November 18, 2011
And they’re off. Everyone arrived last night and with all luggage intact. Nice. Greg Vernovage, IMG’s lead guide on the trip, arrived a day earlier to wrap up some last minute errands. Early this morning, the team met Romulo Cardenas, who is our Ecuadorian friend and partner. Then, all headed to old town Quito for a tour with Romulo and then it was into the bus and head north for Otavalo. Obligatory stop at the equator on the way plus a lunch stop at a very typical Ecuadorian restaurant for lunch. Lunch for us here is always locro de queso (thick cheese and potato soup) and meat or cheese empanadas. Tomorrow’s market day in Otavalo. No way we want to miss that.