As part of our 2 week trip in Ecuador, we spent our first week on a land tour winding our way down from Quito to Guayaquil. We spent a night in quito, one night in hacienda pinsaqui, and stopped here during our Cotopaxi excursions for two nights.
Upon arrival we were greeted with a tour of the facilities and shown to a sitting room while they finished cleaning and preparing our room. We stayed in the mulalo suite with 3 separate fireplaces and a bathroom larger than most NYC bedrooms (with a fireplace in the bathroom!). Beyond being comfortable and luxurious, it was really the personal touches to this place that made our stay - family photos, hand carved trinkets, beautiful books, candles (in case of the occasional blackout), hot water bottles, and huge bouquets of fresh flowers.
Being one of the younger couples there who didn't converse in fluent spanish (my other half does, but not me) - it was an interesting experience sharing a table with others. Service was impeccable and the food was excellent. The kitchen was accommodating, packing us lunches for our day trips, and giving us free bottles of water. If you consider that for the price it's included, this actually turns out to be quite a value.
We spend most of our days touring the region, so we didn't take advantage of the horseback riding or the tour of the rose plantation but we did spend time walking around the grounds. We have traveled to many different places in the world, and this one will remain one of our most memorable stays. Details do matter and there's clearly a lot of attention to detail paid throughout the property.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Since the 15th century San Agustin de Callo has served as an Inca fortress and palace and Augustinian monastery and was also temporary home of the French Geodesic Mission (1742) whose scientific work helped change the shape of the planet. Other famous visitors include the brilliant German scientist and explorer Alexander von Humboldt and English mountain climber Edward Whymper. In 1912 the Hacienda was purchased by General Leonidas Plaza Gutierrez, leader of the liberal Revolution and two-time President of Ecuador.With only eleven rooms, it is one of the most romantic spots for honeymoons and other special occasions. San Agustin de Callo constitutes the only lived in museum of Inca Imperial and Spanish Colonial style. Surrounded by the smoke-blackened Inca walls of the dining room, one can marvel at the infinite precision of the stonemasonry, a monument to the unrivalled craftsmanship of the Incas, and admire the stunning view of Cotopaxi, the highest active volcano in the world.The peaceful atmosphere and magical landscape combine to make San Agustin a sanctuary of inspiration for artists and lovers of nature and a restful haven for weary travelers ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hacienda San Agustin De Callo Hotel Lasso
- Hacienda San Agustin De Callo Ecuador/Lasso, Cotopaxi