Today has been a fairly tiring travel day. An early start had us transferring to the airport by taxi to catch our flight to Lima with a connection to Quito. At the check in desk we were advised our luggage would be held as they were waiting to hear whether the first flight was to be delayed, which would have meant we would miss our connecting flight (meaning approximately 11 hours wait for a night flight to Quito!). After a few conversations we were fortunately told the flight would depart on time, saving us from the logistical nightmare of arriving at the hotel around 3am and departing at 6am meaning 3 hours to re pack and sleep (?!).
From here on in it was smooth. A comfortable flight to Lima, successful connection (us and the baggage), a very cheery passport control officer on departure and a happy dude too at passport control on arrival to Quito. We arrived at the hotel (Mercure hotel) around 4pm, and chilled out prior to meeting the G Adventures rep and 2 people (Danish couple) from the new tour for a briefing in reception. We headed out with the couple for dinner locally and called it a day early in order to conserve some energy for our early start tomorrow. First impressions of Quito left us underwhelmed. It certainly has a reputation for its safety at night and you are advised to take a taxi back to the hotel each evening, which we did. You can feel the altitude a little too especially when taking the stairs up!
Unaware now of the wifi signal we are likely to find - watch this space in due course for an update on the Galapagos which is where we head onto next :o)