Category: Ecuador

Why Yasuni matters to all of us #saveYasuninow

A six-year initiative to protect a vital part of the most biodiverse region on Earth has come to an end in Ecuador. President Rafael Correa announced yesterday that the Yasuni-ITT project, which asked governments and organisations around the world to support Ecuador financially in return for keeping oil in the ground, is no longer viable. The Yasuni rainforest forms part…

The magic of the rainforest – how Shiripuno saved my Ecuador trip

I posted before my trip to Ecuador how unsure I was about returning to the rainforest. In a nutshell, I didn’t think anything could come close to my Mamiraua experiences from my first visit to South America. My first week in Ecuador somehow didn’t live up to my expectations. Something was missing. Shiripuno taught me that sometimes it’s just about…

Touching the sky in Quito

It’s not often a marketing slogan rings true, but ‘toca el cielo’ or ‘touch the sky’ seems the perfect fit for Quito, a city ringed by volcanoes, some of them still active. After spending the first week wondering why I just wasn’t clicking with Ecuador, Quito went a long way to turning it around. The thing that really made the…

Tales of the unexpected in rural Ecuador

“Miguel? Miguel Andrango?” The taxi driver’s voice rang out again. More insistent this time. I shrugged. Maybe Ecuador’s most famous weaver wasn’t in. It was Sunday, after all. Finally, after five minutes the side door creaked open. This little, nondescript village high in the hills above Otavalo was home to a man renowned for his skill in creating beautiful textiles.…