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 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…

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…

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…

Just as good second time around? Heading back to the rainforest in Ecuador

Photo credit: sara y tzunky (Flickr creative commons) This summer I’ll be visiting a new country, Ecuador. Definitely looking forward to seeing some more Andean scenery, volcanoes and visiting Quito. But one element of our plans had me hesitating for weeks – visiting a remote jungle lodge in the Oriente. It’s not from any fear…