- 205 days ago
Addendum: My final day in Ecuador (now May 19) I lounged poolside at the scenic Rincon de Puembo and and was met after lunch by my driver and guide, Santiago, as arranged by Yolanda the previous day. We did a walking and bus/van tour of Old Town Quito with Santiago, who spoke good English, discussing the architecture of the baroque churches and colonial history. It was fun to watch the people in the square at the President's palace and the weather, even at 8,000 feet was warm enough for short sleeves. Our driver stayed with our vehicle and kept track of my luggage which was one less thing to occupy my attention. At the end of the day they drove me back to the airport for my redeye flight to Atlanta.
In summary, I would say the trip offered a great balance between structured educational activities and moderately exerting recreational opportunities. Also there was sufficient down time to simply relax, shop, read a book, or sightsee at your own pace. I would use Adventure Life again in a heart beat for further travel to South America and elsewhere.