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You are invited to come stay at CASA MONICA, one of 4 lovely villas located on our ranch, 'Hacienda San Juan de La Vega' offering all the comforts of a beautiful B&B 10min form San Pablo del Lago neighboring Otavalo, in the province of Imbabura, Ecuador. This majestic hacienda (40+ hectares/100 acres) is located at the end of a long Andean valley with a stream flowing through its green pastures. Along the stream you will find pools that are perfect for taking a little swim if you dare…the water is a bit chilly; however, our nieces and nephews love this outdoor pastime.
A perfect retreat from wherever you find yourself at this moment… into a serene nature filled environment.
We have an organic garden & a free-range chicken coop! You are welcome to harvest from our garden & enjoy our fresh eggs! If you are a garden lover you are also welcome to work in our garden, which is my personal favorite pastime. For those of you who enjoy HIKING or HORSEBACK RIDING, just step outside, there are amazing views, trails & waterfalls to be discovered in the surrounding mountainside. We also offer horse drawn hayrides for adults and children alike! It just a lot of fun.
CASA MONICA is one of 2 homes that we have available for rent. You may view CASA ANA our 2nd home available for rent on VRBO 424116
This Ecuadorian adventure is perfect for those of you who are interested in discovering Otavalo (the largest pre-Incan market in South America), Cotacachi(known for its incredible handmade leather goods), Cuicocha (a beautiful lake in the crater of an old volcano), el Cayambe & el Imbabura (volcanic peaks with picturesque views and great hiking). These are five of the most sought after tourist attractions in the Ecuadorian Andes. Our hacienda, “San Juan de La Vega,” is located within a 20 to 30 minute drive from these tourist hotspots. San Pablo del Lago is a local weekend getaway spot for Ecuadorians interested in aquatic sports and local cuisine.
You will be staying in one of the homes on our hacienda, which we love and care for dearly. Our homes are available for those of you who are currently living in Ecuador and would like to take some time to discover this area, and also those of you who are considering moving to Ecuador and want a home-base and not a hotel as you discover the surrounding region. If you are simply looking for a great vacation you will definitely enjoy your stay with us!!! Please do come!
At Hacienda San Juan de La Vega, you will be well taken care of by one of our friendly housekeepers. Please see our rates/packages to see what all can be included! We are happy to accommodate your needs! We have a great kitchen especially if you love to cook! You can prepare your own meals or we can arrange a cook to be available!
Feel free to contact us via email or phone... we look forward to making your stay all that you would love it to be!
If you have not heard back from us within 24 hours PLEASE EMAIL US DIRECTLY at: ugaldejanine@
Our ranch is truly a wonderful place to stay, the fresh mountain air and a dip in our river pool will leave you feeling invigorated! I am originally from the Northern Virginia/D.C. area and have been living in Ecuador for the last 6 years. I must say if I could I would spend all of my time on our ranch; however I live in Quito with my husband, which is also a wonderful place! We generally get down to the ranch most weekends and stay in one of our other homes on the property so we are available if you need us.
Most likely you will not want to leave OUR REALITY… so you are welcome to stay! Enjoy and have a wonderful time during your stay with us!
Both my husband and I just love our Hacienda San Juan de La Vega. We have put a lot of love and TLC in to developing our property and it is truly a joy to share it with our guest. We like to call this our long term retirement project... There is a lot to keep us entertained for several years to come...
Hacienda San Juan de La Vega has been in my husbands family for about 20 years. It is truly a very unique and special location that has been fun to develop. It's a magical place where memories are made and shared for a lifetime.
We were inspired to embark on this creative venture to enable families to experience the joy of the past when life was not so rushed and things where just a little more simple. Like my husband likes to say we provide the canvas and you get to create your own experience! It really is a lot of fun! Contact us and we would be happy to send you a quote detailing all that your visit will include.
This was the highlight of our family trip to Ecuador. A beautiful house set on a amazing property. Lots of things to do on the property which was full of animals, fresh vegetables, etc. We were greeted by a very nice couple who take very good care of the properties. The owners were also very kind and ensured that all our needs were taken care of. It was a fantastic cultural experience for our family. We highly recommend this place!
We have spent 8 days at Hacienda San Juan de la Vega with my three kids and we absolutely enjoyed every minute! San Juan has a special atmosphere where you feel at home. The staff is very helpful, nice and quick to help with whatever wish on has. My children loved horseback riding, working in the garden, taking care of the animals, chicken, cows, horses, donkey. I enjoyed the beautiful walks and the peacefulness of this magical place. I recommend this place to everybody; it is a high standard location to enjoy the best of Ecuador with family or friends!
