My husband and I just completed a trip to the highlands of Ecuador. Our itinerary was for two weeks and included Quito, Otavalo, Banos, Riobamba, as well as Cuenca. Our guide was Andres and he travelled with us for the entire time. The highlands of Ecuador are amazing! We come from the Rocky Mountains of Canada but the Andes are totally different. Andres made a huge difference on this trip for us. He was so knowledgeable about his country, the history and people. He was genuinely interested in us as well as our wellbeing. His easy going personality and sense of humour made it really fun for us. It was important to him that we experienced the local Ecuador, including the food and the people. We hiked, biked, rafted, as well as toured the countryside, ruins and the old cities. We definitely want to come back here and the experience we had with Andres is a big part of that.