******Featured in the New York Times 52 Places to go in 2017....******
A natural beauty that’s still natural — for now.
The earthquake that rattled Ecuador last year mostly shattered areas where international travelers seldom go. Now man-made threats may compromise El Pedregal, a popular place for visitors before or after Galápagos excursions. The valley south of Quito is surrounded by huge volcanoes and grassy steppes where haciendas serve as bases for travelers to go hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding... — TIM NEVILLE http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/travel/places-to-visit.html?_r=0