In Ecuador we had a few first times.
First time staying on high altitudes. At Volcano Cotopaxi Nationalpark we could drive up to over 4.000m.
First time spotting alpacas and buying stuff made of alpaca wool.
First time food poisoning. It hit one of my drivers so badly he had to be hospitalized. To recover they spent a few days in Quito in a nice hotel. I was pretty glad I didn't have to deal with all that sh... ;-)
In total we really loved Ecuador. The nature is mega diverse. You can go from the Amazon via the Andes to the sea in a blink of an eye. We found so many nice places to wildcamp and watched the most beautiful sunsets.
One day we did the heaviest off-roading since we've started the trip. It was so muddy and a few times I had to hold on tightly to prevent me from falling over. In the end I needed some help from friends ;-)
Thank you Ecuadorians for the warm welcome in your beautiful country! We will come back as soon as we can afford Galapagos...