After a few days hanging around the open Quito plazas and La Ronde, we bused to Mindo, northwest from Quito.
The quiet town was a haven for hummingbirds. At a restaurant, hummingbirds whizzed about as we lunched on the patio. This was the first time I’d seen hummingbirds and strangely, when I returned home, have seen a few fluttering around a plant on my balcony during the summer.
We visited a butterfly farm where we got up close to a variety of beautiful creatures under the net enclosure. There was one, completely different from the others, with eyes over its wings as if to let a predator know it was watching. It didn’t have the colouring of the other butterflies, but was huge by comparison.