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Just over an hour from the capital Quito, the Hacienda San Agustin de Callo is built on one of the two most significant Inca sites in Ecuador.
Since Inca times, the buildings have been an Augustinian convent and then home to a French Geodesic Mission, and as a result, the Hacienda incorporates very distinct architectural styles - Inca, Spanish colonial and 20th Century Republican.
There are just eleven spacious rooms and suites in various different houses on the property. The luxury suites in particular have cosy fireplaces and great views of Cotopaxi volcano.
The restaurant serves authentic Andean dishes including llapingachos, a type of potato cake, and locro, a rich cheese and potato soup served with slices of ripe avocado.
Activities on offer include trekking in Cotopaxi National Park, and mountain biking on the slopes of the volcano itself. Guests can also go riding (with a picnic) in Ilinizas Ecological Reserve, visit the crater lake of Quilotoa passing through the artists' village of Tigua and the local market of Pujili, or drive to Chimborazo National Park to see wild vicuñas in their natural habitat.
In 1921 the Hacienda was purchased by General Leonidas Plaza Gutierrez, leader of the Liberal Revolution, who went on to become President of Ecuador in 1901 and again in 1912. The Hacienda remains in the family to this day and is currently owned by the General's granddaughter Mignon Plaza.
Ollie, Original Traveller