Haciendas.

Twice we stayed the night at old haciendas. A hacienda is a manor where the Spanish landowners lived. It is built in a large square with an inner court yard.

The first was just outside Otavalo north from Quito. It is called Hacienda Chorlavi and is from 1620. I don’t think much remained from that time, but it was still nice.

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I don’t think I ever slept in a more ornate bed.

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This the central courtyard. We had breakfasr behind the bannister.

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My room is behind the door in the center of the picture.

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The rooms across the second courtyard seen from the door to my room.

The second hacienda we stayed on was to the southeast close to a place called Lasso and was called Hacienda La Cienega. The first house was built i 1580 and is still standing. It even had a chapel, and my room was next to it.

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Looking at the main building from the courtyard.

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The chapel, my room is to the left.

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The main builcing seen from the courtyard.

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The eating area.

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The Hacienda seen form the front by the end of a long alley-. It is easy to visualize chariots coming down the alley with torches for a party for the Spanish.

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