Wonderful place for families, copules and friends, you have a very well equiped house with comfortable beds, rooms, bathrooms. Owners and employees are very nice people who will help you with anything you need. Sightseeings are wonderful and you have many things to do and if you only want to rest and enjoy nature, This is also de place!!! 100% recommended.
It´s the best place ever to stay if you have kids or only adults. There are a lot of things to do, and it´s teh best place to relax from the city and really have peace. Go, visit, relax, have fun and enjoy family time and nature!!!
Hacienda San Juan de la Vega is truly fantastic! A highlight of my visit to Ecuador. The property is stunning and the houses immaculate. The best part of our visit, however, was the amazing staff! Darwin and Veronica went out of their way to make us feel at home and to ensure we had a great stay. The property itself offers endless activities; hiking, horseback riding, and endless photo opportunities made it very hard to leave. Having travelled extensively throughout Ecuador, I can say without a doubt, Hacienda San Juan de la Vega is the best there is!
We visited San Juan de la Vega with our 4 children and another family of friends. I can´t say enough wonderful things about staying at this beautiful hacienda. Fun activities for everyone all day long! We were surrounded by nature, a peaceful environment, and assisted by the kindest people with every detail to make our stay unforgettable. Our children had the opportunity to experience life at the countryside at its fullest. Horse back riding, fetching fresh eggs, harvesting organic vegetables and even cow milking! Adults enjoyed sitting by the fireplace, cooking in the beautifully equipped kitchen and taking long, tranquil walks.
Being only a two hour drive from the city of Quito, it makes a great destination to come back any time, even on any regular weekend.
Janine and David are wonderful hosts, always willing to help and come by for a nice chat. They have really thought of every detail, from fluffy pillows to fun games for the children to play.
Hopefully, we will come back again soon! We are telling all our friends about this accessible yet magnificent experience for great family fun!
We stayed in Casa Ana and I must say that the pictures online do not do the property justice. When we first arrived and walked into the house we were in AWE of how traditional, spacious, and beautiful the house is; it's modern and rustic at the same time. Plenty of room for up to eight people.
Highlights of our stay:
1) The farm - We went out every day except for one day; it was the best day of the week. We milked cows, made cheese, made empanadas, went horseback riding, hiked to the waterfall, got eggs from the chicken coop for breakfast, and finished it off by watching a movie by the fireplace. As soon as the kids woke up every morning they would put on their boots and go outside to play in the creek or explore the farm; they loved the farm and enjoyed it more than any of the adults.
2) Darwin and Veronica - The caretakers were always alert to our comings and goings to make sure we had everything we needed. She took care of cleaning the house every morning and got up at 4AM to take us to milk the cows and teach us how to make empanadas; he made sure we had the fireplace going every night and took care of the horses when we went riding. They were awesome.
3) Wilmer the driver - I spent on average $100 per day on the days we went out. Two of the days we went far (2 hours away) and the other days we stayed close to Otavalo. If I had rented a car it would have cost at least that much. However, we were six so it would have been a tight squeeze and we would have been lost half the time. Wilmer has a mini school bus which was perfect for the large group. He knew exactly where we wanted to go and how to get there. On top of that he was very friendly and became a friend before the week was up.
If you are planning a trip to Imbabura, Ecuador, this is by far the best place to stay. Janine, the owner, was very hospitable; she invited us to see her house, Casa Blanca, and introduced us to her husband and her parents.
What an AWESOME vacation. I was posting pictures on Facebook every night and all my friends were so jealous; I can't wait to go back.
A little slice of heaven! Come discover it for yourself, you will not want to leave.
We are surrounded by majestic volcanic peaks (all extinct), spectacular views, and fun tourist activities/adventures.
This is a perfect retreat for a group of friends looking to getaway for a long weekend or a family getaway looking for incredible memories. We have also had more than one family visit at a time, which we highly recommended! You will take with you memories that will last a lifetime! Priceless!
We are located 2,600m high in the northern Andes Mountains of Ecuador, near the rural village of San Pablo del Lago. We are 1hr and 30min from the Quito International Airport. As you enter and exit our ranch you will experience moments in which you feel like you have traveled back in time... Shepherds still walk their sheep to graze in the communal pastures... picturesque!
If you are in the mood to dine out we have 3 great hotels within a 5 to 10min drive of our property.
Come visit! We are sure that you will love this vacation experience!
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1 night minimum stay
All payments are non refundable; however, we are happy to reschedule your visit for an other available date.
Hacienda San Juan de La Vega is more than just a rental. We are happy to offer you all of the comforts of a B&B in your own private villa. You choose... If you want to be 100% independent or if you would like all of the perks of a B&B. Just let us know, we are here to make your vacation all that you would like it to be.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.