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

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Huaorani Jungle Challenge DAY TWO

The GVI Amazon 2012 Huaorani Jungle Challenge is now complete, 15 GVI Amazon volunteers and staff members made their way down muddy hills, across fast flowing rivers, up monstrous inclines, helped build part of a traditional house and paddled along a river in the depths of the Amazon rainforest. Thank you to all of the volunteers who took part and a massive thank you to everyone who has donated, so far we have raised a whopping £4343 (14/03/2012). If you haven’t donated yet and want to add your own contribution visit

Over the coming days we will be posting a blog from each day of the challenge written by our intrepid explorers. So, here is how the second day went…. and remember to check back every couple of days!

Phil B, Assistant Base Manager

Challenge - Day 2

Day 2 of the challenge starts at 6:30am in the casa typica of the Huorani

community of Wentaro on the Shiripuno river. We are briefly taken to see some of their handy c


fts they had for sale which included beaded jewellery, string hammocks and blow darts. Howeve

r before we got too comfortable we were back on the trails, crossing swollen rivers and swamp

y bogs, oh and of course it wouldn’t be a challenge without the rain. Just as we arrive at our next destination of Keweriono the sun begins to shine again. We are met by GVI Interns Mark a

nd Anna who are dressed in traditional Hourani wear although a few items are added to the costum

e to avoid revealing too much. We are then greeted by Moi and a traditional Hourani dance. We

had made it!

Lewi Davies, 4 week volunteer