This is how it happened...
On the eve of my 37th birthday I decided to leave city life, where I’d spent most of my days, in search of a setting that would soothe my spirit. It was the middle of the summer and I was deep in the heart of the ocean sailing from Stockholm to Helsinki. A temporary retreat from the hustle and bustle of these two big cities. It was very late when the sun finally set. And even though the vast night’s sky was mostly dark, a delicate strip of light remained, dancing along the northern horizon. I sat at the stern of the boat witnessing this amazing display of nature when a realisation hit with the force of a storm—I had to leave the city. It was a mind-blowing, life-changing moment.The call to leave the noise, pollution and traffic was fierce and not something I could ignore.
The desire to grow my own healthy food, breathe fresh air and erase my carbon footprint grew as I spent the next two years researching how to make my dream a reality. I decided that a sustainable, hippie-chic B&B, somewhere lush and green, would be the spot for my dream to unfurl.
Next came scouting for the perfect location, and I spent every weekend driving along remote mountain roads in Ecuador. Until one day I came across an ad in a newspaper that read, “1 beautiful wooden house by a river, 2 acres of land near the Cloud Forest of Ecuador.”
The next morning, with urgency and focus, I drove through the spines and peaks of the Andes to discover one of the most amazing landscapes I had ever seen. As I descended the slopes of Cotacachi into the Valley of the Intag, the vegetation grew greener and lusher with each turn until I thought it was impossible for it to get any more green and lush—and yet it did!
Even before I arrived at the house, I knew I had found a very special place. I pulled up and the moment I got out of the car, the roar of the Intag River had me hooked.
This was IT!
Since that day, I’ve poured all my time, ideas and plenty of love into Pacheco, and now, our hippie-chic B&B with room for up to 17 guests is open and thriving.
The stone-built house has been fully renovated with locally-sourced wood and bamboo and the remaining original furniture has been re-purposed and re-used.
Pacheco is the perfect haven to curl up with a good book and enjoy much deserved peace, quiet.
The hearth of Pacheco is our kitchen and communal dining table, where each and every day gourmet meals are hand-made with nutritious ingredients, delightful flavors and, served in an inspired and joyful atmosphere.