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Quito, Otavalo and Mitad del Mundo

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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!! :)

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Hanging out in the Northern hemisphere

Hanging out in the Northern hemisphere

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Mancora

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Ate. Drank. Chilled out on the beach. That pretty much sums up our time in Mancora, a small beach town in the north of Peru. We had some time before we needed to be in Ecuador, and we fancied some relaxation time. Our camera was pretty knackered too, so we gave it a couple of days off!

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Lima

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The lack of photo's probably tell you everything you need to know about Lima. It's not much more than a city...full of restaurants, cinemas, etc, and not much more. It was nice to relax after the hectic 10 days we'd just had - we chilled out, ate a lot, and even went bowling!! It was sad to say goodbye to Zaid...especially as it meant we only had two weeks left on our trip! Oh well...we'll just have to cram as much as possible into the next 14 days!!

Our sole picture in Lima!!

Our sole picture in Lima!!

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Oasis of Huacachina

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A few hours after the Nazca flight, we hopped on a four-hour bus journey to Huacachina, a small oasis in the middle of the Peruvian dsesert. Roops decided we hadn't had enough Nazca hadn't provided us with enough adventure for the day, so we set off for an evening of dune-buggying and sand-boarding! Our driver drove up and down the huge sand dunes at some crazy speeds - it felt like we were on a roller coaster! And then we sped down the dunes, face first sliding down on a sand-board! Watched an amazing sunset before heading back to town...and being eaten alive by the mozzies as we slept!

Oasis of Huacachina

Oasis of Huacachina


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Aaaaaaaaaaaaggggggggghhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!

Aaaaaaaaaaaaggggggggghhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!


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Nazca and the Nazca Lines

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Around 300AD, the Nazcan's decided to etch several huge images into the desert, creating the famous Nazca lines. We boarded a small Cessna plane (large enough for the pilot, co-pilot and four passengers) for a 30-minute flight over the lines. My stomach took a beating as the plane lurched from side to side as we obtained a birds-eye view of the ancient drawings. No-one is quite sure why they were drawn...we concluded that they were alien drawings. I mean, why else would they have drawn a spaceman waving out into space??!!

The ancient Nazcans mummified their dead, twisting the bodies into the foetal position

The ancient Nazcans mummified their dead, twisting the bodies into the foetal position


Spooky!

Spooky!


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In the cockpit and at the back of the plane at the same time!

In the cockpit and at the back of the plane at the same time!


The tree

The tree


The mockingbird

The mockingbird


Say hello to the spaceman!

Say hello to the spaceman!

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