Hello there. I’m on my travels again – this post comes to you from Quito, Ecuador, care of KLM. After visiting Panama with their partners Air France and Branding Latin America, I’m so pleased that KLM invited me to take another trip to show off one more of their increasingly popular Latin American destinations. Panama so exceeded my expectations that I was raring to see more of this part of the world. Even better, Ecuador is officially in South America (Panama is part of North America, continentally speaking), so it’s a brand new continent that I can tick off.
KLM fly to Quito daily from several UK airports, including Heathrow where I took off from yesterday morning. The trip is undeniably a long slog, but KLM made it pretty easy and comfortable. As with Panama, I was treated to use of the SkyTeam lounge at Heathrow. With a 6.30am flight time I was out of the door at 3.15am (I didn’t even bother to go to sleep, which was an error in hindsight), so it was very nice to be able to recharge and get a little breakfast in the lounge before the short hop to Amsterdam. From there it was a quick transfer and on to Quito. No upgrade this time sadly as the flight was full, but Economy was plenty comfortable enough to get some sleep and there was a great selection of TV and films (I watched The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared, which was absolutely hilarious and beautiful – watch it if you can!).
I can’t wait to see what this country has to offer – the tiny peek I had getting from the airport into town already revealed some stunning vistas. The itinerary I’ve got planned looks amazing and covers some of Ecuador’s natural wonders such as volcanoes, lakes and geobotanical reserves, as well as plenty of time in the colonial city of Quito checking out the local crafts, markets and food. Keep an eye on my Instagram and Twitter for regular updates and of course more in-depth updates here.
I’ve been sent to Ecuador as a guest of Branding Latin America / Quito Tourism, and my flight was provided by KLM.