Ecuador delights in the pipeline for Molly

26th Apr 2013

Ecuador, with its spectacular Andes mountain trails and Amazonian rainforests, has always been a dream destination for trekking holidays.

Now a lucky 15-year-old girl from Surrey has won the chance to savour all these experiences - in return for playing the bagpipes for the locals.

Musician Molly Rourke's month-long expedition will take her to a land rich in cultural sites and jaw-dropping natural splendours that make Ecuador perfect for private journeys.

Here, Molly can savour attractions such as its bustling Otavalo Market and glorious beaches, as well as an array of religious buildings, including Quito's 16th-century San Francisco Church and Cuenca's Catedral Neuva.

It also boasts the Galapagos Islands, with its unique eco-system, which lay around 1,000km (620 miles) off the South American mainland in the Pacific Ocean.

Molly's month-long Duke of Edinburgh Award expedition challenges will include cycling, high mountain trails, climbing the Andes, passing volcanoes and canoeing the upper reaches of the Amazon.

The schoolgirl's role on the trip is to provide the music. She will play the bagpipes along one of the world's most famous rivers.

Molly said: "I've been told the local people might come out and look which will be a bit weird."

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