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Turtle Inn Belize

Turtle Inn: Luxury Beachfront Villas in Belize

Turtle Inn is Francis Ford Coppola’s beachfront resort on the Central Coast of Belize. Located just outside the town of Placencia, Turtle Inn is an excellent base for exploring the region’s white-sand cayes, atolls, and reef.

Turtle Inn’s gardens and guestrooms have a Balinese feel; Mr. Coppola fell in love with Southeast Asia while filming “Apocalypse Now” in the 1970’s. He imported the resort’s hand-carved pavement stones, wall decorations, and furnishings from Bali.

He also designed the guest cabanas with thatched roofs and outdoor showers. Guestrooms are fully screened and shuttered, but dispense with window glass or air conditioning—another reflection of Bali’s open-air style of living.

White sand beach lined with hammocks at luxury resort Turtle Inn Belize

Turtle Inn: Beachfront Belize

Turtle Inn rests on a sheltered section of coast, near the tip of a narrow 26-mile long sandy peninsula, between the towns of Seine Bight and Placencia.

Turtle Inn has two swimming pools, several power boats, a private dock, a dive shop, and dive masters, making it an ideal location to obtain or advance your PADI certification. The Belize Barrier Reef is a short boat trip from the resort.

Turtle Inn also has three restaurants, a bar, a gelato stand, a spa (specializing in Thai massage), and a boutique. Service is warm and genuine; many of the hotel staff have worked at the property for more than a decade.

Aerial view of waves and sandy beach of the tropical coast of Mozambique, one of the best places to stay in Belize for a beach vacation

Turtle Inn Accommodations

Turtle Inn’s 25 individual cottages and villas were designed with privacy and relaxation in mind. Many are beachfront, while others are less than a minute’s walk from the Caribbean shore.

Options at Turtle Inn range from one-bedroom cottages to a private 2-acre island, Coral Caye.  Within the main grounds of Turtle Inn, options include:

  • (4) Seafront Cottages
  • (5) Seaview Cottages
  • (2) Poolside Seaview Cottages
  • (2) Poolside Gardenview Cottages
  • (4) Gardenview Cottages

Each guest room at Turtle Inn is furnished with a security box, mini-bar, ceiling fans, cookie jars, bathrobes, and beach sandals. The en-suite bathrooms feature Japanese-style shower tubs, and private gardens include outdoor showers.

The rooms do not have television or telephone; reception can be reached via “shellphone” intercom. Wi-Fi is available throughout the property.

View of the carribean from wooden porch of oceanview villa at Turtle Inn Belize

The maximum occupancy of each cottage at Turtle Inn is three people with an additional roll-away bed.

TWO-BEDROOM VILLAS

  • (3) Gardenview Villas
  • (4) Seafront Villas

These villas offer more space than the cottages. The living area of each villa at Turtle Inn flows into the screened front porch and additional sitting and dining areas.

Maximum villa occupancy is six people with additional rollaway beds.

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THE STARFISH COTTAGE

The Starfish Cottage is a private seafront home, intended for families or up to four adults.

The cottage features a kitchen, living room, bathroom on the main floor, shared bathroom on the second floor, and two air-conditioned bedrooms.  A pool is shared with the neighboring cottage, which also shares a dock.

Maximum occupancy in the Starfish Cottage is four people.

Private pool and daybeds in front of Starfish Cottage luxury villa at Turtle Inn Belize

FRANCIS’S FAMILY PAVILION

Located on the southern edge of the resort and surrounded on three sides by a high walled tropical garden, Francis’s Family Pavilion was designed with privacy in mind.

The Pavilion features two bedrooms, each with private bath and outdoor shower.  The second story has a cozy sleeping loft. Between the two bedrooms is a living area and screened porch with comfortable sofas; writing desk; and a small kitchen with wet bar, refrigerator, and stove.

The pavilion is adorned with hand-carved wooden doorways and accent panels, stone sculptures, and artwork personally selected by Francis and
Eleanor Coppola.

The Pavillion has a private pool and thatch-roofed dining terrace overlooking the ocean.

