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 thing I knew, I was getting woken up. It was time to start my day Achuar style. Read more
Posts tagged ‘Oriente’
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 with little outside influence or colonization. Due to their location, the Achuar had limited contact with Westerners until the 1960’s, and so have preserved their culture, ancestral traditions and beliefs. Sumpa, an Achuar shaman has asked me to tell you about the Achuar people who live in the Amazon. Read more
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 the Pastaza and Capahuari rivers to the lodge. The eco-lodge I stayed at, Kapawi (Kap pah wee) is located in one of the most pristine and isolated points in the Amazon Basin. No logging or oil drilling has been done here and the closest town is ten days walk away. Read more