Had to use some airline vouchers. Ecuador is only 4 hours away from MIA - it looked good since the Galapagos are always a possibility if I find a good last minute deal. As I do more research, I am concerned with the security situation. In the last few years, I have traveled to Peru and Chile and never felt unsafe. I speak the lingo. Ecuador may be a different situation. Besides Quito and Cuenca, I also plan to visit Otavalo, Cotopaxi National Park, and Cajas National Park. I am more of a landscape photographer and normally travel with medium format on a tripod. May end up taking a digital for the Galapagos. Will be traveling with my wife. I don't expect issues outside the cities. I would like to shoot in the historic centers of Quito and Cuenca. Looking for recent experiences traveling to Quito and Cuenca.