Shot from living room of al-fresco dining area in Francis Family Pavillion villa at Turtle Inn Belize Luxury Resort

The Family Pavilion is staffed with dedicated personal attendant. Maximum occupancy is of six people, if additional roll-away beds are added.

SOFIA’S BEACH HOUSE

Sofia’s Beach House is located next to the Family Pavilion.  This indoor-outdoor masterpiece is Sofia Coppola’s private hideaway, designed with extra space and privacy.

The main house features one upstairs master bedroom with a king-size bed and an adjacent room with bunk beds suitable for children under 12 years of age.

It also has a media room that can be converted into to a seaview open-air bedroom with queen bed.  The main house has two baths, full kitchen, private pool, fire pit, outdoor BBQ dining area with available private chef (extra charge) and a large living area that opens out to the pool deck.

In addition to the main house, Sofia’s Beach House has two separate guest cottages, each with a king bed and private en suite bathroom.

The private infinity pool of Sofia's Beach house at Turtle Inn Belze; ringed by two pavillions adorned with day beds and bar

CORAL CAYE – TURTLE INN’S PRIVATE ISLAND

Sheltered behind the world famous Belize Barrier Reef, Coral Caye is a completely private 2-acre island, well suited for a romantic, restorative or adventurous getaway.

Located just 8 miles (25 minute boat ride) from the main Turtle Inn property, Coral Caye features a small coral sand beach and mangrove ecology.

Capable of accommodating between two and ten guests, this private island is outfitted with a full house and two cottages.

The Coral Cottage is ideal for a couple or family with young children. This cottage features a king bed and a sleeper sofa in the cozy living area, front porch, hammocks, full bathroom and an outdoor shower.

TAerial view of Coral Caye private island owned by Francis Coppela and offered at Turtle Inn Belize

Situated near Coral Caye’s mangrove cove, the Seahorse Cottage is great for extended family or additional friends. It features one queen bed, two additional twin beds and an adjacent bathroom with a cold shower.

Coral Caye’s Great House was built to be the perfect indoor/outdoor living room for your stay on Coral Caye.

With amenities including a full bar, music, bathroom, kitchen, dining table, board games, dart board and more, this space is perfect for celebrations or family meals.

The Great House can also be converted in the evening to accommodate added guests with daybeds. All meals on Coral Caye are prepared daily by the island caretakers, including fresh-caught seafood dinners.

View from a villa on Turtle Inn Belize private island, Coral Caye

LANDED can also customize the Coral Caye experience with add-on items (at extra charge) including:

  • Private Attendant
  • Guided Fishing Tours
  • Pre-Ordered Grocery Items
  • Al-Fresco Massages
  • Private Chef

Turtle Inn Amenities

Turtle Inn features two swimming pools and a spa focused on Thai massage. Kayaks, paddle boards, tri-marans, beach cruisers, water bikes, snorkel gear, and fishing gear are available for complimentary guest use.

The property serves a complimentary continental breakfast (with option for room service) included. Hot, made-t0-order breakfast options are available for an additional fee.

Turtle Inn also offer a daily shuttle service to Placencia Village between the hours of 6pm and 10pm.  There you’ll find Caribbean classics and top-notch ice cream.

Guided birdwatching tours of the Turtle Inn property are offered twice a week.

Woman doing yoga on a private beach at Turtle Inn Belize

Turtle Inn Restaurants and Bars

From local seafood and traditional Belizean fare to authentic Italian cuisine, options include:

The Mare Restaurant – Turtle Inn’s flagship restaurant, serving fresh caught seafood and traditional Italian dishes, prepared using Coppola
family recipes. The Mare also serves Dutch –Indonesian Rijsstafel twice a week on Mondays and Thursdays.

The Gauguin Grill – An intimate beachfront restaurant featuring fresh, charcoal-grilled seafood, accompanied by a choice of Balinese-inspired sauces and spices. This Turtle Inn bar and lounge also offers an excellent selection of Belize- brewed Belikin beer, wine, and cocktails.

Auntie Luba’s Kitchen – The menu of this small, rustic-style restaurant is filled with traditional local dishes including curry chicken, coconut shrimp, and classic rice & beans, served in a fun and friendly laid-back atmosphere.

