Hacienda Jimenita

Naturhotel & Wildlife Reserve

In Quito a hidden treasure is located just 15 minutes away from the airport.

Hacienda Jimenita Naturhotel & Wildlife Reserve is a unique place where you can find rest and discover the magic of nature at the same time.

A sanctuary full of magic and wonders will fill your senses.

You’ll delight your sight and your palate with exquisite food in a natural environment.

With a new adventure everyday you’ll be able to discover and appreciate nature.


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Cultural Experience

An Inga Tunnel and vestiges found in our estate from pre- inca civilizations have allowed us to be part of the “Atlas Arqueologico y cultural de Quito” live Ecuadorian history like never before.

What can I do?

Join us in this journey to discover an exciting adventure and experience a tour full of nature to appreciate the wonders of Hacienda Jimenita.

What to bring

For a better experience in our natural reserve, we highly recommend bringing the following items:







Rob B
Rob B
THE PERFECT OVERNIGHT STOP IN ECUADOR Hacienda Jimenita is truly a treasure. It was our "home away from home" when we birded Ecuador with Ecuador Birds Tours. We stayed here off and on for a total of nine nights. Jimenita is located on the Chiche Canyon and the property is exquisite, especially for nature lovers. The trails are gorgeous and there are many of them. Bird feeders are everywhere and so are the birds. The gardens are fantastic. The Inga tunnels are not to be missed. It is truly a serene setting. Daniel, the owner, is so gracious and friendly. His artwork is found throughout and it is spectacular and he walks the grounds often. The staff could not be nicer and more accommodating. The buildings are all different and quite nice. We stayed in many different rooms/houses while we were here and each one was delightful. The food is excellent and often times we were given local Ecuadorian dishes. We were sad to leave Hacienda Jimenita. It is the perfect place to stay to rest up before or after a flight as it is so close to the airport. Getting there could not be easier as pick-up is arranged for you as will be your return trip. Do not miss this place if you are visiting Ecuador. You will not be disappointed!
Perfect home base close to airport This hacienda is a peaceful and welcoming place an easy 15 mins from the airport. Our family of 3 spent 4 nights over a three week visit to Ecuador (first and last night and nights before/after Galapagos/amazon). Each time we were greeted warmly, our follow-on travel plans noted and transportation arrangements confirmed. The restaurant is peaceful and excellent. The grounds are beautiful. My 11 year old loved feeding carrots to the house Llamas. Each time we returned we felt relaxed and happy to be there. No matter the early starts to catch flights, someone was always present to help with luggage and provide a ‘packed breakfast’. Wonderful.
Neil W
Neil W
Incredible estate with incredible views! Hacienda Jimenita is an amazing estate with beautiful rooms, fantastic food, and a stunning location outside of Quito. Relax and unwind after the days adventure. Hike the trails along the gorge to see many species of birds and lush gardens. Enjoy the fantastic food prepared by the inhouse chef. We really enjoyed our stays at the Hacienda. The rooms were very nice, but our final night we spent in the balcony suite which I highly recommend. We spent New Years Eve there and that was amazing. To experience another culture and spend time making new friends in a festive atmosphere was very special for us. We even toured the on-site Inca tunnel with Diego and Terese after dark with candle lanterns. A very cool experience. If you are heading to Quito, stay just outside the city in a true paradise.
A Hacienda With Heart I booked Hacienda Jimenita for the last two nights of our two-week Ecuador trip because we had already spent three nights in Quito's Centro Historico, and we wanted to experience something "different" and special. Hacienda Jimenita delivered "special" in spades. Email communications prior to our arrival were always prompt and friendly. We had a large bag of gifts sent from our hotel in Quito to Hacienda Jimenita so that we wouldn't have to cart them around the country, and I also asked them to arrange airport transfers for us, and to assign us a room with a real brick fireplace (not a woodstove) if possible. We were met at the airport by their lovely driver in a newer, immaculate SUV. As others have remarked, it's surprisingly close to the airport--just a 15 minute drive. But once you enter through the hacienda's impressive gates, you are in a different world entirely. The grounds are vast, verdant, and bursting with flowers of myriad varieties. It's like something out of a fairytale. When we checked in, we were offered a delicious hot tea made of dried fruits and cinnamon, served with a little jug of sugar cane liquor. We were assigned the "Cotopaxi" suite on the second floor. It's a rustic and charming room with a king-sized bed, stone fireplace, sitting area, lots of storage, and a covered balcony with views over the property and the mountains in the distance. Everything in the room was spotless and in excellent condition. (Note: There are no televisions in the rooms.) The bathroom was small but clean and modern, with good quality organic toiletries, plush towels, and ample storage in the vanity. We were pleasantly surprised to see they also provided very nice bathrobes! During our stay, we hiked the trails that run through the property and along the canyon, admiring the views and the native plants. There are several brick outbuildings dotted around the property with seating areas and/or views of the grounds, mountains, or Quito in the distance. One morning, we took an Uber into Quito to do some last minute sightseeing and shopping; it was a 40 minute drive but cost only $15. We had dinner and breakfast at the hotel, and we were surprised at the excellent quality (and reasonable prices) of what was offered. Portions were enormous, and everything we tried was delicious and presented with care and an artistic flare. The cocktails and house wines were great too. The included breakfast featured a beautiful fruit plate. homemade breads with an interesting homemade strawberry butter, eggs cooked to order, yogurt, soursop juice, and delicious coffee. We were really impressed by the quality of what was served! There are a few things people should be aware of before booking. Because it's so close to the airport, planes