I found people in Ecuador to be very generous and eager to share whatever they had with visitors. One day I stopped to watch a crew building a trail up a steep slope for villagers in the valley to get to the highway and connect with buses. When the crew took a break, one of the workers produced a jug of local corn liquor and began pouring shots for everyone, including me. It was only about 10:00 am but I graciously accepted.
In Baños, I was fascinated by a man working taffy by throwing against a wall and stretching it out. He noticed me watching and removed a large chunk and offered it to me. I experienced many such instances of kindness and generosity in Ecuador.
Ecuador is more widely known to travelers as the country of the Galapagos, the group of islands made famous by Charles Darwin. That will have to be another trip as the Ecuadorean Andes and the indigenous cultures living there have kept me plenty busy. After all, there aren’t many places in the world where you can journey from snow-covered volcanoes to the steamy jungles of the Amazon or golden Pacific Ocean beaches in a matter of hours.