Turns out that the tanque, that raised irrigation water holding tank that many haciendas turn into a swimming pool, was full and oh-so-inviting that the kids (and later the adults) had to swim in it. The fact that there were tadpoles for the kids to rescue made it even more inviting. The problem was that the tanque was on one side of the property, out of sight of the restaurant. So I asked the waiter if it would be possible to eat near the water, so we could keep an eye on the kids, expecting the usual taciturn 'no se puede' so common when one makes a request that is somewhat out of the ordinary. Well, to my pleasant surprise, the waiter, Roger, said he would be happy to set up the table next to the tanque, and he did. The setting was so attractive I had to take a photo and the feeling was like having the hacienda to ourselves for a little while.
Bravo Hacienda Ochil - you set the service bar a little higher today!
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