Alfredo and Isabelle purchased the spectacular 8 hectare (19 acre) property two years ago. In that time they have created an absolute paradise in the jungle, with two ziplines, over a kilometer of trails, a natural swimming pool fed by their private waterfall, and a lovely duplex house. Soon they will be adding several private cabins, with the dream to have a wonderful resort for folks to relax, learn about the jungle plants, animals, and indigenous people. They are approaching the project from an ecologically sound perspective, and will be reforesting much of the area which had been used for agriculture before their arrival.
|Pool fed by waterfall|
|Sampling a natural exfoliater|
We visited an ethnobotanical forest park, Omaere, http://www.fundacionomaere.org/espanol/newhomespanish.htm created by an American biologist Chris Canady and his indiginous Shuar wife to showcase the medicinal plants and practices of the Shuar people, one of two indiginous peoples of the Ecuadorean Amazon. Canady gave us a two hour tour, and we learned of the amazing diversity of the Oriente jungle, the various plants and potions used by the Shuar healers, and the lifestyles of the Shuar today, many of whom still live much as they have for hundreds of years in the jungle.
|Isabelle looking at a tiny orchid with magnifying glass|
|Cindi with a Lipstick flower|
Bugs in the jungle are fantastic. You never know what will wind up on the porch!!!
|Tasty platter of grubs at a local eatery....(no, we havent got the nerve up to try....YET)|