A piece of Paradise La Hacienda Jimenita is a place of beauty! I can’t think of a better place to start our month of travels in Ecuador! Every room is unique, and lets you enjoy the raw beauty of Pifo. We stayed in the Cotopaxi suite, mostly private (with the right curtains closed) with a spectacular view of Volcán Pichincha! The prices seemed a little steep for Ecuador, but once you are here you realize the value you are getting. You can go for walks and see all sorts of different plants and birds unique to the beautiful Andes mountains. You are 500feet lower elevation then Quito itself, which may help with the any altitude sickness one may experience. The gardens are all kept in fantastic shape. There are picturesque places to lounge and relax all over the property. The food is out of this world, definitely recommend the Locro de Papas (Locro quiteño). But every dish we have had had been exploding with flavours. Fresh fruit juices, some of which are from right here on the property. And the breakfast with the fresh fruit sampler patter will blow your mind (if you are not used to fresh fruits, we are from Canada and are fruits are dry and flavourless) The staff are all warm and welcoming. You are paying to hang out and relax on this beautiful property, don’t expect to come and just sleep here, come and spend the day enjoying the wildlife preserve. Llamas, horses, dogs, birds, hummingbirds, and so much more! Oh and how can I forget the rich history of the property. Only discovered on the property 25 years ago, a tunnel with pottery in the walls was found, estimated to be 5000 years old!!! On the other side of the ravine you can see the possible entrance to the rest of the tunnel system. With various artifacts including obsidian found inside the tunnel! Having lived on the old HCJB property next door for a few years as a child this place feels like home! Couldn’t have picked a better place to start our Ecuador vacation. Also they are only 15 minutes from the airport making it an ideal first or last stop on your trip.