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Other Useful Guides http://www.welcomeecuador.com http://birdsinecuador.com/en/ gives good recommendations with maps of specific areas http://www.notyouraverageamerican.com/ is a blog by an Embassy family that has great photos and recommendations. - Aug 2015
Locals tend to socialize with their extended families and as a result, I had to work hard to get time with my local friends. Quitenos are more closed and conservative than Guayaquilenos. - Aug 2015
Don't look past Quito, and it's only going to get better unless Correa passes the unlimited presidential terms law and becomes the next Chavez. - Aug 2014
Quito is a place where you have to work to get a lot out of it, but it can bring you rewards if you do. Unfortunately the trend line is down in several respects (crime, economy, political harassment), so the balance may change in the future. - Jan 2009
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