In the Jungle… The Mighty Jungle!

Monkeys and tree frogs and caymens, oh my! The past couple days at The Shiripuno Lodge have been nothing short of incredible. Isabelle named a baby. Alec hit his target with a blowgun on the first shot. Renee loved practicing her Spanish with the natives. Dylan climbed a tree, Waorani style. Layla stalked wild boar. […]

Farewell Galapagos

We have arrived from the Galapagos into a beautiful late afternoon here in Tumbaco. Our final days in the Galapagos found us kayaking in Divine Bay amongst blue-footed boobies and an array of aquatic life, cliff jumping into a magnificent chasm at Las Grietas, and snorkeling with sharks and penguins at Isla Bartolemé. Emerson checking […]

Shiripuno, here we come!

Arriving in Coca early gave us some time to look around town. It’s really interesting to see such a developed town seemingly in the middle of the jungle. There are lots of people all around, though very few tourists. Our hotel is very cool with nice rooms and a backyard with tortoises, capybaras (the largest […]

Service Day at CDRS

Wednesday, we visited the Charles Darwin Research Station, and after touring the tortoise rearing pens and learning about the foundation’s various conservation initiatives, we helped clear and plant a new garden featuring native cacti and some endangered plants. It was challenging work, hauling volcanic rock, weeding, and planting in the tropical sun, but the efforts […]