This mansion is one of Ecuador’s oldest colonial haciendas, with it having been the site of important events in the scientific and social history of the country. Among the important celebrities who have stayed at Hacienda La Cienega is Charles Marie de la Condamine, a French scientist who participated in the Geodesic Mission (1736-44) that determined the true shape of the earth and laid the path towards the development of a universal system of measure: the meter. Another guest was Alexander Von Humboldt, the German naturalist who studied Cotopaxi’s volcanic activity (1802) as well as its unique alpine flora.
In 1982 the mansion was converted into a hotel and opened its doors to the public. Hacienda La Cienega offers visitors the unique experience of staying within its two-meter thick volcanic-stone walls, which stand as silent witnesses to the history of the people and the poetry of an era. The hotel is surrounded by the breathtaking natural beauty of the landscape and rich folklore of Ecuador’s indigenous peoples. La Cienega is an unforgettable souvenir of your visit to the Andes.
Hacienda La Cienega is situated about 75 km (45 miles) south of Quito near the Cotopaxi Volcano and its surrounding national park.
The hacienda has 28 standard guest rooms, 2 junior suites, and 2 deluxe suites with private bathrooms, hot running water, telephone and heater. Most of the rooms have fireplaces to warm guests up after a cool day in the Cotopaxi National Park.
Services & Facilities:
Among the facilities offered by the hacienda are a restaurant serving fine national and international cuisine, a bar, two seminar rooms, a chapel (used especially for weddings), a reading room, sports facilities, beautiful gardens, and 400-year-old grounds with ponds.
On the grounds, opportunities exist for horseback riding, mountain biking and hiking.
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