Hacienda La Danesa


An authentic 6 bedrooms hacienda experience in Ecuador with discreet luxury and unique settings. The perfect compliment to your Galápagos experience away from the city.

Hacienda La Danesa, an experience unlike any other

Located in the coastal region of Ecuador right before the marvelous Andes, we pride ourselves in offering a mindful approach to living the good life. “Deep green” with discrete luxury, a subtle traditional aesthetic, privacy, and graciousness, Hacienda La Danesa models hospitality with enduring expressions of land and family that fosters and sustains the Olsen Peet family charming farmhouse.

More than warmth and welcome, Hacienda La Danesa is built upon the possibility of a meaningful exchange between the traveler and the host. We pledge to care for an uncommon set of priorities in order to create a connected, insightful, and transcendent experience to our guests. We believe in our intentions and hope that our exceptional service, environmental practice and our authenticity will create an experience every guest will remember.


Hacienda La Danesa is conveniently located 1 hour drive from Guayaquil in the inlands of Ecuador between Naranjito and Bucay right before the marvelous Andés. Our guests may take one-day excursions from Hacienda La Danesa to Ruinas de Ingapirca, Mercado de Guamote, the Devil’s Nose train and other wonderful off the beaten path locations. The 1,200 (500 hectares) acres estate is surrounded by beautiful fields, forests and rivers, and is directly accessible from the main road, by train or helicopter.

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Hacienda La Danesa is conveniently located approximately 67 kilometres or a one hour drive from Guayaquil International Airport GYE. Guests can arrive to the lodge via a private chauffeur car service, train or alternatively enjoy an unforgettable aerial journey via helicopter over Guayaquil.

Self Drive

From Guayaquil via Milagro
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From Cuenca via Cajas National Park
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From Quito via Latacunga and Riobamba
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Hacienda La Danesa provides transfers and airport assistance via a private chauffeur car service, train or helicopter. With flexible departure times, guests will enjoy their journey to the hacienda with comfort.

How it all began


Hacienda La Danesa was established in 1870 as a Cacao Farm

A historic family-owned and operated working hacienda

Ecuador is home to one of the best cacao varieties in the world. The hacienda has been in the Olsen family for over 50 years and is currently owned by the third generation and operated by Niels Olsen Peet.

Helge Olsen-Friis, from Copenhagen, Ecuador, was relocated to Ecuador after World War II and not only fell in love with Pilar Pons but also with the beautiful tropical Ecuadorean country side. Turning his life by 180º, he decided to quit his job in the pharmaceutics industry, marry the woman of his dreams and buy a 500 hectares property to call home which today is called Hacienda La Danesa.

In 1977, the hacienda was inherited by Niels Olsen Pons and Sonia Peet; with it came the love and passion for the farm life away from the city lights and noise. They brought up three kids; Kristel, Niels and Erik and for over 25 years they have kept this small part of heaven to their own enjoyment until Niels Jr. opened the doors of their charming farm house to a limited number of guests who appreciate this magical setting.

Hacienda La Danesa is also a traditional dairy farm that produces about 2000 liters of milk per day and produces fresh cheese for their guests every morning. It also grows teak plantation and breed beautiful pinto quarter horses.

An Exclusive Experience


To ensure maximum privacy and seclusion, the hacienda is for exclusive use for our guests only with a very limited number of daily excursions per day. No walk-ins or unannounced visits accepted.

Curated services and amenities to fulfill your needs

In-Room Massage

*Available only in the restored stables or cottages.
From the comfort of your own bedrooms enjoy a massage designed around your needs. Refresh, cool, and soothe during the day. Must be booked in advance.


All of our dining experiences are outdoors. We provide with exceptional from farm to table three course menus. We cater to individual needs.


Curated experiences embrace the hacienda’s efforts to provide authentic experiences with cacao plantation tours, wet tubing in lazy rivers, horse riding, cooking classes, and bike rides. All excursions are focused on preserving local traditions.


The hacienda offers custom event planning and idyllic venues for weddings, vow renewals and other special occasions.


La Danesa’s strong focus on improving the standards of living through tourism implements strict policies to create jobs in the neighboring communities, start ups and sourcing local ingredients.

Useful Details


From Jan – Apr the average temperature is around 30º C (86º F). From May – Dec the average temperature is around 28º C (80º F).


We are 30 meters above sea level. You won’t have to worry about altitude sickness.


Citizens of most countries do not require a visa to enter Ecuador for up to 90 days, with some notable exceptions. Please, click here for information.


The official currency of Ecuador is American Dollars (USD). At Hacienda La Danesa we accept credit cards and cash.


Spanish is the official language of Ecuador. Quichua and Shuar are also officially recognized.


Mains voltage in Ecuador is 110V – 120V. The plugs in Ecuador are similar to the ones in North America.

Check-in and Check-out

Check-in time is 2.00pm and check-out is 11.00am but we are flexible and happy to work around your flight details.


WiFi internet access is complimentary and available throughout the farm house and villas. Due to the secluded setting of Hacienda La Danesa, this service might be intermittent.

Mobile Coverage

We recommend using Claro as it provides the best 3G coverage all around Hacienda La Danesa.

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