Hacienda Primavera is owned and operated by a husband and wife team. The hacienda has been in our family for over 90 years, and we take great pride in it. The ecolodge is located in the northwestern tropical montane forests of Ecuador. It lies northwest of Quito in El Choco national rainforest reserve. Daily low and high temperature readings are 18C / 68F and 24C / 80F. There are no significant seasonal temperature changes.
The ranch is in part primary and secondary jungle with stables full of horses, cattle, llamas, donkeys, goats, and pigs. The surrounding tropical cloud forest is rich in flora and fauna, and birdlife is prolific. The hacienda is at an elevation of 1,200 m (approximately 3,500 ft). The cloud forest is extremely lush, with a high biomass and an abundance of epiphytic orchids, bromeliads, ferns, and mosses. The tree canopy can reach between 25 and 30 m high, (75 to 90 ft high).
Indigenous tribes living near the ecolodge are historically called the Aguases. Archaeological findings in and around the hacienda date to more than 400 years old. The nearby villages are populated with montaneros, indigenous people with a visible Spanish colonial ancestry. Montaneros are the modern day cowboys, highly experienced in horses, ranching, and farming.