Saturday June 26, 2010

HACIENDA ZULETA, ECUADOR – We visited Hacienda Zuleta a few hour drive north of Quito.

I’ve paraphrased the history of the hacienda from its web site. In the late 16th century, King Charles gave the Zuleta region to the Jesuits, who implemented Spanish methods of farming and cattle and sheep production. In the following years a small wool mill was established. And by 1691, the Hacienda house, granary and chapel were completed and the farm was in full operation. In 1713 the property was confiscated and transferred to Canon Gabriel Zuleta, making Zuleta his seventeenth hacienda. The farm became known as Cochicaranqui de Zuleta. After the Canon’s death the farm passed to the Posse family,who restored the hacienda back to its 17th century grandeur. The estate was sold to Jose Maria Lasso in 1898 and passed through two generations to its current owner, Galo Plaza Lasso, the ex-President of Ecuador.

We attended the feast of San Juan at the hacienda – this is Mr. Plaza Lasso catching an offering from a local village.

Chicken offering

Leica M9 and 35mm Summicron Asph.