25.04.2011 - 28.04.2011 26 °C
Its been almost 100 days, and not much had gone wrong. Well that's what we said en route to Quito...we should have known we were jinxing ourselves!! Main plan for Quito was to find a good Galapagos tour to end the holiday with. Original plan was to look for a five-day trip to allow us some more time for trekking around the Ecuadorian volcano's, however we found a great cruise for 8 days which we went for. We realised that if we booked our flights online, we could save around $50 each - so why not?
We tried several times, with several cards, but each time the transaction would be rejected...or so we thought!! The next day when we tried to withdraw some money, our account was overdrawn!! The airline had taken out almost $3000 from our accounts, without actually giving us a ticket! Almost simultaneously, HSBC & Halifax decided to simultaneously block our other cards...meaning we had no money!! After much hassle, I think we should be getting our money back in the next week or so!!
But the problems didnt't stop there. We also spent a couple of days in a market town called Otovalo. On the way back to Quito, we had our ATM card, blackberry and camera stolen!! I think they pickpocketed it from my pocket on the bus. So we spent our last afternoon in Quito in a police station...what a way to end our holiday!!
We did have some fun as well. We visited Mitad del Mundo (Middle of the World), famous for having the Equator line running through it. Ecuador is named after the line....I wonder if any of the other equatorial countries also tried to get that name?! Roops had fun, continuously hopping over from the Northern to Southern hemisphere and back! The Otovalo market was amazing too..its the largest indigenous market in South America..great place to pick up souvenirs!!