I had not been back in Ecuador for about twenty years. Quito has a brand new airport that eliminated the anxieties of landing in the old one, where the landing approach was between the mountains, so close that it appeared that at anytime the tips of the wings were going to be torn away. The drive along the mountain roads was then dangerous; expecting that at the next curve there would be no road. The highways now are now first class (at least the ones I traveled on). Overall I observed great improvement. And the currency is the “mighty dollar”; no fuss with money exchanges.
3 years ago