Tue 24th May: Got a taxi at 5am from the Holiday Inn to Heathrow Terminal 2. Checked in and got some breakfast before boarding the flight to Madrid. Got a window seat with yards of leg room. Met Nick, who had the aisle seat. Changed planes at Madrid for the 11 hour flight to Quito. Got an aisle seat with loads of legroom. Across the aisle was Liam, a dentist from Pocklington. At Quito airport I met Mike, who was to be my room-mate and Paul, the local guide, who took the four of us to the Hotel Quito. Had dinner in a restaurant across the road.
Wed 25th: Had a good breakfast in the top floor restaurant with a superb view out over the city, then met Paul for a guided tour. We walked to a viewpoint near the hotel. There were souvenir salesmen selling mainly fabrics, but one of them had cannabis scent sticks.