Elegant wood accented dining room of Mare Restaurant overlooking ocean at Turtle Inn Belize

The Laughing Fish Bar – Set on Turtle Inn’s beach under a thatch roof, this beach bar serves a wide selection of drinks and light snacks. Comfortable Adirondack chairs sit directly on the sand, offering panoramic views of the Caribbean sea.

Skip White Bar – This open-air Turtle Inn bar was designed to pay homage to previous owner Skip White, whose hobbies included a keen interest in marine biology.

New Wine Cellar – Opened in December of 2015, Turtle Inn now boasts one of the largest wine cellars in Central America, with more than 1,000 bottles in-stock. The New Wine Cellar also offers a wine tasting experience, available for guests to enjoy privately or among other guests in the wine garden.

Kids Gelato Bar – Nestled next to the Skip White Bar, you’ll find the sand-floored Turtle Inn Gelato Bar. Here, children are invited to enjoy a supervised party atmosphere, complete with kid-sized tables and chairs.

Two young girls sitting at a kid-sized table, enjoying Gelato cones at Turtle Inn Belize

Active Adventure at Turtle Inn

If you’re seeking active adventure in Belize, Turtle Inn has a variety of options. Guests of this luxury resort can enjoy activities including:

  • Bicycling
  • Snorkeling
  • Golf Cart Scavenger Hunts
  • Horseback Riding
  • Sunset Cruises on the Caribbean
  • SCUBA Diving (and SCUBA Certification courses)
  • Birding, Hiking, and Wildlife Viewing at the Cockscomb Basin Jaguar Reserve
  • Day Trips to Nim Li Punit, or Lubaantun Maya Ruins
  • Wildlife Watching Boat Tours up Monkey River
  • Visits to Turtle Inn’s Organic Farm
  • Sport Fishing or Fly Fishing
  • Swimming
  • Zip Lining

Just off the coast of the Turtle Inn property, the Belize Barrier Reef provides some of the great opportunities for snorkeling and scuba diving experiences.

A sea turtle photographed on a Scuba expedition at Turtle Inn Belize Luxury Resort

Turtle Inn Conservation Efforts

Francis and Eleanor Coppola are firmly committed to preserving the pristine environment of Belize.

The Coppolas strongly support Belize’s commitment to ecotourism and continue to explore new technologies and practices that benefit the environment. Accordingly, all the buildings at Turtle Inn were built using low profile, environmentally-sound designs and renewable materials such as thatch, pine, and bamboo.

Whenever possible, Turtle Inn sources herbs and produce for the resort restaurants from an on-site organic garden.

Man walking towards large circular pool overlooking ocean at Turtle Inn Belize

Dreaming of a visit to Turtle Inn? LANDED provides personalized, custom travel within Central America, South America, and the Antarctic. We’ll create a unique itinerary plan tailored to your interests and dreams. Experience the trip of a lifetime. Speak with one of our expert travel planners today at 801.582.2100.

Why No Helicopter Charters to Machu Picchu?

Why Helicopters are Banned from Machu Picchu

One of the common questions we field from clients traveling in Peru is, “How can I travel to Machu Picchu by helicopter?”

In 2010, the Cusco province banned helicopters from the airspace around and over Machu Picchu, in an effort to protect indigenous wildlife.

Specifically, the noise produced by helicopter rotors is considered detrimental to some 50 species whose habitat includes Machu Picchu, the Sacred Valley, and Inca Trail home.

A brown caracara perched on a wall on a vista overlooking the Machu Picchu ancient ruin site

Helicopters are not permitted to fly within the 125 square mile area surrounding Peru’s most popular Inca site.

A few examples of indigenous species found in this region include:

  • Spectacled Bear
  • Red-Plumed Andean Cock of the Rock
  • Guanaco
  • Vicuña
  • Caracara

Helicopter flights are typically only permitted in response to medical or national emergencies.  Even in those circumstances, prior authorization from the Culture Directorate of Cusco and SERNAP (Peru’s National Service of Natural Protected Areas) is required.

Golden sunrise over the ancient Inca city of Machu Picchu

Available Machu Picchu Transportation Options

Fortunately, those interested in visiting Machu Picchu can still choose from a variety of transportation options.

