On a recent trip to Ecuador, we took a day trip to the world-famous Otavalo market. When the subject arose as to where to have lunch, a friend told us this place was a must to try. Want to know how we made out? Read on.
Hacienda Pinsaqui is also a hosteria, offering a full menu of elegant meal options in addition to quaint rooms, horseback riding and gorgeous period common rooms for curling up with a good book. We enjoyed mushroom pasta and grilled fish for lunch, followed by a stroll around the grounds and a couple of recon peeks inside empty rooms. The grounds are outside of the hustle and bustle, allowing you to enjoy the countryside and lounge by the fences while observing grazing llamas after your meal.
They even have a pair of peacocks on the grounds that are very comfortable with up close photo shooting. For those travelers wanting to get out of Quito for a bit, this place is a piece of historically authentic heaven. You will need a car, however, as it is a bit out of town.
This post was submitted to the January27, 2010 edition of Wanderfood Wednesday.