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Hacienda Pinsaqui

Otavalo, Ecuador

In the heart of Ecuador's lake district, Hacienda Pinsaquí welcomes guests seeking a gracious experience of a historic era, amidst some of the country's most dramatic Andean scenery. Just under two hours' drive from Quito, Pinsaquí is ideally situated on a lushly landscaped private estate at the base of Imbabura Volcano, near the world-famous Otavalo Market. Stately white gates mark the entrance to the hacienda, which is set among swishing palms, subtropical gardens and cobblestone courtyards. Built in 1790, Hacienda Pinsaqui housed many illustrious guests during its 19th-century heyday including Venezuelan general Simon Bolivar, who led the quest for liberation from Spain throughout northern South America. Today, this former colonial textile enterprise that once employed a thousand weavers and spinners is one of Ecuador’s loveliest inns, replete with historic ambience. Thirty well-appointed suites have individual fireplaces for added atmosphere. The excellent restaurant features fine international and Ecuadorian cuisine, and the Terrace snack bar offers views over the 200-year-old gardens with ponds, palms, walkways and roaming llamas.