So we went to the Ecuadorian jungle near Tena. Its called the Oriente (East) and it represents the beginnings of the Amazon basin. Several large rivers ultimately converge into the Amazon itself, though that occurs much further downstream (Southeast) in Brazil. This area of Ecuador is warmer, more humid and, of course, rainforesty. However, its not like going into the heart of darkness malaria shots are not required and there are several towns, resorts and other more tourist oriented fare nearby. So its definitely the lite version of the jungle, but very fun nonetheless.
We stayed the Casa del Suizo which is along the Napo River. Its a lovely resort providing daily jungle tours, raft rides on the river and organized visits to an animal rescue preserve. When you arrive at resort, you come by canoe. This is a very nice experience and totally unnecessary since theres a road leading up to the back door of the thing. But wheres the charm in that? Arriving by canoe is definitely the way to go and actually much more efficient when going out to tour the local environs. Although the nearby towns are connected to the larger roadway infrastructure of the haunts, the history of this area is based on the river. As a result, the most efficient way to get around is via canoe on the river itself.
Below are a few pictures and a short video at the bottom of the post. We went with our friends the Davis who are also here in Ecuador for a year and visiting from Michigan. Youll see them in the photos here and there. We all had a great time together.
Arriving by Canoe
The Pool at Casa del Suizo
Ethan Dresses Up For A Special Event - Jungle Style
On The Big Rope Swing
Jon Gives it a Try
A Nice View During the Hike
A Beautiful Moth Resting on our Guide's Machete
This Tree's Seed Pods are used for Face Painting
See What I Mean?
Drinking the Local Fermented Drink, "Chichi"
Sunset on the Napo River
Monkeying Around at the Animal Rescue
This Little Guy, Pigmy Spider Monkey, was the Size of your Hand
Video - Click Play Twice