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Hacienda San Juan de La Vega, a B&B experience if you choose! Just ask!

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type villa


About the property

3 bedroom with private bath, Great Livingroom & Den with cozy fireplace...

Welcome to Casa Ana at Hacienda San Juan de La Vega… Visit our peaceful, private & charming ranch that offers all of the comforts of a beautiful B&B in your own villa. Just ask, we are here to meet your needs and make you happy during your stay in one of our 4 villas.

Visiting our ranch is about truly having an incredible new experience away from the big city yet close to all of the fantastic tourist activities in the Imbabura province, home of the famous Otavalo market & Cotacachi!

You are invited to come stay at Casa Ana one of our charming villas located on our ranch, “ Hacienda San Juan de La Vega” in San Pablo del Lago in the province of Imbabura, Ecuador. This majestic hacienda (40+ hectares = 100 acres) is located at the end of a long Andean valley with a stream flowing through its green pastures. Along the stream you will find pools that are perfect for taking a little dip if you dare…the water is a bit chilly; however, extremely invigorating! Our nieces and nephews love this outdoor pastime. We also have horses on our property for those of you who enjoy horseback riding! If you really want to go back intime we invite you to take a horse drawn hayride... it is just a lot of fun!

A perfect retreat from wherever you find yourself at this moment… into a serene nature filled environment. A complete RETURN to NATURE, If you choose you can leave your cell phones, internet, emails & stress behind… its up to you! We do have wireless internet if you choose to use it.

On our property we have an organic vegetable garden. You are welcome to harvest from our garden for your meals. If you are a garden lover you are also welcome to work in our garden, which is my personal favorite pastime. Learn about permaculture farming methods that take being organic to a completely new level! We are in the process of implementing this philosophy of farming on our ranch. You are also welcome to gather eggs from our free-range chicken coop & enjoy fresh scrambled eggs for breakfast!

Some of our guest have enjoyed going to the local animal market / fair, where they purchase their own egg laying hens, baby chicks, bunny rabbits, guinea pigs & more... We have plenty of space on our ranch to make this possible, so just have fun bring your own farm animals back to our ranch. Your children will have a blast! P.S. The animals at the Animal Fair are very inexpensive... It´s just fun for your children! As an adult I love the experience myself.

For those of you who enjoy hiking, just step outside, there are amazing views and waterfalls to be discovered in the surrounding mountainside. Please see our facebook page for more pictures.

A little slice of heaven! Come discover it for yourself, you will not want to leave. We are surrounded by majestic volcanic peaks (all extinct), spectacular views, and fun tourist activities/adventures. This is a perfect retreat for a group of friends looking to get away for a long weekend or a family adventure looking for great memories. We have also had more than one family visit at a time, which we highly recommended. You can share one home (Casa Ana) or rent our other home (Casa Monica) located on the same ranch. You can find it advertised on Homeaway # 956566. Our hope is that you will take with you fond memories that will last a lifetime. Priceless!

If you would like to read some reviews about our property just email us and we will send you a link.

This Ecuadorian adventure is perfect for those of you who are interested in discovering Otavalo (the largest pre-Incan market in South America), Cotacachi(known for its incredible handmade leather goods), Cuicocha (a beautiful lake in the crater of an old volcano), el Cayambe & el Imbabura (volcanic peeks with picturesque views and great hiking). These are five of the most sought after tourist attractions in the Ecuadorian Andes. Our hacienda, “San Juan de La Vega,” is located within a 20 to 30 minute drive from these tourist hotspots. San Pablo del Lago is a local weekend getaway spot for Ecuadorians interested in aquatic sports and local cuisine.

This ranch contains 4 villas, this villa, the Casa Ana is available for those of you who are currently living in Ecuador and would like to take some time to discover this area, as well as those of you who are considering moving to Ecuador and want a home-base and not a hotel as you discover the surrounding region. If you are simply looking for a great VACATION you will definitely enjoy your stay with us!!! Our Hacienda makes a fantastic DESTINATION VACATION! Riding horses, learning Spanish, hiking, gardening, milking cows, making home made cheese & more...

If you are interested in learning Spanish... we can recommend a fantastic teacher. She is great with adults as well as with children... At our ranch, San Juan de La Vega, you will be well taken care of by our friendly & caring staff. Refer to our rates/packages to see what can be included. We are happy to accommodate your needs. Your home has a great kitchen especially if you love to cook! You can prepare your own meals or we can arrange for our housekeeper/cook to be available.

Feel free to contact us via email or phone... we look forward to making your stay all that you would love it to be! If you have not heard back from us within 24 hours please email us. Our ranch is truly a wonderful place to stay, the fresh mountain air and a dip in our river pool will leave you feeling invigorated!

