All right, all right. I know what you want, dearest fellow travelers. Forget anything I might write, you want to see the food! And so, I give you foods of Ecuador, part 1:
I could eat the mashed-potato-with-cheese-then-fried llapingachos every day, and the creamy corn mixture of humitas is delicious (I also had one of the sweet types of humitas, but forgot to photograph it). Everything in this post is highly recommended!