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On the Slopes of Quilindaña Volcano, the 500 year old Hacienda El Tambo is located in a pristine and remote area of the Condor Bioreserve, a major conservation program that serves as a corridor of Andean endangered species. The hacienda house remains true to its' origins dating back to Inca times, when it served as a Tambo or inn, for travellers going to the Amazon basin. Hacienda El Tambo actively supports conservation work in the area. The farmhouse was built with local materials, such as stone formed by the various eruptions of Cotopaxi and straw. Here you can venture into remote, pristine destinations on exclusive, comfortable expeditions en foot, by horseback or by mountain bike. Whichever way you explore this lonely land of the Andes, you will admire the magnificence of nature and mind-blowing scenery.

Hacienda El Tambo lies on the eastern slopes of Cotopaxi, at an altitude of 3,600m, and it is a four hour drive from Quito. You can only get to El Tambo in a four-wheel-drive (4WD) which Veloso Tours can arrange. There is no internet access in the area at all, but an emergency land line is available.

The rooms are huts (machais) built by highland Indians with their thatched roofs and matting made estera walls and curtains as doors. They are very warm and cozy rooms. There are 6 twin machais and one Master machai which can accommodate six guests. The Machais share 3 bathrooms and 3 showers (hot water).

The Hacienda has a dining room serving locally produced meals - and a lounge to relax after a days explorations. 

Rates are either room and breakfast or a package including accommodation, meals, transfers from Quito and activities. Please ask us for details.

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