I originally found Francisco through a web search and once we were in contact I immediately felt at ease with him and knew that I'd be well taken care of.
All the tours that he took me on: Quito historic center tour, Mindo cloud forest and Otavalo were very personalized for me and I felt more like I was just hanging out with a friend who had a lot of knowledge of his country.
That was exactly what I was hoping for. In fact, Francisco even invited me to a local LGBT event one evening which was a great way to meet locals and have local insight.
Now I feel like I've made a new friend in Ecuador. Francisco is extremely knowledgeable about his country, not just about the tourist sights but history, politics and many other topics.