Niels Olsen. Niels holds a Master in Sustainable Tourism from Monash University in Australia and spent a handful of years working in the Marketing industry in Ecuador.
Hacienda La Danesa is a family-owned working cacao and dairy hacienda. Four years ago the farm opened its doors to accommodate travellers looking for unique and authentic experiences in their travels, specially before and after visiting the Galápagos Islands. It currently holds 6 rooms to offer intimate and exclusive experiencies to its discerning guests.
HACIENDA LA DANESA
History & Story
The hacienda is principally a working farm ran by Niels, owner and host, that offers a mindful approach to living the good life. The perfect compliment to the Galápagos Islands for guests to rest and relax. Hacienda La Danesa models hospitality with enduring expressions of land and family. Experiences are built upon the possibility of a meaningful exchange between the traveler and the host. Experiences offered are horse riding, chocolate workshops, tubing in lazy river, biking, beekeeping immersion, hiking in the cloud forest and waterfalls and mule riding with buffaloes. Some day excursions include the Ingapirca Ruins, Cuenca and the Churute Mangroves. The hacienda is easily accessible by road (1h15 from Guayaquil), train or helicopter.
2018. The Stables and Cottages were restored by Niels to convert them into beautifully designed and fitted out guest bedrooms. In 2019 a new Al Fresco social areas will be built. The farm’s reservoir will be converted into a pool. All Interior Design is done by the Olsen family.
Date added extensions
2019 : The Garden Cottage
Main Strengths, Special Touch
Peaceful, secluded and exclusive with high levels of service and from farm to table cuisine. The hacienda is the perfect extension to Galápagos trips.
The hacienda is located an hour drive from Guayaquil in the ecuadorean country side (inland).
Key sites/activities in the area
Cacao and Chocolate Experience
Tubing in Lazy River
In Room Spa
All Hacienda Local Experiences:
Bicycles, Lazy River Tubing, Milking, Cacao Plantation
From Farm to Table Cuisine
Binoculars and Bird Watching Guide
In Room Spa
The hacienda has been owned by the Olsen family for over 50 years and Niels, third generation dane, looks after guests and show them what made his upbringing in the countr’s lowland so special. Travellers arrive as guests and leave as friends !
The property offers amazing activities for kids without interruptig adults privacy and relaxation.
Number of suites: 1
Number of Luxury rooms: 5
Number of rooms, (keys) in all: 6
Restaurants & Bars
The hacienda offers half board and full board plans. Cuisine is mostly ecuadorean comfort food with a twist. The Chef is the family’s Chef for many years.