More hikes, then back to Quito. Ecuador is a 3rd world country but one on an optimistic climb. Notable from the last time I was here were an emphasis on ecuadorian-grown products (rather than imports) for consumption and for purchase and a great deal of effort put into infastructure. The government wishes to promote ecotourism rather than slash-and-burn farming and does this by training and requiring native guides at every step of the tourist's experience.
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