Waking Up Achuar Style

Lying in my tent with only a 2cm foam "mattress" between me and the hard-packed earth, I wondered how I was ever going to get comfortable enough to actually go to sleep. Worst case I decided, I would just lie there watching the stars through my fly-screen window until the 4am wake up call. Next … Continue reading Waking Up Achuar Style

Achuar People: Guardians of the Amazon

Kapawi Eco-Lodge is part of a project belonging to the indigenous Achuar (ah-shwar) people who have lived in the Ecuadorian Amazon for hundreds of years. Their ancestral lands – nearly 2 million acres – straddle the modern borders of Ecuador and Peru, a remote area that has allowed them to preserve their way of life … Continue reading Achuar People: Guardians of the Amazon

Kapawi Amazon: 10 Days Walk From the Nearest Civilisation

I spent last week deep in the Ecuadorian Amazon basin. Getting there took most of the morning; a 4.5hr drive to Shell, then a 50 minute prop plane flight towards the Peruvian border, landing on a dirt airstrip where we transferred down the bank (literally) to a motorised canoe for a 40 minute ride down … Continue reading Kapawi Amazon: 10 Days Walk From the Nearest Civilisation

The Famous Otavalo Market

Every Saturday the Otavalo Market in Plaza de los Ponchos swells in size to include peripheral streets, all crammed with small stalls featuring among other things - silver jewellery, painted wooden figures, brightly coloured blankets, scarves, sweaters, hats, gloves and socks made from alpaca wool (so soft and light), leather belts, fake shrunken heads, woven … Continue reading The Famous Otavalo Market

Otavalo

For $2, I took a bus 2.5 hours north of Quito to spend a week hanging out (and getting over my altitude sickness) in the town of Otavalo, located at an altitude of 2565m in the Northern Andes. I wasn't going to lose any altitude in a hurry! Buses go about every 20 minutes so … Continue reading Otavalo