With well over a year to prepare one might think that we'd be speaking Spanish dang near fluently by now and that collecting our gear and packing it up would be a snap. Au contraire. I haven't cracked open a Spanish book since before we left last February. It's predicted that I'll regret that. Some of the most fun on these trips is interacting with the locals.
It's also predicted that, forced into having to use it, I'll learn more Spanish faster.
That doesn't help us with the other languages they speak in Ecuador, though...