Amazon Adventure Part II

We arrived at our host family’s home by taravita (Spanish for rusty and life-threatening cable car) late the next afternoon after walking through sweltering heat and pouring rain from the bus drop off point a few kilometres away. Apparently few volunteers venture out this way, preferring the creature comforts of life in the city. All … Continue reading

Amazon Adventure Part I

The word Amazon conjures in the imagination wildly primitive, exotic images – lush, dense tropical forests, steamy days bathing in wide anaconda infested rivers, grass huts, exotic foods, colourful and diverse wildlife, and some of the most preserved indigenous civilizations on the face of our planet. Those images are spot on! The Amazon is one … Continue reading

10 Observations of Life in Intag

We came, we saw, we conquered (or not quite!) but sadly our time in Cuellaje has come to an end. We met some of the loveliest people so far on our trip here, played games with the kiddies, got to know the local customs, the food and get accustomed to waking up while the sky … Continue reading

Sugar, No Spice and All Things Rice – Last Weeks in Cuellaje

They don’t call it rainy season for nothing! Life and work in Cuellaje has been progressing, albeit at snail’s pace, bogged down with heavy rainfall, the occasional landslide, and well just lifestyle in general in this corner of the world. The South Americans aren’t known for their exceptional organisational and time management skills, and in … Continue reading

La Loma Kids Win a Trip to Cuicocha

As part of the Government of the Parish of Cuellaje’s efforts to clean up and green-up this beautiful part of the world, for the past several weeks they have been running a competition between the schools in the Parish to see who could collect the most plastic bottles. Last week the results came in and … Continue reading

Bringing in the New Year Living and Working in the Cloud Forest

The Parish of Cuellaje is a conglomeration of seven different communities situated in the mountain region of Intag, amongst the cloud forest. The region is extremely rich in ecological biodiversity and its lush green pastures and sub-tropical forests are home to many animal species and workplace for many farmers. The climate provides the communities here with the … Continue reading

Helping to Develop Sustainable Tourism in Cuellaje

Cuellaje is situated in the Intag Zone of Ecuador, well known for its riches in ecological biodiversity and the famous endangered Andean Bear. Unfortunately the region is not untouched by mining activity. The town of Junin has become a mining hub in Intag, despite its proximity to the nationally protected Cotacachi-Cayapas Ecological Reserve. During 2006-07 the people of the … Continue reading

Christmas Festivities in the Mountains of Ecuador

Imagine a place folded into the surrounding mountains that plunge into the valley way down below. A place where water flows in such an abundance that every inch of land is tainted green with vegetation, where mountain peaks drift in and out of the cloud forest and where the most deafening sound is that of … Continue reading

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