DAY 516 - HACIENDA LA CIANEGA
Day 516 - Lasso, Ecuador - 10308 km
I don’t write much about the hotel stays because it would usually be about bad wifi en bed bugs. It’s not very interesting and most of the time just a place to shower and get rest. This particular one however is an exception, an incredible place to rest after 4 days in the wilderness around volcano Cotopaxi.
Hacienda La Cienage was constructed over 400 years ago by the Spanish. I’ve been reading up the history of this place, but half of the text consists about long, impressive names like Don Mateo de la Escalera — it has housed many royals and important people since the colonial era. Since 1981 it’s a hotel, owned by an Ecuadorian family, of which I was lucky enough to get to know a grand daughter in Quito, Martina. She had arranged a room for me for two days. Inside the walls are a meter thick (very bad wifi) and the halls are full of ancient paintings. The most impressive thing is cycling up the long driveway with tall 250-year old Eucalyptus trees. It’s like cycling through a cathedral, making you feel very small. It’s something you can’t create, it has grown and aged through time, which is the beauty of this place.