Today we woke up at 4 am to have a quick bite to eat for breakfast and then headed to the Cuzco airport to catch our flight to Quito, Ecuador. When we arrived in Quito, we had a chance to take a quick tour of the city. What fascinated me was finding out that Quito is Rose Heaven they export about 750 million blooms per year. We stayed at the JW Marriott hotel, and it was full of roses.
That evening we went to dinner with our friends David and Trudy in the hotel it was a called La Hacienda Steakhouse. When we left the hotel, they handed Trudy and I a pretty rose. I ended up taking the rose with me onto the ship since we were still going to be on it for two more weeks. The day we disembarked the ship I ended up giving the rose to our room attendant because the rose still looked amazing and I didn’t even use flower food. I was shocked because at home in Florida when I buy a dozen roses after two weeks with flower food they don’t look that great.
Today we woke up at 3:30 am and drove to Quito airport to take an hour flight to Manta to meet up with the ship. Once we got to the ship, we went to our suite and dropped off our luggage went to eat breakfast and then took a nap. The only bit of Manta we saw was the drive from the airport to the pier. We also rented out Prive and invited some of the great people we met while on the ship and we had a great meal and a great time.