Heading east of Guayaquil, and just before you hit the mighty Andes mountains, you’ll find yourself in Ecuador’s midwest lowlands. Despite being just 74km from the country’s biggest city, it is a quiet and secluded region and perfect for exploring Ecuador’s natural beauty.
Our guests will stay at the lovely Hacienda La Danesa property, which is located just outside the small town of Naranjito. The hacienda has a number of organised excursions that allow you to explore the beautiful surroundings and immerse yourself in the Ecuadorian wilderness.
You are in easy reach of La Esperanza Cloud Forest Reserve, where you’ll find beautiful orchids, bromeliads and ferns as well as refreshing waterfalls. You can also discover the Manglares-Churute Ecological Reserve, home to howler monkeys and numerous water birds such as herons, egrets and ibises.
After a day of exploring, the hacienda is the perfect place to retreat to. The property itself is beautiful, the restaurant serves delicious farm-to-table food, and there are numerous activities to get involved in, from chocolate-making to beekeeping. And, although it feels wonderfully secluded, you’re just over an hour from Guayaquil, meaning it’s easy to move onto the next part of your Ecuadorian adventure.
Haciendas are an institution of Ecuadorean life, and at La Danesa you can get a real sense of the lifestyle and the work that goes into running a hacienda, while relaxing in luxury in this beautiful part of the country.
What to do
- Discover the flora and fauna of La Esperanza Cloud Forest Reserve
- Hang with the howler monkeys in the Manglares-Churute Ecological Reserve
- Relax and unwind at Hacienda La Denesa
- Learn all about cacao production and chocolate making
- Horse ride through the countryside
When to go
The midwest lowlands can be explored year-round and it will be warm whenever you choose to visit. The main attraction here is exploring the countryside so it's worth avoiding March, which is the wettest month.