Hacienda San Agustin is an historical landmark turned into an exclusive hotel located just over one hour south of Quito near Cotopaxi National Park in Ecuador.
Built on the site of an Inca palace, and one of the two most important archaeological Inca sites in Ecuador, it is the furthest point north from Cuzco that features Imperial Style construction.
This working farm offers an unrivaled glimpse into Ecuador’s rich and colorful past. Since the 15th century San Agustin de Callo has served as Inca fortress, Augustinian convent and temporary home for the French Geodesic Mission whose scientific results helped to determine the true shape of the planet.
Famous visitors include Jorge Juan and Antonio de Ulloa who was appointed by the King of Spain to host the Geodesic Mission in 1736, the awesome scientific enterprise organized and led by Charles-Marie de la Condamine; Alexander von Humboldt German scientist and renowned naturalist and explorer and the illustrious English mountain climber Edward Whymper. Cotopaxi was also immortalized by the famous painter, Frederic Church (Hudson River School) in 1859.