We are in a lovely hotel with breakfast ready at 7am for our early flight to the Islands. But luckily for us there is a delay - so we immediately head out to see Quito. We find the handcraft market in the City Park. It is full of vendors from the villages and they are only in once a week! This is lucky for us. The vendors are able to bless themselves as we make their first sale of the day. We did our best to fill up a duffle bag with fabrics, hand carved statues and jewelry. We had only just started our trip, I don't know who encouraged the shopping but everyone joined in.
At the airport we meet the rest of our group and our wonderful guide, Alfredo. Alfredo makes the maneuvering through the airport a breeze. We continue to chat while he runs around with bags and passports.