Since the end of the colonial times, the hacienda has belonged to the Muñoz-Cárdenas family (around the 1850s), and in 1870, relatives of Vintimilla-Muñoz bought Uzhupud from the Muñoz-Cárdenas family.
The current majority owners of Hostería Uzhupud are the descendants of don Cornelio Vintimilla Muñoz and his wife doña Esther Muñoz Dávila: their grandchildren Crespo-Vintimilla and Vintimilla-Vinueza. One of the family members was our guide for the day.
When the hacienda was built, one can imagine how the indigenous peoples might have been amazed and/or upset at the immense and lavish “home,” compared to their living conditions.
But for today’s standards, this place is magnificent. There are guest rooms, restaurants, a bar, a pool, an orquideario, squares, fountains, pool tables, foos ball tables, saunas, steam rooms, massages, fish ponds, beautiful grounds – about as beautiful and secluded spot as you could ever imagine.
If you are heading to Ecuador in the Cuenca area, I would encourage you to spend a night (or more) at this place, and to entice you even more, here are some pictures of the Hosteria Uzhupud.
|the front entrance|
|We were offered a traditional Ecuadorian drink at the entrance|
|the back, with steps leading down to the gardens and the pool area (or into the building, if going the other way-- duh!)|
|the side gardens, complete with places to sit and enjoy the ambiance|
|a view toward the rooms and the outside dining area|
|our group having lunch in the outdoor dining room|
|the pool, with the sauna, steam rooms, etc. over on the right|
|the orquideario -- not much blooming at the moment|
|the back gardens, complete with a remnant of the past (not Harold -- well, maybe!)|
|the interior fireplace in the sitting room|