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.