Sustainable Mountaintop Retreat in Ecuador
IMBABURA - ECUADOR
- Full Bathrooms
- Half Bathrooms
- 10,178.20 Sq Ft.
- 261,661 Sq. Ft (6 Acres)
ABOUT THE PROPERTY
The property, currently known as SachaJi , Beloved Mountain, is located in the Andes mountains in northern Ecuador, just over an hour’s drive from the capital Quito and its international airport. There are several direct flights from the USA to Quito from main cities such as Miami (3 hours 40 minutes non-stop).
Ecuador is well known for having several UNESCO World Heritage Sites including the Galapagos Islands (600 miles west of the mainland on the Pacific Ocean are 19 volcanic islands and a marine reserve which is a ‘living museum of evolution’), Quito’s Historic Center (built on the ruins of an Inca city, one of the best preserved colonial cities in Latin America) and a recent addition by UNESCO to the Global Geoparks of the World is the province of Imbabura , where the property is located.
In the central-southern part of the province, are the towns of Cotacachi and Otavalo surrounded by scattered indigenous communities, fields of native andean plantations and historic spanish haciendas. These areas have a history of being an important tourist attraction because of their close location to the capital city, the impressive landscape and rich indigenous cultures known worldwide for their textile markets, festivals, music and warmth. Imbabura province has also become a popular choice for US Citizen’s retirement because of its tranquility, quality of life, beauty and perfect temperate climate.
20 minutes south of Otavalo town, along the Avenue of the Volcanoes and overlooking San Pablo Lake and its village, is Sachaji. Nestled between two volcanoes, the property is almost invisible on the skirts of Cusin, a prehistoric dormant volcano. The architecture is integrated into the sloping landscape through with terraces and green roofs, allowing the natural landscape to be the focus. The curved forms in the architecture look towards the majestic Imbabura volcano and shimmering San Pablo lake, and into the setting sun, bringing warmth into the rooms, and providing a stunning perspective of an uninterrupted 180 degree view.
Built on 6 acres of wooded mountainside, this eco retreat benefits from sustainable design, contemporary architecture made of long lasting local materials, a restored ecosystem and forest, an internal private road, a 1-acre organic orchard and its own water reservoir.
The project can be expanded or adapted to different uses including a family retreat, private getaway, lodge, or residence. Ecuador’s central location in South America makes it an ideal international meeting destination.
Built in 2013 by owner/architect/photographer in homage to the breathtaking landscape, the project offers beauty, functionality and complete harmony with its natural environment.
- Mainly off-grid
- Amenities include yoga studio/meeting room, dining area, living room, hot tub & polar pool, exterior terraces, camping area
- Main house and 3 buildings offering 12 guest rooms with private bathrooms and lake or volcano views
- Possibility to add and adapt more rooms and private suites
- Organic orchard, water reservoir, ecological restoration
- Just over an hour’s drive from Quito International Airport
Unique opportunity to operate a holistic business or enjoy it as a private getaway.
UNESCO IMBABURA GEOPARK
The Imbabura UNESCO Global Geopark is located in the northern inter-Andean region in the Republic of Ecuador. It is known for its great multitude of lakes and magnificent geological formations, such as the Peguche Waterfalls. The highest summit is of this Geopark, the 4,939 metre high Cotacachi Volcano, is located within the Catacachi Cayapas Ecological Reserve.
This area is currently inhabited by different ethnic groups that speak Spanish and the traditional Quechua language. The main activity in the province is agriculture, tourism and commerce. Its production of handicrafts has made its indigenous population, principally those from Otavalo, famous worldwide. The province is also well known for its pan flute music and Cotacachi-Cayapas Ecological Reserve.
Imbabura’s hotel facilities and tourist infrastructure are among the best in the country. Home to countless numbers of lakes and other bodies of water, Imbabura is also a great place for fishing and adventure sports.
Pre-Colombian cultures believe that when a volcano meets a lake, “that is where God is”.
At Sacha Ji, it is impossible to miss the sense of balance and flow of energy around the grounds. While that is due, in part, to the beautiful surroundings and tranquil and supportive atmosphere created by our team, the effect is no accident: the entire property, from the bedrooms to the organic orchard, was designed with feng shui values in mind.
Since 2103 the owner has run a retreat center in the property named My SachaJi Mountain Retreat which has hosted over 50 retreats. Its natural beauty and energy has attracted several world-known teachers such as healer Guru Dev Singh, making it gain a reputation for its one-of-a-kind setting, and the perfect place to gather, contemplate, connect, heal, and build a stronger spiritual foundation.
Own a sacred space in the magical mountains of the Andes.
Named after the equator, which runs through the country and divides there the planet into the Northern Hemisphere and the Southern Hemisphere.
The smallest country in the rugged Andean highlands (roughly the size of Nevada) , Ecuador is among the most rewarding travel destinations in South America. With its array of vibrant indigenous cultures, well preserved colonial architecture, volcanic landscapes and dense rainforest, it packs its perimeters with more points of interest than many countries twice its size. The country has a population of approximately 16.5 million people with Spanish as the official language and the US dollar as the currency.
It is divided into five distinct natural geographic regions, each with its own rich biodiversity: the Galapagos Islands, Pacific Coast, Amazon Rain Forest, Cloud Forest and Andean Highlands.
Ecuador’s Andes Mountains maintain a moderate climate, known as “eternal spring.” Average mountain temperature highs are in the low 70s F while average lows hang around 50 F all year long. These mild temperatures are ideal for active outdoor lovers, gardeners, or those who have a low tolerance for weather extremes.
Ecuador’s second and third largest cities, Quito and Cuenca respectively, are both situated in the high Andes and possess world-class medical care. Specialists of all types can be found and often treatment costs are a mere percentage of what you’d pay in the U.S.
Those interested in alternative medicine will be pleased with what is available as well. Many of the locals still use plant-based remedies for their ailments and they are more than happy to share their wealth of knowledge. Shamans are widely available and purported to be helpful in diagnosing and curing physical, mental, and spiritual ills.
The highlands of Ecuador strike a nice balance between modern comforts and preservation of the past. While many Mestizos inhabit this part of Ecuador there is also a large population of indigenous Quechua peoples who have worked hard to preserve their heritage. Spanish and Quechua are spoken side by side in many communities and native festivals and customs still play a large role in the Andes.
Those are not the only cultures you’re likely to find. International musicians, cuisine, and artwork can all be found throughout Ecuador’s mountain towns. If you’re looking to fill your holidays, getaways or retirement days with symphonies and museums you’ll have no problem in the metropolitan areas, which are always less than an hour flight or even short drive.