de año.

    Atte: Elena y Billy

    January 2014
  • Beautiful and comfortable apartment and charming, helpful host. It was a pleasure to stay there.

    December 2013
  • Nice comfortable and spacious apartment!

    December 2013
  • The loft is beautiful and exactly what you would expect from the photos online. It is very airy, spacious, and quiet! It is conveniently located near busy streets where you can hail a taxi, and most sites within the city are a $5 taxi ride away. Pablo was a very gracious host, despite being very busy launching his new book. He responded quickly to all questions/messages and also provided us with a (website hidden) map which had links to a variety of restaurants and businesses which was very helpful.

    November 2013
  • We are so fortunate to have stayed with Pablo. The loft is beautiful, and his recommendations for food and attractions were spot on.

    September 2013
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Colegio Alemán, Saint Lawrence Academy, PUCE, Harvard University, University of Missouri
Pablo Corral Vega (1966) is an Ecuadorian photojournalist and lawyer whose work has been published in National Geographic, National Geographic Traveler, the Smithsonian Magazine, the New York Times Sunday magazine, Audubon, the French, German, Spanish, and Russian editions of Geo, and other international reviews.  He is the founder and director of (website hidden), the network of Latin American photojournalists and is the codirector of Pictures of The Year Latin America, the largest contest of its kind in the region. He was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University and was a judge for both World Press Photo and Pictures of the Year. His work has been exhibited in Perpignan, Quito, Guayaquil, Cuenca, Tokyo, Seville, Washington, D.C., and Houston, and he has published six books of photography: Tierra Desnuda, Paisajes del Silencio, Ecuador: De la Magia al Espanto, Ecuador, Twenty-Five and Andes. For Andes, published by the National Geographic Society, Nobel Prize winning author Mario Vargas Llosa wrote twenty short stories inspired by the photos. About Corral’s work, Vargas Llosa had this to say: “In Pablo Corral’s photographs there is always a hope, an affirmation of life, a will to survive even in face of the worst adversities, and this hope, this affirmation, this drive manifest themselves in the humblest and the most mistreated, whether by their fellow human beings or by catastrophes. It may be, in fact, that these images that portray the ability to resist, the ability not to be crushed by the most elemental and terrible conditions of life, are the most persuasive of the collection. They are images of people bowed under the weight of a centuries-long oppression, people who have been exploited, are being exploited, and then forgotten, condemned to live in the most extreme poverty, the most extreme conditions, at the constant risk and in the constant awareness of death. And yet none of that has taken away from these people their joie de vivre, the gaiety of their fiestas, the fun of getting into costumes and dancing to the music of their bands, the happiness of walking with their saints and virgins in sumptuous processions. In the villages of the Sierras, Pablo Corral’s camera, filled with sympathy and solidarity with those he is about to photograph, can always pick out that secret little flame that never stops flickering, even in the darkest of circumstances, and whose philosophy can be summed up by this old saying: ‘The last thing that dies in the human being is hope.’”
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