Other than Quito, here are the other places I visited and absorbed; Baños was my favourite. In retrospect, the activities and sights in Baños can be found in other places, then perhaps it was the people I met and the general atmosphere of serenity and fun.
3rd – 5th November 2017. Pedro Vicente Maldonado.
This was a random trip to visit my friend’s uncle and his family so it’s not exactly a tourist-destination you would find in TripAdvisor. The waterfall is within a private property where locals pay a small fee to enter and enjoy the freshness and slightly daring jump from the top.
11th – 13th November 2017. Baños.
My most memorable activity in Baños was the white-water-rafting, I can say it was the best one I’ve done; no photos taken by me as I was having too much fun. The fun included going overboard in the last 3-minute and was whacked by an oar.
18th November 2017. Cotopaxi.
The place where I realised my physical limitations, I had to stop every 3 metres to equalise as my ears were hurting, and once I got to the top (read: refuge area) the view was all worth it.
19th – 20th November 2017. Quilotoa.
One of the most beautiful place I have been to that challenged my fear of falling due to steep and sandy path; it is also very tough for the horses.
25th – 26th November 2017. Otovalo
Otovalo is well-known for its market of ponchos and everything else; ponchos and more ponchos, as far eye can see. We also swing-by Cotacachi for its crater, the second biggest in the world!
6th – 12th December 2017. Galapagos Islands – see here
16th -18th December 2017. Mindo
I didn’t have a chance to visit the Amazon so the next best thing is the cloud forest with activities such as the frog concert, creepy crawlies crawling on you night walking tour, zip-lining, and Tarzan swing