I am originally from the Northern Virginia/D.C. area and have been living in Ecuador for the last 10 years. I must say if I could I would spend all of my time on our ranch; however I live in Quito with my husband, which is also a wonderful place! We generally get down to the ranch most weekends and stay in one of our other homes on the property so we are available if you need us. We both love to cook so maybe we can share a meal together! If you wish...

We hope you will enjoy OUR REALITY… and you are welcome to stay! Enjoy and have a wonderful time during your visit with us.


Self-catering groups


·Housekeeping every morning

·We have what we call our Honesty Pantry for you to shop at for some basic supplies. We do this to help get you started for your stay with us. The pantry is stocked with some locally available food. We always recommend that you stop by one of the larger supermarkets in Quito before arriving. If you are being picked up by one of our drivers they will be more than happy to take you to one of the best grocery stores available in Quito.

IMPORTANT NOTE to all travelers: Ecuador is a third world country and you may not find all of your regular cooking needs i.e.: spices, packaged foods etc... If there is something you just can't live with out please bring it with you.



·Full day Housekeeping / Cook (You provide the food) or if you wish, you can order a family style meal which is quite delicious.

·Laundry Service

·We have what we call our Honesty Pantry, which is stocked with local supplies and available for you to shop at.

A deposit is required to confirm your reservation (This is a non-refundable fee).Payment in full is required 15 days prior to arrival. Cancellations within less than 72 hours prior to arrival cannot be refunded.

Payments via Paypal are welcome.

More Details

Janine Ugalde
Member since: 2012
Speaks english, french, spanish
Response time
Within a few days
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
2 August, 2018

About Janine Ugalde

Hacienda San Juan de La Vega has been in my husband David´s family for about 20 years... We love our ranch dearly and in the last year or so we have really put a lot of love and joy into renovating our property. We finished renovating Casa Ana in May 2012 and then started renovating Casa Barbarita in Jan. of 2013... That villa took along time but was finally finished in 2014.

We've loved our rental experience, having many lovely families & couples visit for long month stays or just a quick long weekend / week visits.

I've loved living in Ecuador for the last 8 years... When I lived in Northern VA, I was a pre-school teacher / Director of a wonderful little preschool that I opened with my mother. Clifton Children's Academy. I grew up in the McLean VA area most of my life... however now I find myself completely in love, living in Quito Ecuador. I love Ecuador and definitely recommend a visit! We are trying to create a new kind of Vacation experience on our Ranch... We hope you enjoy it!

Janine Ugalde purchased this villa in 1997

Why Janine Ugalde chose Otavalo

We are near Otavalo in a small community called San Pablo del Lago (about 10min away). Our hacienda San Juan de La Vega was a passion and a dream for David's father... He loved the land and always wanted to create a sustainable life style on the ranch... We have tried to follow his dream as we continually implement new projects that are permaculture related. We are constantly learning and find that life on the ranch is extraordinary enriching for us as a couple as well as for our visitors...

For us it is important that you and your family share valuable life lasting memories... In a way it is like going back to a more simple life style... Getting back to the basics... Visiting grandmas farm... making home made biscuits and more... You create the memories we provide the possibilities... Enjoy!

What makes this villa unique

We fell in love with our ranch because it is truly a unique place... The beauty of the landscape is picturesque... just imagine the sun setting as you are riding your horse along the pastureland at the end of a beautiful green valley. The wind just slightly rustling... Your children playing with the farm animals... milking the cows and making your own butter for home made pancakes! :o)

Since I am a teacher at heart, I love to create memories with our nieces and nephews...Really you can feel free to come up with your own fun ideas as well as use some of mine!

The point is for you to enjoy and reconnect with nature... it is fabulous! We hope you feel the same way about our ranch... I guess you can tell that we really love our ranch and look forward to sharing it with you! We look forward to your visit!


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa rental in Otavalo

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:30 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • 3.5
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Room 1) 1 queen bed & 1 bunk bed Room 2) 1 queen bed Room 3) 1 queen bed & 1 bunk bed * We have extra floor mattresses for extra children.
  • DVD Player
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • limited accessibility
  • churches
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
Details: ·Large living room with fireplace. ·Den with a fireplace and large screen TV great for movies. ·Comfortable dining room sits 10 to 12, extra seating also available. ·Great kitchen especially if you love to cook (you can prepare your own meals or we can arrange a cook to be available). ·You will need a rental car to feel independent or we can arrange a local driver for you. Really it works out to be approximately the same price. ·Housekeeper available 2 to 3 hours daily M-F (full time optional with an extra fee). ·If there is something that you would like that is not mentioned, please let us know. If it is possible we will be happy to accommodate you!


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Hacienda San Juan de La Vega, a B&B experience if you choose! Just ask!
average rating of 4.9615383 based on 26 reviews


  • 5 of 5

séjour inoubliable, le site est magnifique, la maison équipée de façon parfaite et le personnel aussi compétent que sympathique. ne pas hésiter surtout avec des enfants!!

