Yesterday we went rafting down the Jatunyacu River which means giant river in Quechua. Everybody had an incredible time. Many of us were scared at first, but we quickly discovered that rafting is very fun. We all ended up jumping in the river (some involuntarily). We played a bunch of great rafting games, and all […]
Here’s a Yasuni blog post courtesy of Ivana F: It has been 8 full days that I have been in Ecuador, and these 8 days has changed my life completely. It has opened my eyes to so many different issues going on that includes the Amazon Rainforest. It really surprises me that all of the […]
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. […]
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 […]
We paused for a photo at Laguna de Papallacta near the hot springs in Papallacta. Now we arrived in Baeza at Casa de Rodrigo. After a long bus ride, time in the hot springs and a steep hike to a waterfall, we are all ready for a nice night’s sleep.
All the jovenes are fully oriented to the Sustainable Summer program and have started to set their own guidelines for how they want their group dynamic to be. Very shortly this morning we’ll all be on the bus making our way to Papallacta hot springs and then to Baeza for the night. Off to El […]
Our group has just officially united in Ecuador all safe and sound!
Greetings from Banos de Agua Santa! Today marks our final full day of the Sustaining the Amazon program. Yesterday was action packed with biking the Ruta de las Cascadas, volunteering at a local literacy foundation, and a night tour up to Bellavista, the lookout point over Banos and the Tungurahua Volcano. Today, we will spend […]
Tomorrow we’re departing for Banos de Agua Santa and leaving behind our home in the rainforest for the past week. Here are a few excerpts from the group journal to tell the story (pics below): “We headed to the reforestation area and Miguel taught us about a number of different plants along with their uses. […]
Fully decked out with rain boots, and walking sticks, we ventured deep into the Amazon on our longest, muddiest, most treacherous hike yet – the Gran Canyon hike. We started the hike around 9am and came back around 230pm. The first part of the hike was typical for the Amazon, steep and muddy, but it […]