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Just after Christmas we went to Hacienda Primavera, which is located about an hour and a half from Ibarra. The nearest settlement is called Gualchan, which is about five minutes down the road from the Hacienda. The Hacienda itself is located high in the cloud forest along a dirt road that supposedly ends some hours later in a remote spot on the border with Colombia. It’s a pristine area with violent muddy rivers, beautiful waterfalls, lots of jungle and few settlements.We arrived late in the afternoon and it was already raining. Unfortunately, this was to be the case for the two full days we did stay-we cut our stay short by a day since there seemed to be no end to the rain.From the website, Hacienda Primavera appears to have numerous activities to keep you busy despite its remoteness. However, due to its remote location and very laid back atmosphere, as well as constant rain during the winter season, it may be more difficult to find things to do than the website might imply.If you’re seeking a pristine, very mellow, isolated setting with no TV, Internet access, or other disturbances, this is the place to be. The nights are filled with the sound of rain, bugs, and little else. If it’s clear, which it was for a few hours each morning,  the views are spectacular.If you like to hike along tropical streams, get muddy, and see beautiful waterfalls, you can do it here. You can also ride horses into the hills, and then usually you have to leave the horses and go by foot to reach some of the more remote waterfalls and other places. They mention mountain biking on their website, but I didn’t see any mountain bikes. And they have a pool, but is was quite chilly and is probably only comfortable during the summer months when it doesn’t rain-and then the sun is surely scorching. The Autoferro, which is a bus adapted for rails, isn’t functioning because the rails have been damaged and have yet to be repaired. The food was decent and fresh, nothing spectacular, nothing to complain about. Usually typical Ecuadorian fare, french fries, fresh peas and carrots, rice, and tilapia or chicken served one way or another. Fresh juices, but microwaved and then toasted bread like slabs of rubber for breakfast, along with eggs and diced ham or bacon, as you desire.Well, check out the photos below.

Northern Ecuador Trip Dec 2007

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