I'm writing from Ecuador (South America), I been riding xc by many years and Im started to do some minor technical stuff one year ago. I usually go to the states (each 2 or 3 years) to ride!!. I have been in NY, CN and FL..and I really want to ride in the west coast, the rockys and Canada for sure. Maybe next year.
I just got back from a trip to Ecuador a month or so ago. I visited the Galapagos and got to spend a few days in Quito. You have such a beautiful city! It looks like a great area to mountain bike ... once you get used to the altitude!