  • Review Submitted: 26/04/2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wisconsin USA


  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed 5 nights at Hacienda San Juan de La Vega. A wonderful experience! Staff and owners are so helpful and friendly. Scenery is spectacular. Surrounding communities are rich in culture. The house was very clean and well furnished. The property is gorgeous with a variety of flowers in constant bloom. Enriching activities, such as cheese making are some of the amenities of this property.

Do yourself a favor; acquire experiences. This is the place.

  • Review Submitted: 10/01/2017
  • Date of Stay: January 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Absolutely a exquisite experience

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I recently traveled for the first time to Ecuador, staying in the historic district of Quito for two nights. We then rented a car and drove to Hacienda San Juan de La Vega. We were completely unprepared for the gorgeous scenery viewed from the equally unexpected high quality road. Upon arrival, we were immediately greeted by the staff of Hacienda San Juan de La Vega who became dear to our hearts in a very short time. One of the advantages of this property is that one can either choose to be totally independent, or choose to have the staff prepare the meals. The house in which we stayed was well equipped not to mention being a stunning timber and frame dwelling. Now the really good part. The setting is up a long valley nestled between two mountains with waterfalls at the end, absolutely a gorgeous setting. Approaching New Zealand kind of scenery. We took long walks on the 100 acres and on the dirt roads on either side of the valley. Also did horse back riding accompanied by a very competent Miguel. The staff also provided room service, lit the fire in the fireplace night and morning and was always attentive. Special thanks to Gissela who went out of the way to make sure our stay was pleasurable. Overall a very positive experience.

  • Review Submitted: 10/01/2017
  • Date of Stay: January 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Quito, Ecuador

Unforgeatable experience

  • 5 of 5

We had wonderful time at San Juan de la Vega with our friends. The staff is very kind and helpful. The place is a paradise!

  • Review Submitted: 12/12/2016
  • Date of Stay: December 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Pefect Andean Escape

  • 5 of 5

Amazing views. Great houses. Friendly and helfull staff. They don't nickel and dime you for anything. Highly recommended.

  • Review Submitted: 21/11/2016
  • Date of Stay: November 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Kansas City, Kansas, USA

Amazing Experience with Exceptional Service

  • 5 of 5

Everything about San Juan de la Vega was truly beyond our expectations! The staff made us feel welcome from the moment we arrived. Our daughter (8) asked to be woken up early several mornings to help Mauricio with the horses, and our son (6) loved helping with the chickens and cows. We made s'mores, rode horses, went on hikes, and just generally enjoyed the stunning setting. We also had Spanish lessons every weekday morning, arranged with an excellent teacher in Otavalo who came to the farm. This is a perfect place for immersing yourself in the Ecuadorian countryside. The house (Casa Ana) was extremely comfortable and spacious, and the huge fireplaces were a treat (along with the cloud-like beds)!

  • Review Submitted: 08/06/2015
  • Date of Stay: June 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
60 Miles
Quito Internation Airport
Nearest Barpub
8 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
2.5 Miles
San Pablo Del Lago
Nearest Ski
2.5 Miles
Lake: San Pablo Del Lago
Car: recommended


·All packages include a stop at a grocery store if you wish.

·Package 1 ·Lago San Pablo

·Parque aquatico

·Cabañas del lago


·Package 2 ·Parque condor

·Cascada de peguch

·Package 3 ·Cotacahi


·Quiroga (pueblo atresania en madera)

·Package 4 ·Atuntaqui

·Sanantonio de ibara


·Supermaxi de ibara

·Package 5 ·Agua santa cachimbiero (pisinas termales, bara terapia, tarabita (teleferico), zip wire (canopy)

·Package 6 ·Yawarcocha lake

·Vaye del chota (oaisis pisina)

·Package 7 ·Via el charchi El Angel,

·La Virgen de la paz (gruta con estalagmitas) cueva

·Reserva de fociles de dinasaurios ??

·Package 8 ·Mojanda

·Pesca y senderos (30min walk)


·Showroom artesania en Totora

·Package 9 ·Feria de animales

·Cayambe viernes (1/2 day)

·Otavalo sabado (1/2 day)

Note ·for otavalo you can add the rest of the day for the indigenous market

·Package 10 ·Caminata Imbabura

·(take lunch)

·Package 11 ·Cochas



·Cayambe (biscochos con dulce de leche y queso de hoja)

·Casa de Fernado (Hidroponic Strawberries)

paquete 12 ·Mitad del mundo (The real one)

·Pisinas termales

·Pesca de trucha


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday villa around the Otavalo

Rental Basis:
per property
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1 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection AU$82.51

Hacienda San Juan de La Vega is more than just a rental. We are happy to offer you all of the comforts of a B&B in your own private villa. You choose... If you want to be 100% independent or if you would like all of the perks of a B&B. Just let us know, we are here to make your vacation all that you would like it to be.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • No refunds for cancellations made after payment is made
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