Hacienda in the Andes (Part II)

Trip Start Dec 05, 2008
Trip End Jan 09, 2009

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Monday, January 5, 2009

We had heavy rainstorms during the past two days, and the water level had risen enough to allow canoe travel between the lagoon to the Rio Napo.  The current on the river seemed to be much faster but neither that nor the steady rain seemed to slow us down much.  Since we were sitting near the bow, we bundled up in our rain gear and read/dozed during most of the trip to Coca.  After our short flight to Quito, we met up with the driver, Omar, that our hotel had arranged, and we were off to Otavalo.

We decided to spoil ourselves a little and Hacienda Pinsaqui turned out to be a great choice.  The grounds were beautiful with cobblestone paths, gardens, and fountains.  Simon Bolivar had once stayed there.....prior to the earthquake that leveled the hacienda (and Otavalo) in the 1860s.  The only room that did not have to be rebuilt was the bar.  It was here that we gathered each night to sip wine and listen to a local band (pan flutes and all) before dinner in one of the main buildings.  While at dinner, someone would go to our room, start a fire in the wood stove, put chocolates on the pillows and a hot water bottle (wrapped in a towel) at the foot of the bed.....very civilized.
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