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Amazon Spanish Camp Report

Glenn Sterling sent us this report about the first Amazon Spanish Camp he organized and conducted.

One great way to get paid to travel to places you desire is as a Super Thinking + Spanish teacher.  Spiro Michas just enjoyed doing a tour in Uruguay and enjoyed conducting a course there.  Glenn Sterling always wanted to visit the Amazon so he organized course there last year.

Here is a report from Glenn on this first course.

Getting There – To the Amazon or Bust

By Glenn Sterling

Arriving was 99% of the adventure.  We’d flown from Quito, Ecuador.


Quito at night taken from Stubel Suites and Cafe.

We flew next morning for a half hour flight to Coca (named after a local Indian Community ) a city of about 60,000.


This was our Aerogal flight to Coca.

The bus was waiting for us at the Coca Airport and


took us to Coca. Once there we loaded onto a boat and donned life jackets.

Our seatbacks were slid into place and we began the 2.5 hour journey down the broad, shallow, silt-laden Napo River.


The weather is never chilly here but is frequently blessed with warmish showers.  Our ride was no exception, so we were wet but warm and our rears comforted by the deep foam seat bottoms.


There were lots of odd boats on the Napo, a tributary of the Amazon River. One had once been a jet!

In the Amazon, the river IS the highway.


Our guide, leader and naturalist, Rodrigo, showed us how to open a unique local fruit we’d found in our yummy, bagged lunches.  Bottled water accompanied our snack.


We sped downriver dodging islands of debris, tree stumps, clumps of floating grass and other items.

The river was widening as its banks collapsed from swollen waters and frequent rains.  Daunesh said “Hey, it’s a rain forest.”  It was.


Napo River bank.


We were never alone on the river.


The ponchos kept us dry.


Finally we felt alone in the jungle when we were led to a 15 minute walk down a boardwalk trail into the Amazon jungle.


Daunesh was among the first to arrive at our canoes and soon our Armada struck off through a narrow waterway.


The water way led to the open waters of Lake Garcocha (Heron lake in Quichua).


In another 10 minutes we arrived at the lodge on the edge of the lake.


Here is a picture of the roof of the lodge from the lake.


They had refreshing drinks and mouth watering snacks awaiting us  and after the travel adventure our appetites were ready.

There were night walks with flashlights and cameras helping us to enjoy the sights and sounds!

We were awakened early…after all.. So much to see!  So much to do!

One day we went up on the 135′ Observation Tower that gave us enchanting views of the jungle and wildlife.  Cacophonous sounds!  Bright colors everywhere…Symphony calls…red howler monkeys, exquisite views and breathtaking observations!

On the 3rd day, we took the Chaguamango Hermano Trail which is a neo tropical pharmacy walk in the forest.  Indigenous cures right and left everywhere.

That evening, we paddled the lagoon with a spotlight and star gazed.

The visit to Parrot Clay Licks, which is the most biologically diverse spot on earth in the Yasuni National Park…offered us the most amazing displays of the wild jungle world.  Hundreds and hundreds of parrots and parakeets are in the treetops then they dipped down to the clay banks to eat this soil rich in minerals…

A visit with a Amazonian Quichua family was a delight and wonderful visit. The Mandicocha Lagoon offered us flora and fauna found only in this type of rare forest.  We were overwhelmed with  butterflies everywhere and also had a chance to enjoy a massage inside a butterfly room!

We fished and our catches were cooked for dinner…a wonderfully exquisite experience overall…with thanks and awe for the natural forests.


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