Category: Ecuador

Surviving the Amazon-Day 3

Our third day in the Amazon was the busiest of them all and first brought us to the Siona Indian Community down the river. We disembarked on the riverside and took a rickety wooden path towards the village. The village was small, but the houses looked well made and had some surprising amenities. This was …

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Surviving the Amazon-Day 2

I awoke shortly after dawn to the Jurassic Park-like sounds of howler monkeys off in the distance. To me, nothing says ‘you’re in Latin America’ like the bellowing of howler monkeys. I took out my earplugs and the screams became even louder. I was happy that I had brought my ear plugs. If you think …

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Surviving the Amazon-Day 1

We sped down the murky waters of the Amazon in our motorized canoe, scanning the dense trees for signs of life. We were on the lookout for birds, monkeys, snakes and sloths. Luis, our expert guide, sat in the front of the canoe, shouting excitedly when he would spot something before we saw it (which …

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Swimming in the Amazon

The water was shockingly cool on my feet-a sharp contrast to the humid afternoon air deep in the middle of nowhere in the Ecuadorian Amazon.  The lake was roughly 30 feet deep, according to our guide, and the water was black and foreboding.  The sun was slowly sinking and the swamp trees cast long shadows …

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Yellow Fever

Well my luck has finally run out. In all of my travels I’ve never gone anywhere that requires vaccines. So imagine my surprise when I read that panama can deny entry to people coming from countries where yellow fever has been reported. Ecuador happens to be one such country.  Will they even check to see …

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