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March 5, 2007
From journal Elemental Ecuador
Bar Harbor, Maine
June 8, 2006
From journal Amazonian Adventure
New York, New York
March 21, 2005
Our lodge is on the Anagucocha Lake, which is a large lake filled with caimans (we went on a nighttime caiman watch one night) and a family of giant 8-foot otters. In order to get to any of the trails, we had to take the dugout canoe.
One day we visited the Quichua community of Anangu, where I was the fortunate person to receive a cleansing done by the local shaman (this fully energized me, but the shaman hit me for a while with some leaves and then blew into my hair for several minutes).
The special things about our jungle lodge (versus Sacha Lodge) included our lodge being smaller (10 huts), and therefore you don't have the crowds, and the fact that our lodge is half owned by the Quichua community, therefore half of all profits go to the tribe. This is wonderful for two reasons: first, it helps the tribe, but also, it helps prevent the oil companies from taking over the community. (There is a real problem in the rain forest with the oil companies, and you can see evidence of drilling throughout. Because this is upsetting so many locals and there are reports of violence, the workers in the oil companies get continuous security protection.) The other half of the profits goes to the NGO that approached the tribe and built the lodge.
The main attraction of the Napo Wildlife Center is the two parrot licks in the area. A parrot lick is a large natural mound of clay. The seeds that the parrots eat are poisonous, so the parrots seek these parrot licks to neutralize the poison. Therefore, on nice mornings, hundreds of parrots and parakeets flock to these licks. The Oriente is truly a rain forest. The trails were muddy, and we were always being rained on, but I loved it.
From journal The Galapagos Islands