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Old 06-13-2012, 03:23 PM   #1
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Question about Ecuador

We are planning to stay a couple days extra in Quito / Otavalo area, how did you like Hacienda Cusin or Hacienda Pinsaqui? do they have excursions?
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Old 06-13-2012, 03:40 PM   #2
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We stayed at Hacienda Cusin in our Ecuador/Galapagos trip. We also visited Pinsaqui and had lunch there, I believe the day before we left for Galapagos. That was also where we did our Andean painting. Hacienda Cusin does not offer excursions. Both offer horseback riding if you are interested. I believe the newer itineraries are now staying at Pinsaqui. Hacienda Cusin is really old. The breakfast choices are not a whole lot and the same everyday. The dishes they served us in the tour were not stellar, one lunch I remember they offered lasagna (not in Cusin). My gripe with HC is the street noise. Our room was right next to the road where they dropped off the rose workers at 6 am. So at that time, you hear the buses honking their horns and smell exhaust. Heat is provided by a fireplace and you have to light it yourself using old newspapers and firewood,which became hubby's form of entertainment since there is no TV or radio inthe rooms. It is very idyllic and nice. I think Pinsaqui is a better place to lodge. It is quieter and the view is great! They have a wonderful garden as well. I can't say anything about the lodging since I didn't get to see the living quarters.

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Old 06-14-2012, 08:38 PM   #3
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We stayed at Hacienda Cusin in our Ecuador/Galapagos trip. We also visited Pinsaqui and had lunch there, I believe the day before we left for Galapagos. That was also where we did our Andean painting. Hacienda Cusin does not offer excursions. Both offer horseback riding if you are interested. I believe the newer itineraries are now staying at Pinsaqui. Hacienda Cusin is really old. The breakfast choices are not a whole lot and the same everyday. The dishes they served us in the tour were not stellar, one lunch I remember they offered lasagna (not in Cusin). My gripe with HC is the street noise. Our room was right next to the road where they dropped off the rose workers at 6 am. So at that time, you hear the buses honking their horns and smell exhaust. Heat is provided by a fireplace and you have to light it yourself using old newspapers and firewood,which became hubby's form of entertainment since there is no TV or radio inthe rooms. It is very idyllic and nice. I think Pinsaqui is a better place to lodge. It is quieter and the view is great! They have a wonderful garden as well. I can't say anything about the lodging since I didn't get to see the living quarters.

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Thank you for the reply, We had been in Ecuador before, but no with Disney and I find unusual that people's general complaint is quality/variety of food, my experience has been different, specially in Quito food was awesome, I have been in Guayaquil and the coast (The Sun Route) also and the seafood there is just fresh and amaizing. It may be that being on a tour they play it "safe" with the food because that is an issue when you travel outside the US. I can imagine that Disney has good reasons to switch lodging from HC to HP they always try their best to wow and their quality standards are very high. I think Im going to take your advise as far as that and will reserve at HP. Enjoy your cruise I notice you are leaving about the same time that we do...Elcka
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Old 06-14-2012, 08:53 PM   #4
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Thank you for the reply, We had been in Ecuador before, but no with Disney and I find unusual that people's general complaint is quality/variety of food, my experience has been different, specially in Quito food was awesome, I have been in Guayaquil and the coast (The Sun Route) also and the seafood there is just fresh and amaizing. It may be that being on a tour they play it "safe" with the food because that is an issue when you travel outside the US. I can imagine that Disney has good reasons to switch lodging from HC to HP they always try their best to wow and their quality standards are very high. I think Im going to take your advise as far as that and will reserve at HP. Enjoy your cruise I notice you are leaving about the same time that we do...Elcka

I thought that was the case too. We LOVED the food in Peru and I thought we will be in for a treat with Ecuadorian cuisine but we were very disappointed.

Oh cool! Is this your first Fantasy cruise? We will be heading to NYC in August and we are excited! The Fantasy is awesome!!! Have fun too!

Oh, and some folks did some excursions from Quito. We only did the tour in Old Town, didn't have time for Teleferico.
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When we were in Ecudor last December, we booked excursions on our own for the extra days (rafting, mountain biking, hot springs). They picked us up at the hotel and brought us back there. This may be an option if there are not excursions offered directly trhough the hotel.
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When we were in Ecudor last December, we booked excursions on our own for the extra days (rafting, mountain biking, hot springs). They picked us up at the hotel and brought us back there. This may be an option if there are not excursions offered directly trhough the hotel.
Yes! thats what we want to do, did you stay at any of the haciendas? with who did you book the excursion and did they spoke english> Thank you!!!
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