On Sunday Mike and I, along with our friends Jim & Rachel, went up to Hacienda San Isidro for the brunch they host on Sundays. The hacienda is located on the side of the Cotacachi volcano and is about a 30 minute drive from Cotacachi, along trails that are best maneuvered on horseback! We arrived by cab around 10:30am and forgot that they don't start serving brunch until 1:00pm. This gave us a lot of time to wander around the premises taking pictures and listening to Andres tell us about the history of the 300-year-old hacienda, and their horse ranch.
|Receiving a warm welcome|
They made a special breakfast for us which they served at 11:30am.
|Our table with a view|
|(Standing L to R) Graciela, her son Andres, Jim, Rachel|
(Seated) Me, Mike
After our breakfast, Roscindo (the patriarch of the family) loaded us up in his pick-up truck and took us on a tour of the hacienda, all the way up to the top of their property.
|On a short hike in the forest|
|Looking out over Cotacachi . . .|
|. . . and Otavalo|
|The ranch down below|
|Jim, the horse whisperer.|
(He's actually quite a horseman himself.)
|Curiosity getting the best of the llamas and alpacas|
What a wonderful time we had with the Jara family, and Jim and Rachel want to come back and take a horseback ride with Andres from the Hacienda to Lake Cuicocha, about a two hour ride round trip.