Aventuras en La Amazonia - Tena, Ecuador
Nuestra tercer semana en Ecuador!
This past week we were able to explore another region of this beautiful country, the Amazon, in Tena, Ecuador. Many of our excursions on this trip have been a first to most of us, especially everything we did in the Amazon region. Here we hiked to a waterfall, went on a motorized boat ride, floated down a river, visited the AmaZOOnico, and went caving!
|On our way to Tena, we made a stop to see the amazing view.|
Saturday, July 22, 2017:
|Some of our girls during the hike up to the|
|The waterfall we hiked to,|
visible are some of the
|Making our way up the waterfall, with the assistance|
Sunday, July 23, 2017:We started our morning visiting the Misahualli town. Here many were able to eat grilled Chontacuros, a delicacy of worms that tastes like bacon. In this town we were able see many monkeys as they climbed from tree to tree, stealing from food vendors or tourists, and chasing each other. After this visit, we went to the Shiripuno community (read about it on Brianna's blog😉).
|One of the hanging monkeys at|
|Some of our girls on the boat ride.|
|Making our way down the Napo River.|
We then went to the main part of our day, to the Napo River. Here we enjoyed a delicious Talpia dish with some amazing aji, in a restaurant right by the river. Soon after, we strapped on our life jackets and went on a motorized boat ride down the river to the AmaZOOnico. Before reaching our destination, we stopped by about a mile way to a high peak area where we were able to swing from a rope and fall into the river. It was such an adrenaline rush to be to get on a rope and hang on till the right moment to fall into the water. After the fall, many floated/swam down the river to meet the rest of us on the boat. at the entrance of the AmaZOOnico. The AmaZOOnico is a non-profit animal rescue center, they take care of wild animals that have been abused, neglected, raised as house pets, and/or have been a part of illegal trading. All of their animals are brought in through the Ministry of the Environment. It is the hope of this non-profit to help the animals develop healthy coping mechanisms, learn how to live independently, and care for them, to one day set them free into Selva Viva. Not all animals can be set into Selva Viva because they could not survive in wild life, for example their anaconda is a predator by nature, but she missed her window of development to learn how to hunt and now she does not know how, therefore they have to feed her dead animals. Animals like the anaconda cannot be taught how to survive on their own, so they have to stay in the animal rescue area.The work they do in this non-profit is admirable, all of the animals have their own stories and were saved just in time before dying or being killed under harsh conditions. I enjoyed learning about how they care take of the animals according to their needs, how they interact with others, and the potentials they see in each one. This was my first time being in an animal rescue center, it opened my eyes to another form in which humans have hurt the natural habitat and lifestyle of animals, mostly caused by ignorance of proper caring for these animals and ambition for money. Non-profits like AmaZOOnic are essential to teaching us about the importance of learning about the world we live in, nature, and animals to better treat each other and allow for nature to take its course without the interruption of human greed and destruction. It is also an example of how critical development stages are for all living species. This non-profit is mainly run by volunteers, so thank you to all of those individuals for their work! 😊
|One of the many saved monkeys|
|A flightless Tucan at the AmaZOOnico.|
|One of the many saved Maccow Parrots at the AmaZOOnico.|
Monday, July 24, 2017:
|Right before entering the cave.|
|Angel exiting the cave.|
|Katie inside the cave.|
|Jasmine exiting the cave.|
|Flori entering into the ceremonial cave.|