fly directly overhead, and you can occasionally hear road traffic from some locations on the property. (I used earplugs, so the noise wasn't a problem for me.) There are also some neighbouring properties with dogs that bark a lot, but at night they did quiet down. There is no daily housekeeping service (or the advertised turndown service), but we were able to request additional towels and clean glasses. Also, they were happy to set up our fire for us while we were at dinner both nights. And you will need to make use of the fireplace or woodstove, as there is no other heating source in the rooms, and it did feel a little chilly at night (especially in the bathroom). There is an outdoor pool, but it looked like it hadn’t been cleaned in a long time (maybe it was the off season?). Also, there are no phones in the rooms, so the only way to contact the front desk is through WhatsApp--and the front desk is not staffed overnight. Hacienda Jimenita is the most unique place we stayed at in Ecuador. We were so happy to have chosen to end our trip there instead of at one of the modern chain hotels right by the airport. It's obvious that the owners take great pride in providing their guests with a charming, comfortable, authentically Ecuadorian experience. Their hospitality could not have been more gracious.
nice place to stay near the airport We only spent 1 night at the hotel, but it was pleasant and relaxing. It was close to the airport, the grounds were hacienda-like, and the dinner & breakfast were very good. The staff was friendly, and our room was comfortable; and prices were reasonable.
Hacienda Jimenita: Wonderful, comfortable lodge with great birding. Over the course of four weeks in Ecuador we were able to stay seven nights at Hacienda Jimenita lodge. The food, accommodations, staff, and location were top notch. Our room for our last three nights overlooked their canyon in the reserve. We had an excellent tour to Antisana Reserve viewing condors, hummingbirds, and several glimpses of the mountain. We highly recommend staying at Hacienda Jimenita.
Hilary M
Hilary M
Gorgeous place! We stayed as part of a fantastic Ecuadorbirdstours holiday, at the start, in the middle and at the end of our three-week trip. Hacienda Jimenita is only 15 minutes drive from the airport so very convenient when flying in and out of Quito. The rooms were large and extremely comfortable (huge beds!) with excellent showers and plenty of hot water. The staff were so helpful and attentive, nothing was too much trouble. It felt very warm and welcoming, with an open fire in the restaurant in the evenings and wood-burning stoves in each room if it got cold. Daniel's amazing paintings could be admired too! The food in the restaurant was superb, perfectly cooked and presented. We liked that it was more Ecuadorian in flavour than some of the other lodges we stayed at. Breakfast times catered to both birders (very early) and more leisurely starts which was great. We had packed breakfasts and lunches on a couple of days when we were out too early even for breakfast, or birding all day and these were also very good. The hotel has extensive beautiful gardens with a trail that leads to the nearby gorge where there are several viewpoints plus a bird-viewing screen with feeders. Feeders for hummingbirds and other species are also set up around the main hotel buildings. Great for birds, and we saw Sword-billed and Giant Hummingbirds in the gardens as well as Golden Grosbeak and Saffron Finch among many others. We would definitely recommend Hacienda Jimenita to any birders travelling through Quito or wanting a base in Quito. It's a very peaceful location with a very minor downside in that the hotel is under the final approach to Quito airport so you can hear planes as they come in. Quito is not a particularly busy airport so not many planes go over and we certainly didn't find it intrusive. We would have loved to have stayed for much longer, it was such a comfortable and welcoming place! We will be returning to Ecuador in the future and definitely want to stay at Hacienda Jimenita again. Many thanks to Diego at Ecuadorbirdstours for organising our wonderful holiday!
Peter A
Peter A
A fantastic place to unwind and only 15 minutes from the airport. Just returned from a 24 hour stay at Jimenita. This was our final stop after a fantastic but exhausting trip to Ecuador. It was a perfect place to unwind and catch our breaths before the long trek home. Lovely room looking out over the countryside. Comfortable beds and great coffee. We ate lunch and dinner at the restaurant and the food was of a high standard. Enjoyed watching and trying to photograph the hummingbirds also had a pleasant walk around the grounds/gardens. It looks like they have some great suites too, though we didn’t see inside them. Our flight wasn’t until 3:30 in the afternoon but the manager let us stay in our rooms for a shower and change before transferring to the airport. Perfect.
Wonderful hotel and nature reserve near the Quito airport With a few early morning flights out of Quito, we wanted to stay near the airport. Just 15 minutes from the airport, this hotel was magical. The rooms were top notch and the grounds offered wonderful nature trails, a couple of lamas, and several observation towers with hummingbird feeders where we spent a couple of hours watching hummingbirds come and go every few minutes. We also walked through the intriguing prehistoric tunnel on the grounds. The staff were very helpful and greet you on arrival with a tasty cup of canelazo, a traditional Ecuadorian drink. The whole experience was very relaxing. Highly recommend!
The best of all worlds: A delightful natural oasis that just happens to be near the airport. This place was an utter delight! A warm, welcoming staff. A gorgeous nature preserve full of amazing birds, pretty flowers, and stunning views. A charming room and delicious, homecooked meals. This might be the best "airport hotel" I've ever stayed at. Nature lovers take note: the reserve is home to an impressive array of bird species so be sure to bring your binoculars and take time to enjoy this lovely property. I was here two nights and could have stayed longer! Highly recommend...

Contact us

We are 15 minutes away from Mariscal Antonio Jose de Sucre International Airport.

Barrio Andrango, Pasaje 2, Casa 19,
Parroquia Pifo, Quito – Ecuador

Reception: (+593 2) 2 380 285 / (+593 9) 9 875 0972
Email: info@jimenita.com

Sales: (+593 9) 5 860 4606
Email: ventas@jimenita.com

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