I have made it to Baños, a sort of hot springs tourist town high in the Andes Mountains. From what I've seen so far, it's gorgeous, and I'm looking forward to renting a bicycle to explore tomorrow.
Otherwise, I would like to take back what I said about Quiteños being unfriendly - they may be a bit guarded towards foreigners, but everyone who found me whiffling around looking for the bus to Quitumbes, the bus station that would take me to Baños, was very helpful with giving directions. Then, noticing I was about to pass out on the overcrowded trolley bus weighed down with much too much luggage (I really must start unloading more at every place I stay,) a bunch of men shoved over to let me stand by the window, and then one of them even walked me to the Baños window once we arrived at Quitumbes. Lovely people, the Ecuadorians.
Otherwise, I forgot to mention the hat I'm knitting, which I'm just thrilled about. The yarn is cheap, but the pattern is amazing, like an optical illusion in fibers, "Crooked Paths" by Melissa LaBarre: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/crooked-paths
I can actually see myself knitting this one again and again.