Hacienda San Agustín de CalloCotopaxi, Ecuador
About two hours’ drive south of Quito, close to the magnificent Cotopaxi Volcano, Hacienda San Agustín de Callo stands as a living history lesson. Built on the site of an Inca palace, the mix of historic architectural styles around the central courtyard offers an unrivaled glimpse into Ecuador’s rich and colorful past.
Since the 15th century, San Agustin de Callo has served as an Inca fortress, an Augustinian convent, and a temporary home for the French Geodesic Mission. Most impressive are the two perfectly preserved Inca buildings, which have survived unscathed and are still in use as, respectively, the dining room and the chapel.
The eleven guest rooms and en-suite bathrooms are all different and furnished with antique and rustic furniture, providing provide charming and comfortable accommodation. We love the hand-painted walls, which add a very personal and unique touch. The delightful drawing room has large windows with stunning views of the mountains, while the crackling fire offers a cozy atmosphere. This was highlighted in an article in Vanity Fair on Travel called ‘The New Face of Ecuador’.
Country pursuits such as horseback riding, trekking, mountain biking and trout fishing are available, while unexpected visits from the hacienda’s friendly llamas provides fun for all ages. The hacienda’s location within the Avenue of the Volcanoes, its extraordinary blend of architectural styles, and its archaeological value contribute to make of San Agustin a unique and special place to stay.