Hacienda La Danesa


The Ecuadorian good life

La Danesa is a slice of rural idyll an hour away from the city of Guayaquil.

Dairy and cacao farm, teak plantation, fresh cheese producer and breeder of beautiful pinto quarter horses, the Olsen Peet family have worked on these 500 hectares for three generations, recently inviting guests to stay at their charming farmhouse.

There are two rooms in the stables, two in the historic farmhouse, a cottage by the organic gardens and a charming family villa.

The hacienda is a place to relax and unwind, learning about and indulging in the farm's produce, such as tree-to-bar chocolate making. Dining experiences, enjoyed outside whenever possible, are all about the local, fresh and natural.


At a glance

  • Six rooms

  • Organic dining

  • Working farm

  • Stables

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    Included activities

    There are a number of activities included in any stay here, including cycling the estate, river tubing, hikes to spot sloths and iguanas, tastings and even helping milk the livestock.

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    Bee keeping

    Learn about the intriguing world of honeybees through the hands­-on exploration of an active, living beehive. This experience is led by a professional local beekeeper and includes suiting up in protective gear, lighting a bee smoker, and getting up close with more than 100,000 bees.

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    Horse riding

    Suitable for beginner or experienced riders. Get up-close to the quarter pinto horses, learning about this gentle breed. These sturdy, good-nature steeds are known for excelling at sprinting short distances. Next, listen to a short instructional brief by your local vaquero and hop into the saddle for a ride on a number of routes.

Community & Culture

Sustainability is at the heart of La Danesa’s ethos, with a focus on creating jobs in neighbouring communities, preserving the environment, and sourcing local materials and ingredients. Whether from their gardens, the farm or from the nearby community market, all of Danesa’s dishes are crafted to highlight an authentically organic gastronomic experience with an Ecuadorian influence.

What makes us different

Why Niarra

Niarra Travel is a forward-thinking travel company headquartered in London born out of a passion to do things differently.

In Swahili, a Bantu language spoken by millions in Eastern, Central and Southern Africa, the name Niara means "with utmost purpose" and our team are united by a passion for exploration and a belief that the right kind of travel can make the world a better place.

Our Travel Researchers are here to create incredible trips with a positive impact for you.

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    Creating your trip is entirely collaborative and our Travel Researchers are here for every step.

  • Positive impact

    Curated sustainable experiences and accommodation that maximize the benefits to local people and place.

  • Fairness and transparency

    An open, competitive pricing structure that ensures more money goes to where it's needed in the destination.

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