We've arrived in Ecuador!

Added 20 Oct 2011

An early start this morning! We take off from Heathrow before 7am and connect in Madrid for our onward flight to Ecuador. Its a long flight down to Quito but somehow the hours disappear one by one. Quito Airport used to be out of town but the town has expanded greatly over the years so the runway is now in the middle of the city. This makes the aircraft landing quite "exciting". We approach along one of the valleys of the Andes mountains, over part of the city, and then head for a gap in the buildings! We make it, but unfortunately some of our luggage doesn´t. 6 bags are missing, 3 are traced to Madrid Airport having somehow missed the connection and 3 bags are still being traced. Iberia are not our favourite airline today. Richard is already busy chasing them to track and deliver the luggage. In the meantime we´re all settled in at the wonderful Patio Andaluz Hotel in the colonial city centre of Quito. We enjoy a light buffet dinner before retiring for a very well earned rest. Good night all!