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

Monday, February 7, 2011

A Visit to Hector’s Island

On Thursday morning we took the bus to Coca. It was the first time we had internet access in 4 weeks and nearly everyone had a huge plate of chicken.

After lunch we had an hours canoe ride to Hector’s Island in the middle of the Rio Napo where we spent the next 3 nights. On our walks we saw a lot of monkeys and two snakes. At midday when it was really hot, we jumped in the river or lay in a hammock.

My favourite moment was when I went fishing and caught surprisingly a big crab. I called the crab Hopper and gave him to Hector on the last day to say thank you. The last 3 days were definitely one of the highlights of the GVI Amazon expedition.

Olaf Wilson - GVI Amazon volunteer, Jan-Feb 2011