From scenic, multi-day treks on the Inca Trail to lesser-known trails with accommodation at luxury mountain lodges, to private rail charters, options for getting to Machu Picchu are plentiful.

Getting to Peru

Most international flights to Peru arrive in Lima, although Cusco now receives non-stop flights from Bogota, Colombia and La Paz, Bolivia.

From Lima, it’s common for travelers to fly to Cusco, descending to the Sacred Valley shortly thereafter; the altitude of the Sacred Valley is lower than Cusco, easing acclimation.

Illiminated cathedral on plaza de armas, photographed on leisure travel to lima peru
Stepped agricultural terraces cut into the hillside at Machu Picchu ruins showing other ancient buildings in the clouds

Machu Picchu Train Options

Train transportation options to Agua Calientes (aka Machu Picchu Pueblo) continue to improve.  Available Machu Picchu train options include:

  • Peru Rail

    • Expedition Train (economy train)
    • Vistadome (intermediate train with panoramic windows)
    • Sacred Valley Train (luxury train including lunch or dinner on board)
    • Hiram Bingham Train (luxury train including brunch and dinner, and live entertainment on board).
  • Inca Rail

    • Voyager Train (economy train)
    • 360 Train (intermediate train with panoramic windows)
    • Inca Rail First Class Train (luxury option including lunch or dinner on board)
    • Private Train (a private, luxury dining car available for 8 travelers)

All trains arrive at Aguas Calientes station, necessitating an additional 25-30 minute bus ride before reaching Machu Picchu.

Machu Picchu Presidential Quarter, a triangular wall with small windows cut into it

Should you prefer a Machu Picchu hiking expedition, LANDED can arrange the following itineraries:

2-Day Inca Trail Option

Travel by train to km 104, before embarking on a 5-6 hour hike, arriving to Machu Picchu in the afternoon with the option to visit the ruins that day (time permitting; depending on group pace).

After exploring Machu Picchu, you’ll head to a nearby for an overnight stay.  You can then revisit the site the next morning.

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4-Day Inca Trail Camping Option

After a short train journey, you’ll begin your 4-day hike to Machu Picchu at km 82, trekking for around 8 – 9 hrs per day and sleeping in campsites.

LANDED can arrange a variety of different camping options–from basic to luxurious–custom-tailored to your requirements and budget.

Inca Trail Tickets

Permits for the Inca Trail entry must be acquired well in advance of travel.  It is common for the route to sell out 6 months or more in advance for peak season dates.

Blue train cars with white roofs en route to Agua Calientes, near Machu Picchu

The Sacred Valley typically has two seasons:

  • Dry/High Season (April to October)

  • Rainy/Low Season (November to March)

The climate in the Sacred Valley can be unpredictable—even in the peak of dry season, a rainy day is never out of the question.

Similarly, the rainy season has been known to include a few sunny days. With this in mind, we advise LANDED clients to pack rain gear, regardless of season and expected weather.

Poroy Train Station Closures

From January 1st to April 30th, the Poroy train station closes.

While trains continue to operate during this time, they are limited to arrival in either Ollantaytambo or another station nearby.

Stepped residential terraces cut into steep green hillside at Machu Pichu Inca ruin site in Peru

Since the July 2017 rule change, first entry to Machu Picchu must be with a guide.  You are not required to have a guide for subsequent entries (e.g. an afternoon visit on the same day, or a morning visit the following day).

For those wishing to explore the Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain, guide service is not mandatory, but trail tickets are needed.

Machu Picchu Ticket Time Limits

The average Machu Picchu tour duration is between 2 and 2.5 hrs, with a 4 hour maximum allowed on a regular ticket.

Tickets with a Huayna Picchu extension allow a maximum of 6 hours, while tickets with a Machu Picchu Mountain extension allow a maximum of 8 hours.

Re-entry is permitted at Machu Picchu; you can exit the national park and re-enter by showing your ticket.

Double rainbow over the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu in Peru

Machu Picchu tour groups are limited to a maximum of 16 people and must be accompanied by an official Machu Picchu tour guide.

LANDED suggests a maximum ratio of 8 people per guide, to help ensure the quality of your experience.  Usually, we arrange private guides for couples and families.

