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

Friday, January 22, 2010

A Night Out in the Rainforest

Hammock: check! Torch: check! Swim stuff: check! Snacks and yummy granola: check! We heave on our backpacks and set off for sat camp – a night of roughing it out in the jungle to be on site for dawn bird surveys the following day.

Trekking along Cascada trail, we break our journey with a refreshing dip in the waterfall before continuing to the site. We all get our hammocks sorted and gingerly test them, anticipating a sleepless night ahead. The rest of the afternoon is spent by the fire with coffee and dinner, or in Ali’s case, getting machete happy and building a man’s bench – not for girls!

Darkness has crept in – time for a night walk along the nearby river. Two snakes in 10 minutes – result!

Back in camp, the fire re-stoked and potatoes smouldering in the embers, we demolish bubble gum marshmallows and choc- cinnamon- sugar bananas – they are sweet!!

Knackered, bellies-full and suitably on edge following jungle ghost stories, we head for the hammocks – Amazing!!

Rachel Smith - GVI Amazon volunteer Jan-Feb 2009