Cotopaxi

Hacienda San Agustín de Callo

Overview

Journey back in time

Hacienda San Agustín de Callo is a historic hotel located in the heart of Ecuador's Andean highlands. The property is tucked away in a valley between the Cotopaxi and Tungurahua volcanoes.

The hacienda's history dates back to the 15th century when it served as an Inca palace. Later, the property was acquired by the Spanish conquistadors who built a colonial-style mansion on top of the Inca ruins. Today, the hacienda retains much of its original architecture and is considered a national treasure by the Ecuadorian government.

Today, San Agustín is a boutique hotel that offers guests an immersive glimpse into Ecuador's rich history and culture. The rooms are spacious and furnished with timeless antiques. Most rooms have a fireplace to keep you warm on chilly Andean nights. The restaurant serves traditional Ecuadorian dishes using locally sourced ingredients.

A fine feature of the hacienda is its Inca chapel, which has been preserved and is still used for religious services. The chapel's walls are adorned with intricate murals depicting scenes from the Inca empire, providing a fascinating account of the region's pre-Columbian history.

San Agustín de Callo has eleven bedrooms. Each bedroom is uniquely designed and furnished to reflect the rich history and culture of the Andean region. Some of the rooms are located in the main building, which is a restored Inca fortress, while others are in the newer annex building.

Facts

At a glance

  • 11 rooms

  • Pre-Columbian history

  • Easy access to the Cotopaxi National Park

  • Working Farm

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Experiences

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    Quilotoa Lake

    Enjoy a full-day visit to Quilotoa crater lake in the most western volcano in the Ecuadorian Andes. The 3-kilometre (2 miles)-wide caldera was formed by the collapse of this volcano after a catastrophic eruption about 800 years ago. The lake has a stunning greenish colour due to dissolved minerals. Once you arrive at the crater lake, you can hike around the rim or, if you are physically fit, hike down to the lake edge, descending about 2400ft. Return to the top by mule on very steep and sandy trails.

  • Hacienda San Agustín de Callo horse

    Horse Riding

    Ride along Inca paths and explore Andean towns, pine forests and grassy plains in the foothills of volcanoes.

  • Hacienda San Agustín de Callo bike

    Mountain Biking

    Use the haciendas excellent bikes to take a thrilling downhill cycle from the Cotopaxi refuge at 4,800 metres above sea level. Back at the farm, other paths lead to rose plantations, virgin forest and ancient lava flows.

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