Today we descended about 9,000 ft as we headed west from Quito, to the northern coastal province of Esmeraldas, adjacent to Colombia. We joined Betty and Marcelo for a favorite weekend getaway of theirs to Atacames. I'm glad we took a private car, as Marcelo's little BMW got us there much faster than if we had taken a public bus from Quito that makes several stops along the way.
As Marcelo accurately stated, Atacames is like a \"moving party\" on the weekends. As we drove along the malecon, there were people flooding the streets, with music blasting from each direction and people of all ages dancing and preparing to party late into the night.