Residents Magazine NY

Just over an hour south of Quito, Ecuador at the foothill of the grand Andes lies the legendary estate, Hacienda San Agustin de Callo, which beams with history, charm and natural beauty. Built on the site of a 15th-century Inca fortress, this boutique hotel is strikingly situated in the foothills of Ecuador’s Cotopaxi volcano and sets the stage to experience idyllic country life while also offering exciting adventure and cultural exploration with an unrivaled glimpse into Ecuador’s rich and colorful past. From discovering the famed Cotopaxi National Park to shopping for artisan treasures in the surrounding Andean villages, Hacienda San Agustin de Callo transports you to a tranquil and magical moment in time.

In addition to its natural grandeur and stunning views, the unique family-run Hacienda de San Agustin also proudly boasts a fascinating history. Since its construction, it has served as an Inca fortress, an Augustinian convent, and a temporary home for the French Geodesic mission. The current owner, Mignon Plaza, inherited the property from her grandfather, Leonidas Plaza, two-time president of Ecuador and continues to carry on the spirit and warmth of family which is evidenced by the design and atmosphere of this special hotel. Today, relics of the past still remain, including two meticulously carved volcanic stone walls of the dining room and chapel which have impressively survived from the 17th century - truly regarded as living pieces of history. A significant part of the Incan walls have been preserved and are carefully combined with the more recent architecture.

The building’s historical importance continues to attract international archaeologists interested in revealing more secrets of its past.

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