Hosteria La Cienega is one of
Ecuador's oldest colonial haciendas. Situated near the slopes
of majestic Cotopaxi volcano and its National Park, this
mansion has been the scene of important events in the
scientific and social history of the country.
Among the important celebrities
that have resided at La Cienega are Charles Marie de la
Condamine, a French scientist who participated in the Geodesic
Mission (1736-44) that determined the true shape of the earth
and laid the path towards the development of a universal
system of measure - the meter; and Alexander Von Humbolt,
German naturalist who studied Cotopaxi's volcanic activity
(1802) as well as its unique alpine flora.
Today, tastefully converted into a
first-class hotel, La Cienega offers the visitor the unique
experience of staying within its two-meter thick volcanic
stone walls which stand as silent witnesses to the history of
a people and the poetry of an era. You will be surrounded by the
breath-taking natural beauty of the landscape and the rich
folklore of Ecuador's indigenous people.