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luxurious estate in gated community

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This riverfront Equestrian Estate was meticulously built in 2010 on 12± pristine acres with an extraordinary setting and breathtaking views of the Andes Mountains


Main House

The luxurious 8,300± Square Foot Main Residence includes six (6) bedrooms and seven (7) bathrooms. The large second floor master suite features a sitting area, exposed-beam wood ceilings, and separate his / hers marble bathrooms and walk-in closets. This spectacular home also features a stone walled wine cellar, formal dining room, gym, massage / spa room, granite and marble counter-tops throughout, an extraordinary fireplace with a natural stone-wall backing, exposed beam wood ceilings and trusses, and over-sized picture windows.


The large chef’s kitchen, with a cross-pattern wood-beam ceiling, has custom cabinetry with granite surfaces, high end appliances, and a butler’s pantry.  Wraparound balconies provide for spectacular views of the estate and the magnificent Andes Mountains. In the great room one marvels at a beautiful horse scene mural painted by the famous Ecuadorian Artist Wilson Abad. All of the estates structures are solidly built with brick walls covered with plaster and stucco, steel and concrete beams, and curved tile roofing. A custom built outdoor brick-oven and covered structure is located between the main and guest house.


Guest House

The beautiful 1,500± square foot Guest House has two bedrooms and two luxurious bathrooms, loft for additional sleeping, kitchen with custom cabinetry and granite surfaces, open skylights, pantry, and laundry room. Additional features include a great room with two large original horse-scene murals, ceramic and hardwood floors and exposed-beam wood ceilings.



 A separate Three (3) Car Garage with ceramic flooring, custom windows and doors, exposed beam wood ceilings, a large attached garden/work/storage room, attractive pavers in the large garage courtyard, and a two-tiered flower garden in the center of the courtyard. The garage, main house and guest house are connected by beautiful covered walkways with tile and exposed-beam wood ceilings.


Lap Pool

A beautiful indoor sky-lit solar-heated two-lane Lap Pool which is thirteen feet wide by fifty-two feet long, and accompanying large Jacuzzi, are in a separate building adjacent to the main house.



The 31,000± square foot Gardens feature three tilapia ponds, a plant nursery building, organic vegetables, flowers, and mature fruit trees which include banana, mango, papaya, and avocado.  A 28,900± square foot Orchard is planted with approximately 50 citrus trees including orange, tangerine, lemon, and lime. There is also an additional 23,760± square foot open area that would be perfect to expand the orchard or gardens.  An irrigation canal provides unlimited irrigation water for all of the property's gardens. Excellent drinking water is available from the property's private well in addition to that provided by the development.


Equestrian Building

 A 4,300± square foot Equestrian Building with 10 spacious stalls, a tack room, riding equipment for all 18 Peruvian horses, bathroom, kitchen, maintenance room, food processing stall, and social gathering gazebo.


There are also three large fenced paddocks with horse feeding stations that encompass approximately eight acres


Clay Tennis Court and Three-Court Volleyball Stadium

The world-class Clay Tennis Court and Three-Court Volleyball Stadium is surrounded by beautiful stone walls and has flower gardens in each corner. The stadium seats 250 people and is easily the finest in all of Ecuador.


Area Overview


Hacienda San Joaquin Master Development

Hacienda San Joaquin consists of beautiful riverfront and hillside home sites. This very private, gated, deed-restricted, tranquil paradise offers spectacular views of the Andes Mountains and Vilcabamba River. There is also a world-class Equestrian and Hiking Center, a River Park, Sales/Management Office, and Carpenter’s Shop. All utilities including High-Speed Internet and remarkable hiking and horse trails exist on the self-contained 663± acre, 5,000± foot elevation property. A large portion of the land will remain in its natural state. The initial development phase has been sold out. The existing Hotel, Multifamily and 26 Single Family sites will be part of the future development.



Vilcabamba is located in the southernmost province of Ecuador in Loja 27 miles south of the City of Loja. Loja is an easy 50-minute plane ride from Quito, Ecuador’s capitol. The picturesque valley of Vilcabamba is situated approximately 1500 meters (5000 feet) above sea level in the majestic Andes Mountains. Being in the center of the world, it maintains a spring-like temperature of 18° to 28° Celsius (65° to 82° F) year-round.


One of the most beautiful places in the world, Vilcabamba’s greatest assets are its beauty, peace and tranquility, warm and friendly people, pure air, wholesome foods, and extraordinary climate. It is a magnificent place to live, retire, have a vacation home, or investment property. Vilcabamba attracts people from all over the world. Known as the “Sacred Valley”, Vilcabamba has been variously called "The Land of Eternal Youth” and the “Valley of Longevity”. Fruits and vegetables are grown year round and there is abundant mineral-rich water. The negative ion count, that gives a sense of tranquility, is off the charts. The residents of Vilcabamba are a warm and welcoming people.



Loja is one of the most appealing cities for many travelers to Ecuador and is a welcome jaunt off the familiar tourist trail. The Province of Loja offers a unique combination of paramo, cloud forest, and jungle. Moreover, Loja’s capital city of the same name and the area’s natural wonders remain unsullied and largely undiscovered by travelers because they are tucked away in the southern most portion of the country. Travelers willing to make the trip can look forward to breathtaking vistas, indigenous markets, an amazing National Park, colonial architecture, and unparalleled hospitality.


Located in the Cuxibamba Valley, Loja is surrounded by lush, green mountains that cascade down into beautiful valleys with rushing rivers. Established in 1548, Loja is one of the oldest cities in Ecuador.  Its town squares are full of statues, frescoes, and other remnants of its colonial past.  Original structures, with their arched doorways and wide balconies, stand adjacent to similar new construction designed to complement the city’s historic architecture. This harmony of old and new is something that Loja intentionally aimed for and achieved beautifully.


Loja established itself as one of Ecuador’s most forward-thinking cities when it became the first to make use of electricity, as early as 1897.  It has continued this trend of well-planned modernization and industrialization, while still maintaining its historic charm. Visitors to Loja can tour centuries-old churches like the Fatima and Santo Domingo. They also have access to conveniences often found only in much larger cities, including several universities, shopping centers, and hospitals.  Its technology is up to par, and its nightlife rivals some of the country’s liveliest destinations with its restaurants, bars, and other happening hotspots. The city has also thrived financially as a result of its carefully planned economic development.  It has also been internationally recognized for its efforts to protect its environment and natural resources.

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Nestled under the watchful eye of its mythical mountain protector Mandango, lies world famous Vilcabamba.  Located just 45 minutes outside of Loja, with its idyllic climate, stunning natural beauty and mix of pueblo culture and global influence, Vilcabamba offers one of the most unique experiences in the world. Read More >

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