So we say goodbye to our Hosts from Belgium and head further north towards the Colombian border. Every meal at Hakuna Matata was excellent! On Tuesday, the 20th of September, we are again on the move, heading towards the higher elevations of the Andes. It was extremely hot, so when you finally get to an open space, where it is a little easier to breath, a short break is enjoyed. Man and Beast work hard in the Amazon Basin. At a fuel stop in Baeza, the girl in pink comes out of a room with orange Fanta and a roll with ham. An hour later we stopped for a quick lunch which cost us a grand total of $3.00. Half an hour later the rain started and within 10 minutes it turned into a torrential downpour. We drove the bike into a ladies kitchen/patio and were warmly received. Should have taken pictures of her, but felt awkward already, storming in as we did! We finally made it back into the Andes. Papallacta is a area with Hot Springs, so we got a room and enjoyed the hot waster, sitting in the rain. No pictures (remember bug bitten back). The room was at 10,840 feet, and got very cold during the night. The hostel....... This was the view at 6:45 am the next morning. On Wednesday the 21st of September we got an early start for Otavalo, Ecuador, which is located about midway between Quito and the border with Columbia, to the north. This was worth the early start.