Machu Picchu Bus Wait Times

The queue for the bus to Machu Picchu is typically quite long—in high season you can expect to wait between 30 minutes and an hour.

However, we can charter a bus for you.  Chartered buses can be scheduled in advance, eliminating the wait.

Machu Pichu at dawn

Machu Picchu Tour Options

  • Machu Picchu Morning Tour Entry (6:00 am – 12:00 pm)
  • Machu Picchu Afternoon Tour Entry (12:00 pm – 17:30 pm)
  • Machu Picchu Mountain (Cerro Machu Picchu) Hiking Trail Entry Times
    • Option A (7:00 am – 8:00 am)
    • Option B (9:00 am – 10:00 am)
  • Huayna Picchu Mountain Hiking Trail Entry Times
    • Option A (7:00 am – 8:00 am)
    • Option B (10:00 am – 11:00 am)

For the ticketed trails (Machu Picchu Mountain and Huayna Picchu Mountain), we usually recommend Option A (7:00 – 8:00 am) to ensure adequate time to fully explore Machu Picchu afterwards.

Switchback road near Inca ruins of Machu Picchu

Prohibited items at Machu Picchu include:

  • Tripods, supports or extensions for cameras or cell phones (including ‘selfie sticks’)
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Musical instruments
  • Strollers (baby carriers are permitted)
  • Professional filming is only allowed with express prior authorization from the Culture Directorate of Cusco and Sernanp.
  • Metal-tipped poles (Machu Picchu approved rubber tips can be purchased in Cusco)
  • Tobacco, ‘vaping’ devices, and electronic cigarettes
  • Drones

At the entrance to Machu Picchu there’s a place for visitors to leave their any prohibited items they have inadvertently brought.

What else is banned at Machu Picchu?

Bad behavior such as taking artifacts, climbing on walls, paraglider flyovers, and feeding the local wildlife.

Wide angle shot of the Quarry at Machu Picchu in Peru

Thinking of visiting Machu Picchu? Download our Machu Picchu Guide.

LANDED provides personalized, custom travel within Central America, South America, and the Antarctic. We’ll create a unique itinerary plan tailored to your interests and dreams.

Experience the trip of a lifetime. Speak with one of our expert travel planners today at 801.582.2100.

“Few romances can ever surpass that of the granite citadel on top of the beetling precipices of Machu Picchu, the crown of Inca Land.”

-Hiram Bingham-

Puro Vik

Puro Vik: Contemporary Design

Vik Retreats is an internationally-renowned collection of boutique hotels.

These retreats are renowned for their genuine hospitality, settings–beach, wine valleys, pampas–and focus on design. Each room features installations and original artwork by leading contemporary artists.

“The most beautiful thing in the world is, of course, the world itself.”

-Wallace Stevens-

Inaugurated in December 2018, Puro Vik represents the newest Vik concept by curators Carrie and Alexander Vik.

Contemporary architectural design glass house on the hills of Vik Vinyard in Chile

Perched on the rolling hills of their Vik Chile estate, Puro Vik includes 18 sleek, glass-walled villas with panoramic views of Millahue Valley vineyards.

Floor-to-Ceiling Glass Villas

Each villa features floor-to-ceiling glass, eliminating visual borders with the surrounding treetops and foliage.

The unique design and spacing of the cabins ensures privacy, while allowing guests to drink in the dramatic vistas of the valley below.

Vast rows of yellow grape vines in Chilean Millahue vineyard; rows of ripe yellow grape vines backed by mountains in Chile's wine country

Bedrooms and bathrooms open onto private terraces, blurring the boundary between interior spaces and the outdoors. Guests can enjoy fine Chilean wines beneath the warm sun, serene moon, and brilliant constellations of the Southern Hemisphere.

Puro Vik houses feature a free-standing glass closet, museum-quality design furnishings, and wide-planked hardwood floors that continue from the bedroom to the terrace.

Each bathroom is unique, with marble curated from around the world. Handmade Japanese washi paper, set inside glass walls, creates elegant separation between the bedroom and bath.

Forward-Thinking Design & Art

The roof of each house is covered with wild grasses or solar panels, depending individual sun exposure and orientation.

