A setting golden sun peeks thru gray mountainous clouds as American Airlines Flight 931 begins our arrival descent for Quito.
Three hours and forty eight minutes after leaving Miami, with a gentle vibration our flight touches down in Quito.
An on board passenger medical emergency slightly delays our gate arrival but the immigration and customs process is the most efficient that I have ever experienced.
Taxi's are cheap ... less than $10 to the city. Ecuador in recent years switched to US dollar.
Bypassing the taxis outside, a brief walk and I am at Advantage Car Rental. I am hoping to pick up a car I have reserved for tomorrow but the office is already closed for the day.
Practicing my limited Spanish with the office worker, we arrange a taxi "barrato". It is only $5 to the old city.
Headed to Hostel Revolution located near Los Rios y Julio Castro cerca el parque Alameda. My Ecuador exploration and adventure begins.
Is a very well run Backpackers Hostel located in the Historical Centre Of Quito.
Besides the bar, Hostel Revolution has three stories, hot showers, free wireless and desktop internet along with a full kitchen and balcony for great city views.
Shared and inexpensive private rooms are available that are quite comfortable.
The owner and staff are friendly and more than helpful with local info and advice. I highly recommend Hostel Revolution.