Blogs from El Coca, East, Ecuador, South America - page 4


South America » Ecuador » East » El Coca June 2nd 2007

My third week has been spent studying Spanish at a remote jungle lodge. It was a ten-hour bus ride from Quito, plus an hour by motorised canoe. I was accompanied by another student called Sarah (from Southampton) and a teacher called Carlos, who is the husband of Edith, my teacher back in Quito. Our accomodation was rustic but comfortable, and we had three hot meals a day, cooked by a master chef whom all the other lodges were trying to poach (I mean poach as in acquiring the services of, not poach as in gently simmering in lightly salted water. The pan alone would need to be enormous. It just wouldn´t be practical) My day would be as follows: 1. Breakfast at 6:30am 2. Spanish lessons from 7:30 until 12:30 (five hours!!) 3. Lunch, then swinging ... read more
Rio Napa
Plane Sailing
cute little pussy cat

South America » Ecuador » East » El Coca March 10th 2006

I’m living in a tarantula breeding ground. I share my ‘toilet’ with a boa constrictor and poison dart frogs. My bath is a stream, my best friend, a machete. We have the “smelly scale” which runs from 1-10. 1 being ok; 10 being unbearable. Where I am right now, 1-9 is acceptable. I dream of chocolate day and night. Welcome to the Amazon rainforest… We are volunteers in far eastern Ecuador. An expedition aimed at wildlife data collection and protection. Hiking the impossible jungle terrain for hours everyday, we live bathed in sweat and covered in rashes. But we smile. No privacy, no dry clothes and mould. On a massive scale. What more do you need for a whole lot of fun?... Need a clearer picture? Picture this: Sleeping under the thickest canopy of trees ... read more
Getting out of the comfort zone!
Wierd and wonderful

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