Imparting a splash of color, an indigenous woman farms a field at Hacienda Zuleta, an estate that was once the country home of former Ecuadorian presidents. Sprawled over 5,218 acres, the ranch includes pastureland, forests, and crop fields. "Put anything in the ground here and it will grow," says a local. "The planting season is all year."
Read more about Ecuador in "Avenue of the Volcanoes" in the April 2009 issue of National Geographic Traveler.