The group of us were first treated to a tour of the grounds and a chance to see the lunch being cooked in a bar-b-que roasting box at the rear of the house. Then it was out to the front porch for some Mojitos, Diplomatico rum cocktails, and music from a trio of local musicians. There was a never ending table of local appetizers that were brought out one after the other and the local cheeses were like no other I've ever had.
The afternoon and the lunch were absolutely wonderful, but like all good things, the afternoon was gone before we really knew it. I found it so peaceful out there on the grounds with a warmth and friendliness that country living can only provide. I really enjoyed the food, rum and companionship Tito, Alfonso, and the crew that runs the Hacienda Botucal afforded us.
And for dessert, was an aperitif of Hacienda Saruro aged rum liquor. The perfect end for a perfect day in the Venezuelan countryside. ;o)