Tsachila Community:    The Tsachilas, recognizable by their red-dyed hair, live separated, agrarian lives. There is no main Tsachila villiage; the families who are part of the Tsachila community live on their own farms, separated by the jungle from other community members. Therefore, even though the Tsachila “villiage” we stayed at, Búa, was the largest… Read More


“Did you see the little dead bodies?” That is what Lilly asked me Thursday night.  Okay, relax, it’s not what you think. We had a farewell party before we left Agato and the families cooked us their local delicacy – guinea pigs. So, when Lilly inquired about the little dead bodies she was only referring… Read More


Update number two for you lucky people with access to hot water. We said goodbye to Quito last Friday and travelled up north to Otavalo. For the last week we have been staying with the indigenous people of the Agato community. A few of the families have taken us into their homes so we really… Read More


So we survived the week, we also managed to speak some Spanish and we are yet to get lost. What can I say, it’s a week of successes.  On Tuesday we took a bus tour around Quito which gave us fantastic views of the city. Ecuador is an odd combination of modern and old, run… Read More


Hi, my name is Charlie and I’m psyched to be blogging for a small group of us intrepid explorers as we head out to Ecuador. Well, I say intrepid but I for one am terrified and, with only a few days to go before we leave, I’m pretty sure my team mates will be too.… Read More


  We made it to the Amazon after a long and windy road trip. On the way, we were fortunate to have stopped at a bakery to somewhat satisfy our appetites.   We journeyed across a small river via ferry boat, which was exciting. Shortly after reaching land, we arrived at the Gaia Lodge, which… Read More


July 23   We all arose early to catch our 10:40 am flight and ended up hiring our own bus because the booked one didn’t show up. All went well and we checked our bags and got through security without a problem.   We had some lunch at an airport cafe and then waited until… Read More


July 17th Naomi and I ate breakfast then walked to Charlotte and Alexi’s house at 8:30. Everyone walked up together to Pakarinka.   There, we waited inside for news about today’s work. While we waited, I finished writing the blog for last week. Since there was a chance of rain, work was cancelled at the… Read More


July 7 We arrived in Agato on Friday and chilled with our host families. We were promptly split into our respective homes – 2 per house. I am rooming with Naomi en la casa de Roselena y Juan (in Roselena and Juan’s house). We have 6 “siblings:” 2 are living with their wives out of… Read More