The End of an Era

After over 6 years of intensive research and community development work in and around the Yachana Reserve, GVI Amazon is coming to a close. We have finished our final research project (look forward to our Road Effects paper, coming soon!) and are handing over the project to our partner, The Yachana Foundation. They will continue to maintain and monitor the reserve, using it as an hands-on science education center for students -- we're very excited to see what fabulous things this next generation of scientists find! For more detail on GVI Amazon's closure, and our accomplishments over the years, please read on...
GVI Amazon Closure Statement

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

New Staff on Base

On Monday 28th September, a new field staff member and intern, John and Lucy, started with GVI on the Ecuadorian Amazon Expedition. After a staff dinner in Quito and some shopping for field supplies, Samantha, Leeron, Mike, John and I went ahead to ensure the camp was ready prior to the arrival of the volunteers.

The trip to the GVI Amazon base camp was brilliant. First we caught a bus down from the bright sierra, winding through the gnarled cloud forests, across rickety bridges, through vast valleys and to the steamy edges of the Oriente. As well as breathtaking glimpses of some of Ecuador’s astounding diversity, we were entertained on the five hour, bumpy ride by some avian passengers- a few friendly chickens and a ready supply of tasty local snacks sold along the way. We knew we were getting closer to the rainforest as humidity leapt up 80% and banana plants and forest birds, such as caciques, could be seen.

We broke up the journey with a night in Tena, a jungle town on the Rio Napo, indulging in pizza and a few last cold beers. The next morning a further bumpy bus ride took us to a small village Los Rios (The Rivers), where a motor canoe met us and our belongings and took us to the GVI Amazon base camp. The half hour trip along the wide white water Napo River (full of white Andean sediment not torrential cascades), took us past the Yachana Lodge (run by GVI’s partner’s the Yachana Foundation), Agua Santa (a local community that holds a weekly market) and a few water birds before arrival at the base port. The 200 plus stairs to camp from port weren’t as bad as rumour had it or maybe it was just my excitement to reach base camp.


amnon said...

Hi to all,
I'm sitting in work, reading ur blog. I'm Leeron's dad, Amnon tagger ( East Brunswick, NJ.
It is so funny, reading about ur trip to campin the internet, few days after I spoke to Lee. His last call was that he is in camp.
I hope ur expedition will be a success and u all return safe.
Say hello to Lee, we all love U and dont come back too soon. enjoy.