Monday, April 9, 2012
A week ago our good friends from Cuenca, Mike and Patty Grimm invited Rachel and me to join them for lunch at Hacienda San Isidro. San Isidro is a well kept secret among the locals of the Imbabura it seems. I only knew that we had to go through neighboring Quiroga and from there it was by guess and by golly. Only a few locals could direct us to the right road (path).
We had one of those days that all of us will remember the rest of our lives. The views from the hacienda were stunning and never seen by your average tourist. I loveTaita (father in Quichwa) Imbabura and photograph him ad nauseum. To see Mt. Imbabura in this way on this day was special. All his subjects (the villages of Cotacachi, Otavalo, Quiroga, San Roque, San Juan de Illuman, Peguche, and Atuntaqui to name a few) seemed to lay peacefully at his feet.
We had a wonderful brunch but the personal tour of the hacienda by the owner was what made our day. Mike and Patty did a blog for this day and they took some beautiful photos. Please visit their blog.