Vanity Fair London

The next day, I drove south out of town on the Pan- American Highway through Ecuador’s central valley, the snow-capped volcano cones of Pichincha, Rumiñahui, Cotopaxi and Chimborazo rearing up to left and right.

In the shadow of mount Cotopaxi, at 5,897m the world’s highest active volcano, stands the Hacienda San Agustín de Callo, founded as an Augustine convent in the 16th century on the site of an Inca fortress. This rambling country estate was bought in 1921 by the Plaza family, an important Ecuadorean dynasty that produced two presidents of the country: Leónidas

Plaza and his son Galo Plaza Lasso. The current châtelaine of San Agustín de Callo is Mignon Plaza, granddaughter of Leónidas, a woman of winning charm and formidable energy. Wearing fluffy slippers and a woollen coat—it can get chilly at 3,100m above sea level—Mignon showed

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