In keeping with the Vik Retreat philosophy, avant-garde art and design play an integral role in Puro Vik experience.

Each Puro Vik house has a unique personality and theme, among them:

  • Artifacts and Antiquities
  • Pop Art
  • Japan with Utagawa Hiroshige
  • The Art of Glass with Dale Chihuly
  • 18th-century France
  • Holographic Art
  • Bohemian Design
  • Neon and Light
  • Site-Specific Art Installations
  • La Piu Belle (An Homage to the Most Recent Viña VIK Wine)

Fine Dining

Guests of Puro Vik enjoy flavorful Chilean cuisine and fine wines at the Milla Milla and Pavilion restaurants, with views of the vineyards.

Our rates include:

  • Buffet breakfast
  • Lunch with soft drinks and a glass of La Piú Belle wine per person (wine for adults only)
  • Afternoon tea
  • Dinner with soft drinks and a glass of Milla Cala wine plus two glasses of VIK wine per person (for adults – for children wine is not included)
  • Mini-bar with mineral water during the stay
Millahue Vineyard, Chile at Harvest time with yellow green and orange leaves

Leisure Activities

Guests at Puro Vik have access to the amenities at the neighboring, hilltop Vik Chile lodge:

  • Swimming pool and sundeck
  • Fitness center
  • Game room
  • Restaurant
  • Spa

A winery tour and tasting is also included, as are horseback rides, mountain biking, a picnic experience, birding, stargazing, and even paintball. Yoga and cooking classes are also available.

Puro Vik Helicopter Charters

Puro Vik is accessible via the Santiago airport, serviced daily from international airports around the world.

The property is a 2.5 drive from the airport.

Helicopter charters (private, one hour) can be arranged.

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LANDED delivers the finest in custom, private travel to Central America, South America, and Antarctica. These regions are our passion; we know them first-hand and by heart. Speak with one of our expert travel planners today at 801.582.2100. We’ll create the most exceptional trip of your life.

Hacienda Zuleta

Hacienda Zuleta: The Best in South America?

Hacienda Zuleta is the family estate of the Plaza Lasso family, whose family line includes two revered presidents of Ecuador.

The eight-square-mile working ranch is nestled in a fertile Andean valley, surrounded by pine and eucalyptus groves.

This area was home to the Caranquis civilization from 800 to 1400AD—more than 130 mounds and step pyramids have been found on hacienda’s lands.

Rich History and World-Class-Hospitality

The Jesuits constructed the courtyard and principal buildings in 1691. Since 1898, the Plaza Lasso family has made the hacienda home.

Today, Fernando Polanco Plaza often personally receives guests.

“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.”

Helen Keller

Hacienda Zueleta produces timber, quinoa, barley, vegetables, herbs, trout, lamb, and fine cheeses.

Their stables house more than 100 horses, including the gentle Zulateno breed—a mix of Andalusian, thoroughbred, and quarter horse.

Row of horses in front of a stable at Hacienda Zuleta, ready for horseback riding tour of the property in Ecuador

Wildlife Watching, Birding, Hiking, and Bike Tours

The hacienda’s hills and forests are home to Andean condors, spectacled bears, pumas, and other endangered wildlife.

These animals are protected here; a condor rehabilitation and breeding program is operated on site. Guests can enjoy riding, hiking, and biking on the hacienda’s trails.

Cultural visits to nearby communities and workshops, waterfall hikes, and visits to crater lakes are also possible.

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Hacienda Zuleta Guestrooms

The hacienda house consists of family-style dining room, living room, lounge, fireplaces, kitchens, a presidential library, and 17 guestrooms including:

  • (4) Hacienda Junior Suites —322 square feet, king bed, fireplace, cupboard, two luggage racks. All have private bathrooms with bathtub.
  • (9) Hacienda Deluxe Rooms—215 square feet, king or queen bed, fireplace, cupboard, luggage rack. All have private bathrooms with bathtub.
  • (4) Hacienda Standard Rooms —129 to 161 square feet, queen bed or two twins, fireplace, cupboard, luggage rack. All have private bathrooms with bathtub.

Nearby, you’ll find a chapel, stables, organic garden, and a shop featuring local embroidery.

