Living in Watchimak

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February 15th 2007
Published: February 15th 2007
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Entering WatchimakEntering WatchimakEntering Watchimak

3.7 Kilometers from the Napo River.

Living in Watchimak

 South America » Ecuador » Tena By tonyandkerensa
February 15th 2007
Tony Allison
We first heard of Watchimak when we were in Quito and thought it might be a good community for Kerensa´s research. We decided to visit the community in a Community Volunteer capacity for a month to learn more before making any decisions.

We left Tena on a three hour bus ride to Comuna Los Rios where we caught a river taxi a half-hour down river where we met members of the community at the beach. They helped us carry our things on the hour-long hike into Watchimak.

We met three other volunteers: Jessica, Ken, and Susanne and learned a lot about the community from them before they left. Since then, several other eco-tourists and volunteers have come through the community as well.

After our first month, we decided that this will be a great community for Kerensa´s research and will now be living here until the end of July (possibly longer) while Kerensa works at compiling all of her dissertation information about Quichwa subsistence gardening practices, gender relations, and changes with increased development in the community.

In the mean time, Tony is helping where he can with research,
Napo RiverNapo RiverNapo River

We went down river from Comuna Los Rios to get to Watchimak
community projects, favors for community members, etc...

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River TaxiRiver Taxi
River Taxi

Valerio runs a river taxi on the Napo River. We rode 30 minutes to get to the Watchimak beach. He lives in Watchimak and has six daughters and one son - his newest daughter was born three days after we arrived.
At the beachAt the beach
At the beach

From the Napo, we walk an hour to Watchimak
Magic lessonsMagic lessons
Magic lessons

Tony teaching his ¨magic¨ finger trick to Nelson. (The illusion is that I can remove my finger tip)
Watchimak CommunityWatchimak Community
Watchimak Community

The community is a collection of houses around a large open square. There are several other families that live in the community but not in the central square.
Community TrailCommunity Trail
Community Trail

The trail connecting the volunteer housing area to the community square. (About a 5 minute walk.)
Inside Our HouseInside Our House
Inside Our House

Our house is pretty rustic and small. It took some getting used to in the first week.
Our HouseOur House
Our House

Our ceiling had a leak, so Franklin climbed up and put sheet metal on to help.
The KitchenThe Kitchen
The Kitchen

This is the kitchen where the women from the community make our meals. The women rotate cooking duties so they don´t neglect their own families and can all earn a little extra money.
Baby CaimanBaby Caiman
Baby Caiman

A Caiman is a fresh water crocadile. Rosa showed us this caiman on our initial walk into Watchimak. They told us that when they are larger, caimen are good eating.

There are a lot of cool butterflies and other insects here. It´s hard not to take pictures of abselutely everything.

29th April 2007

super chevere
hasta yagama!!

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