On a recent visit to Ecuador I visited new country Inns. The Hacienda Cotopaxi Pungo lies on a farm on the slopes of Pasochoa Volcano and is surrounded by the Cotopaxi, Antisana and Sincholagua volcanoes, with spectacular panoramic views. Cotopaxi Pungo means ‘Gate to Cotopaxi’, is about one and a half hour away from Quito, but only 45 minutes to the new airport. The build is new but the architecture modelled on traditional architecture. From all the rooms one can contemplate the beautiful landscape of the Andes through big picture windows. I sampled a hike down into the green Pita canyon past several waterfalls and saw several hummingbirds. I opted out of the horse-riding in the mountains, but then realized that is the best way to see them without getting altitude problems. Other activities on offer include mountain biking, canopy zip-lining and a visit to Cotopaxi National Park. Alternatively it is a great place to just relax and share the gourmet cuisine by a big log fire.

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