We spent New Years in Ecuador. On this trip, we spent a few days in lovely Quito (the views from the deck at Cafe Mosiaco are incredible!) then heading into the Amazon for hiking and birdwatching. Our affection for birdwatching was an unplanned surprise. The trip ended in Mindo, where we stayed at El Monte. El Monte is definitely, without a doubt, one of my favorite spots in the world. It is romantic and beautiful, and I would return in a heartbeat.
That is my fishing pole in the corner. Piranha fishing. Really.