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April 2023

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destinations | transportation | gadgets | recreation Detour the input of local experts, I contacted the wonderful Peruvian guide who'd shown us his country and asked for a recommendation in neighboring Ecuador. I was soon connected to Johanna Herrera, a Quito native and experienced guide, and we were chatting back and forth via WhatsApp and email to plan our visit. It was meant to be an expedient layover, a few days to get our bearings before continuing on to the Galápagos. I'd done the research and knew that Quito, the capital of Ecuador, is located high in the foothills of the Andes and is renowned for its well- preserved colonial center. Because my husband, Richard, and I value An Insider's Guide to Quito EXPLORING ECUADOR WITH AN EXPERT BY ELIZABETH HANSEN >> destinations | transportation | gadgets | recreation PHOTO COURTESY OF YUMBOS CHOCOLATE The key ingredient of Ecuadorian chocolate is cacao fruit, which local farmers collect by hand @ranchandcoast RANCH & COAST MAGAZINE APRIL 2023 75

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