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The grasslands of the Ecuadorian high sierra once attracted land-loving colonial Spaniards, who built large haciendas in order to manage their widespread ranches and farms. Few of these haciendas remain today, but many that do are open to the public for day tours and overnight stays. Climb Cotopaxi, spot lively hummingbirds and horseback ride along Andean mountain trails while staying in one of these beautiful haciendas in Ecuador, bookable on Culture Trip.
First, an Inca fortress, then an Augustinian monastery, now a hotel, Hacienda San Agustín de Callo has lived many lives. There are three buildings housing a diverse variety of charming rooms and suites, all furnished with king-size beds, although only the Inca House displays the distinctive Inca architecture. The two restaurants bring together Ecuadorian and Mediterranean cuisine. Work meals off by hiking the Quilotoa Crater Lake; those after a tamer experience can soak up the atmosphere in the rose garden.
This is an updated version of an article originally written by Angela Drake.