Waterfall in the Ecuadorian Amazon Photo

Updates from the Amazon

Greetings from Tena, the Ecuadorian Amazon’s most agreeable city. Actually, we’re about 4kms outside of Tena at a lovely lodge on the banks of a crystal clear stream. Tomorrow we’ll go rafting on the Rio Jatunyacu, enjoying one of Tena’s most popular activities for which whitewater enthusiasts from all over the world come. But first, […]

Clara and a Kichwa girl photo

Welcome to the Jungle

Day two at our jungle lodge on the Rio Napo in the Ecuadorian Amazon is drawing to a close. We just returned from a scenic innertube float down the river to escape the afternoon heat. The morning featured a hike with our guides through the primary growth forest to learn about the local flora and […]

San Rafael Falls Ecuador Photo

Waterfalls, Hydroprojects, and Volcanos

Tomorrow, we’re heading to our jungle lodge on the Rio Napo in the Ecuadorian rainforest. We’ll be in a bit of an Internet blackout zone for the next 6 days so until then enjoy some pics from our time in Baeza and the cloud forest. We visited two dam sites: the 50MW Quijos-Papallacta Project and […]

A Beautiful Morning in Tumbaco

The Amazon program has officially begun. This morning, after breakfast and a medical and health orientation, we spent some time getting to know each other and forming a group contract that will guide the interactions and experience of all Sustainable Summer participants for the next 2 weeks. Here’s a pic of the group engaged in […]

Sustainable Summer Amazon Program En Route to Ecuador

Here’s a photo taken at the airport of Sustainable Summer’s Amazon program participants (minus a few arriving from different departure points and our 7 brave students continuing on from our first 3-week program). We’re just under two hours from touchdown at the Quito Airport of our group flight. Karen and I are heading that way […]

Laguna Quilatoa

The Black Sheep Inn and Permaculture

Howdy from Tumbaco. We’re on lunch break from our session on permaculture design with sustainable agriculture expert Javier Carrera of the Seed Guardian Network. This morning we learned about design principles such as mapping land features and energy sources, and integrating elements, such as animals, gardens, and structures into the an efficient and sustainable design. […]

Service Project at La Escuela, Horsebackriding, and Isla Plata

It’s been an action packed couple of days here in Ecuador. We wrapped up our time at Rio Muchacho with a service project at the local school, class sessions on permaculture and traditional agriculture practices, shrimping in the river, crafts, and horseback riding to the monkey forest. The latter included the traditional food tonga, which […]

Ecuador Sustainable Summer Photos!

Here are some photos from our first 2 weeks on the coast of Ecuador. I’m not one to shy away from the written word, but the combination of limited Internet access, lost luggage, and the prospect of typing out a few hundred words on a mobile device have conspired towards brevity. Fortunately, my camera was […]

High school summer abroad in Ecuador image

Surf’s Up in Canoa

Greetings from Canoa, one of Ecuador’s most likeable beach towns. We’re spending the day relaxing after a busy week studying sustainable agriculture at Rio Muchacho. This morning, everyone took a surfing lesson to great success. Most people were able to standup on the boards and catch some waves. Now the group is either hanging on the […]