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Dec 23, 2014 - Howler monkeys and piranha fishing

The whole early morning routine was beginning to feel old hat, if not comfortable, by our third morning. We were fed, coffeed and ready to go at 5:30 am, gliding down the blackwater in search of red howler monkeys. We had seen white faced capuchins and spider monkeys on previous days, but the big daddies are the red howlers who make the most noise you can imagine. They are much bigger than the capuchins and spider monkeys and look more like orangutans but still live in the high canopy despite their size. They are a bright reddish brown...

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Dec 22, 2014 - Parrot Salt Lick, the Sani village and an evening sojourn

I never questioned or even wondered where creators of electronic noises got their inspiration until a bird began making the sound that I most associate with an electronic alarm at about 4am. I could feel my conscious mind startle and then start to pay attention to the sound which was not quite regular. I could sense my mind listening and then analyzing the sound (is it an alarm? Can't be, it's not regular. But it's almost regular and it sounds just like the beep of an alarm. But it can't be, it's only 4am. But man it sounds like an...

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Dec 21, 2014 - The Canopy Adventure

It really doesn't matter how early you go to bed, 4:40 am comes waaaaaaay too early for anyone, but most especially if you've just finished exams, and have been writing your last paper on an 8 hour flight from the northern hemisphere to the southern hemisphere. Such was the plight of our group when the alarm went off the next morning. There was more than a little grumbling and no excess of hygiene before we all set off to the dining hall in our newly issued wellington boots, bug spray and hats. Fortunately, there was a cheerful guide and a...

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Dec 20, 2014 - The Arrival continued......

Getting off the plane in Coca was like being wrapped in a hot steam towel. Heat in the Amazon has a thickness, a tactile dimension that sits on your chest and makes it hard to breathe. We were instantly damp with sweat, and we stayed that way until we got back on the plane 4 days later! Our arrival st Sani Lodge was unusual in that we were about 3 hours late and the sun was setting as we arrived to the Napo River stop (or "the warehouse" as it was referred to by the staff). The sun rises at 6 and sets at 6 pretty consistently every day in...

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Feb 13, 2010 - South America Three - Jungle Plus

SATURDAY 06/02/10 Up fairly early again to meet our tour guide for the day (Alfredo) and we headed up to Otovalo to the famous markets. We had an older Canadian couple with us and suffice it to say they could have been poms from all the whinging they did. Nevertheless we were only with them for the drive and soon trekked off on our own as soon as we were able. We had a brief stop at a local shop on the way but this proved little more than a pit stop on our way to the markets. Arrived to a cacophony of colours and smells with rows and rows...

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Jan 4, 2008 - La Selva Lodge

Today started the jungle portion of our tour. The first step, though, was getting there. The trip began auspiciously when we were dropped off at the VIP terminal, but started a bit downhill when the prop-jet pulled up. It was what I had envisioned, but a girl can hope. I had to do some deep breathing as we took off and had several moments where I had to do some conscious relaxing, but after a half hour trip we made it safely to the airport at Coca. A fairly short trip in an open sided bus took us to the dock—if it could be called that...see...

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Dec 29, 2007 - La Selva Lodge

HAPPY NEW YEAR from Ecudor, Flights went extremely smoothly. All these photos are from the Lake Garzacocha where La Selva Lodge is situated. We spent New Years with our new friends at La Selva. Saw lots of wildlife the monkeys being my favorite. Hope the pictures come out well. Going on a trip of Quito today and up to the Equitorial monument. Ron & Joan

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Ron & Joan in Ecudor

Oct 8, 2007 - Ecuador - Amazon Jungle

Visiting the Amazon was another of the many highlights of our trip so far. From Quito we flew to the small oil town of Coca and from there took a boat 150 kms down the Napo River to our lodge deep in the jungle on the smaller Yuturi River. The Napo is one of the two main tributaries to the Amazon River flowing all the way to the Atlantic Coast in Brasil and even at this early stage the river was around 500m wide. Our small group of 7 spent our 5 days walking, canoeing and swimming in the Yuturi Biological Reserve spotting heaps of different...

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Jul 4, 2007 - amazonia, catching pirahnas and monkeys

ok so after our one night in Quito we were off to the Amazon for some wildlife spotting, fishing and general jungle behaviour.. the first thing that I made sure didnt get packed was my razor... its time to be an unshaven jungle beast!!! we arrived on the monday after a 30 minute flight, 3 hour bus ride and 2 hour canoe ride. The canoe ride to the camp was great though because we saw three types of monkeys, an anaconda (only 3 metres long though) and plenty of birds. We had a guide who would take us out each day and show us the different...

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Aug 14, 2006 - Amazon Jungle

We arrived into the town of Coca at 7am, alter taking a 10 hour, overnight bus from Banos. We were advised that there was only one halfway-decent meeting place in this dingy oil-worker town, and arranged to meet our jungle guide there. Quick aside: a word about Coca. Coca's only purpose in life is to service the oil fields of Eastern Ecuador. Consequently, there's only three things in Coca: an airport that ferries oil workers and gear in and out of Coca, lots of heavy equipment storehouses (pipes, tractors, valves, etc), and single working...

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Mar 25, 2006 - In the Jungle.... The mighty jungle....

Well... we just arrived back in Quito today from our trip into the rain-forest to visit Courtney Sendall (Christine's bestest friend). You're very lucky that our website is acting up right now or I would have posted about 100 more bug photos!!! We had a nightmare of a time getting to the research center where Courtney is studying monkeys. We made reservations in advance, however they had no record of them and almost didn't pick us up. Then it was (on top of the 8 hour bus ride to get to Coca) another 8 hours of boats and trucks. Eventually...

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