Hidden gems – Cuello de Luna

National Geographics Travel today tweeted about the haciendas of Ecuador. It being just about a year since I was there, this sparked a great memory for me.  My husband and I made the trek from Quito to Cotopaxi to see the volcano (right).  He took that photo just outside our room at Cuella de Luna, a local hacienda.  It sits on the edge of the national park, and provides not just spectacular views, but a real sense of Ecuadorian hospitality.  Rooms are rustic, but charming and meals are taken together in a communal dining room.  You can lounge by the fire and sip a cocktail or head outside to see the lamas and alpacas grazing in the front yard.  I’d suggest doing what we did, hiring a guide and hiking the Quilotoa Crater.  There is no place like it on Earth.

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