We are retired school principals (Peel, Ontario - Canada). Our fair weather home is at Sauble Beach, Ontario Canada.
In the winter we roam, trying to keep warm and looking for new adventures. This is a record of our travels.... full info
Getting thereJust a 30 minute flight from the 10,000 ft of Quito to less than 1000 at Coca.
Motorized canoe 75km down the Napo River. (Just one the Amazon's 33 main tributaries.)
Finally paddled for 30 minutes through the rainforest to the lodge.
La Selva LodgeSpectacular setting overlooking the lake and surrounded by a very active rainforest.
Our room, "Tapir"Too bad we didn't see one, but the room was lovely. We sat on the little porch at every opportunity. We expected swarms of mosquitoes but fortunately they have plenty of predators.
Dining areaWe ate breakfast and dinner with our guide Dan. It also served as an opportunity to grill him about what we had seen that day.
Birding.What an amazing display of birdlife. Both permanent residents and migrants from the north and south.
ToucanWe just had to get a toucan photo at the insistence of 5 year old grandson Tom, who has a stuffed one.
Cream woodpeckerI loved this little bird, so beautiful!
Amazing shot with a smartphone eh!?
Well, to be truthful, it was taken with the phone assisted by our guide's spotting scope.
Parrot clay lickHundreds of parrots gather here for an hour or so each morning to eat essential minerals not found in their diets.
TarantulaThe resident of a hollow in a tree right by the main lodge.
Looking for wildlifeWe were very fortunate to be in a group of just 4 guests with 2 guides. One a local, the other English speaking. Both were amazing at spotting.
Insects galoreOur guide Dan helpfully pointed out the ones safe to pick up.
ArapaimaThis prehistoric fish (photo from Google) is common in the lake. It grows to 6' in length, surfaces to breathe air and stuns smaller fish by whacking them with its tail!
CaimanAlso common in the area but well fed enough to not be interested in careless swimmers.
Observation tower.You climb over 200 steps to the top then cross a bridge to the observation deck high in the branches of a 300 year old kapok tree.
A great vantage point to see all of the life high in the canopy.
3 toed slothThis is quite a special photo. Dan had never seen a sloth out in the open like this one in over 12 years of professional guiding. He said they come down from their tree once a week to poop!