Situated on the site of an Inca fortress at the base of the active Cotapaxi volcano, Hacienda San Agustin de Callo is a working farm built in a unique architectural style that reflects its 15th century origin. Its illustrious history sees the hacienda having served as a former Inca fortress, an Augustinian convent and the temporary lodging for the French Geodesic Mission.
Today it offers six suites and five classic rooms that are spread between three unique houses, each attractively appointed with beamed ceilings, hardwood flooring and working fireplaces, and brightened with bold splashes of colour and hand-painted murals. For special occasions, it is possible to horseback ride further in to the Andes for a remote champagne picnic.
Why we like Hacienda San Agustin de Callo
Built on the site of an Inca palace, the hacienda is little-known but also one of the two most important archaeological Inca sites in Ecuador. The dining room is a particularly special place -constructed by the Incas, its walls are faultlessly carved from volcanic stone.
Finding yourself nestled amongst the Andes, the longest mountain chain in the world, it is unsurprising that there are a plethora of natural wonders just waiting to be discovered. Hike down to the stunning Quilotoa Crater Lake, bathe in the Ilinizas Hot Springs, visit a local market, tour a rose plantation or embark on downhill mountain biking over volcanic rock.
Try your hand at horseback riding, traversing old Inca paths and navigating through pine forests to reach authentic Andean towns or catch a closer glimpse of the Cotopaxi volcano.
- Restaurant and Inca-carved dining room
- Important archaeological Inca sites
- Roaming llamas and herd of horses on-site
A little over one hour south out of colonial Quito on the Pan-American Highway, Hacienda San Agustin de Callo sits in the shadow of the world’s highest active volcano Cotopaxi.