One and a quarter hours from Quito, capital of Ecuador, stands the beautiful colonial Hacienda of San Agustín de Callo. Built on the site of an Inca palace, one of the two most important archaeological Inca sites in Ecuador, and the point furthest north from Cuzco of Imperial style construction, this working farm offers an unrivalled glimpse into Ecuador's rich and colourful past. The varied and influential inhabitants of San Agustín de Callo have contributed to the unique blend of architecture which creates the individual character of the house. In the main courtyard it is possible to see three distinct styles, Inca (Imperial style – 15th century, construction style which the Incas used for their temples and palaces), Spanish Colonial (18th century) and Republican (19th century). San Agustin de Callo constitutes the only lived in museum of Inca Imperial and Spanish Colonial style.
All guest rooms are double rooms and provide king size beds, en-suite bathrooms with fireplaces throughout, music and cable TV. Inca vestiges can be admired in some of the rooms.
Hacienda San Agustin de Callo Inca House luxury suites have a great view of Cotopaxi and the warmth of the fireplace invite you to enjoy and relax in a family house.
Authentic high Andean dishes include llapingachos (a type of potato cake), quinoa croquets, maize patties, tamales (steamed corn maize stuffed with seasoned chicken, egg, chillies, olives, wrapped in achira leaves). Soups such as quinoa, timbushca, barely rice soup and the hacienda's famous “locro”, a rich cheese and potato soup served with slices of ripe avocado, and freshly prepared aji, are just a few of the Andean dishes offered.
The hacienda is surrounded by páramo (highlands) and is ideal for walking. You will have the chance to see unusual páramo plants and Andean animals. A rose plantation is only a short walk away from the house. Ecuadorian roses are considered the most beautiful in the world.
One of the favorite horse rides takes you towards the Cotopaxi through a pine forest to plains just below the volcano with magnificent views of the surrounding mountains with the chance to visit Andean towns and villages using old Inca paths.