DAY ONE I arrived to Quito, Ecuador, on Monday, November 5, 2012. The tour with ABD was to begin on Wednesday, but I decided to arrive one day early. Quito is 9,350 feet above sea level and I wanted to get used to the altitude. Thankfully, I did not suffer any affects from it, but one person on the trip did and it was not pleasant. After a 3-hour layover in Houston, my plane arrived to Quito at 10:40pm and I passed through customs with ease. I was met by an ABD representative who took me to the hotel the JW Marriott and I was in my room before midnight. The hotel is really nice. There are plenty of television channels in English, but I enjoyed watching the Disney Channel in Spanish. Internet access is available for $15 for 24 hours. I booked the extra night through ABD at a cost of $230, including a buffet breakfast and taxes.