Lush green hills surrounding Hacienda Zuleta, luxury ranch in Ecuador

Farm-to-Table Dining Family-Style

Food is a highlight at Hacienda Zuleta, with farm-to-table meals served family style.

In-room amenities include fireplaces, hot water bottles, turn-down service, bathtubs, bathrobes, slippers, hairdryer, security box.

Air conditioning is not available (or necessary) here.

Group of guests at Private Ranch Hacienda Zuleta in Ecuador on a horseback tour through the mountains

Hacienda Zuleta by the Numbers

Hacienda Zuleta encompasses 8 square miles of countryside. Most of the land is used for mixed use agriculture—only 10% is reserved for tourism.

This is a working ranch. Hacienda Zuleta is home to 300 cows, 3000 sheep, over 100 horses, a trout farm, potatoes, quinoa, barley, wheat, pine, cypress, and a cheese factory (14 kinds).

This hacienda produces 6000 liters of milk every day. They also produce cream, trout, wool, lamb, horses, wood, and earthworms.

Rich South American History

This area was home to the Caranquis (800-1400AD; 1260 approximately), a pre-Inca civilization. There are 130 pre-Columbian mounds/step pyramids on the Hacienda Zuleta land.

The Cañari war with the Incas was fought on this ground in 1534. Hacienda Zulesta’s courtyard dates to the Jesuits Era, 1691.

The ranch has been owned by private families since 1713 (the Plaza family since 1898).

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Are you thinking about a stay at Hacienda Zuleta? LANDED provides personalized, custom travel within Central America, South America, and the Antarctic. We’ll create a unique itinerary plan tailored to your interests and dreams. Experience the trip of a lifetime. Speak with one of our expert travel planners today at 801.582.2100.

Nomads of the Seas

Atmosphere Motor Yacht

Established in 2006, Nomads of the Seas offers luxury adventure cruises along Chile’s lush Patagonian Coast.

The company’s flagship is Atmosphere, an elegant 150-foot motor yacht with only 14 guest cabins (maximum of 28 passengers).

“I see my path, but I don’t know where it leads. Not knowing where I’m going is what inspires me to travel it.”

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Guests are supported by a staff of 32 crew members, including:

  • Expert Fishing and Skiing Guides
  • Helicopter and Jet Boat Pilots
  • A Top-Notch Culinary Team

Voyages include meals, open bar, onboard activities (sauna, lectures, wine tasting, thalassotherapy) and guided adventure outings.

Limitless Active Adventure

Passengers can choose from a wide variety of leisure activities including:

  •  River and Sea Kayaking
  • Whale and Dolphin Watching
  • Whitewater Rafting
  • Horseback Riding
  • Jet Boating
  • Aerial Sightseeing
  • Hiking (Including Helicopter Airlifts)

Atmosphere is equipped with two Bell 407 helicopters, zodiacs, drift boats and an assortment of other watercraft. Wine tastings, picnics, and beach barbecues can also be arranged.

Custom Patagonian Yacht Charters

Each day aboard Atmosphere is unique.

Daily tour offerings are defined 12 to 24 hours in advance so that fishing and wildlife expeditions can adapt to climatic conditions and the location of animal populations.

Each voyage is tailored to provide the best scenery and excursion options.

Available Programs

Most programs are eight days and seven nights, with Saturday departure and return.

Wildlife adventure and fly-fishing programs (Chinook salmon, as well as rainbow, brown, brook, steelhead and sea run brown trout) are available throughout the year.

Heli-skiing trips are offered from mid-September through November.

Nomads of the Seas cruises begin and end in Puerto Montt, the primary port of the Chilean Lake District. Direct flights connect Puerto Montt with Santiago daily (one hour and 40 minutes).

Weather on the Patagonian coast is cool and crisp year-round. The warmer, drier months of September to April bring highs in the 60s and lows in the 40s.

During the cooler months of June through August, high temperatures average 50º F, lows hover near 40º F, and monthly precipitation rarely exceeds 6.5 inches.

LANDED arranges personalized travel in Chile and throughout South America. We organize yacht charters, helicopter tours, luxury accommodation, private transportation, and tours with expert guides. Speak with a travel planner today at 801.582.2100. We’ll take care of the details.