Hacienda La Ciénega Travel Guide

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  • Passageways

    The main buildings surrounded the main courtyard.But what was so nice that there were interior passageways all around this courtyard. These passageways had plenty of big windows, so the view on the interior garden was marvellous.Also these gangways were filled with old furniture and antique. Via these gangways you could go to the meeting rooms, the...

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  • Passageways

    The main buildings surrounded the main courtyard.But what was so nice that there was an interior passageway all around this courtyard. This passageway had plenty of big windows, so the view on the interior garden was marvellous.Also these gangways were filled with old furniture and antique. Via these gangways you could go to the meeting rooms, the...

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  • Another Courtyard

    Beside the big, main Courtyard, there was another, a smaller courtyard. Also the buildings which surrounded this courtyard were smaller. I think this were the rooms for the servants, the staff.Now al these rooms were changed in rooms for the guests.Some of our group had a room in the main part of the Hacienda, with big rooms with big ceilings.I had...

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  • Great History

    This Hacienda dates from 1695. It is one of the oldest colonial haciendas of Ecuador.Many important people stayed here. This hacienda was very loved by many scientists who came to Ecuador. One of the most important is Alexander Von Humboldt, a German scientist who studied Cotopaxi's volcanic activity as well as the plants. The Von Humboldt suite...

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  • Chapel

    It was great to walk around and to discover the inner courtyard. This hacienda has a great historical background. There was even a Chapel in this courtyard.The interior was completely white (same as the outside), and the decorations were sober.

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  • The main Courtyard

    I wanted to see the main courtyard from a higher level, in order to make a picture and get a better view.So I did search for the stairs, to go to the upper floor. Finally I did find these stairs, but there was a sign that it was forbidden to go up, it was only allowed for the guests which had their rooms there.I believe the better rooms and suites...

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  • Cuy (Guinea Pig)

    I did read in my travel guide book that Guinea Pig (Cuy) is a speciality in Ecuador.So I wanted to try eating it and it tasted great, a bit like rabbit but sweeter.Later on I told this at my doctor, and he told me that also had Guinea Pigs. Of course not to eat. He kept them in the same cages as his rabbits.He told me that a Guinea pig calls when...

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  • Eating Guinea Pig

    As I walked around the hacienda, I discovered some small cages in the rear of the garden.In the cages there were several Guinea pigs.You should know that in Ecuador Guinea pigs are a delicacy.I tried Guinea pig, (named Cuy in Ecuador) in Banos (see my Banos page).I can not remember if these Guinea pigs were on the menu in the restaurant, maybe...

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  • Eating in a Hacienda

    We had dinner in the main dining room. The menu was kind of international, of course as this a better place, the prices are higher then elsewhere.

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Hacienda La Ciénega Off The Beaten Path

  • Cotopaxi

    Cotopaxi is located very close to La Cienega making this an excellent base for exploring the famous Andean peak and the national park named after it. French scientists studying Cotopaxi in the 18th century came to La Cienega after the volcano's destructive eruption forced them to move farther away from its fury.

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  • Quilotoa Loop

    La Cienega is an ideal base of exploration for the beautiful region knows as the Quilotoa Loop. The other small towns along the pathway of the loop do not have this type of quality accommodation choices, so if you'd like to be in a picturesque setting that still offers modern amenities and is well situated to see the sights along the loop, then...

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  • The grounds

    When you pass through the lobby and enter into the rear courtyard, you are entering into a very tranquil spot, with nice plants and flowers and a fountain in the center. There is even a small chapel off to the side. The whole thing works because it's beautiful without being overly manicured and well-tended. The paint is chipping in places and the...

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  • The entrance of the Hacienda

    We travelled with our own bus. Coming from Maquipucuna we travelled to the South.In Lasso we stopped to sleep in an old Hacienda.We were very impressed when our bus turned left from the main road in order to drive to the Hacienda. The entrance was along long lane with two rows of trees on both sides and at the end we could see a glimpse of the old...

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