Wednesday we left the jungle lodge for the long drive back to Quito, with only a few hours stop at some hot springs. We had our final group dinner, but Lydia ended up extremely ill. Lydia was feeling well enough the next morning that we were able to spend our final day exploring Quito with John and Charles. Quito was a charming and beautiful city, full of churches and squares. We visited the Catedral Primada, founded in 1535, where an independence celebration was occurring outside under the cherry blossoms of the square. We walked up to the massive Basilica church, built recently but in the old gothic style, and finally caught a taxi up to the massive statue of the Virgen del Panceillo, to look out over the city.