Last Days in the Amazon
Trip Start Dec 29, 2012
53Trip End Aug 15, 2013
The camping was luxurious compared to what we are used to! We had real mattresses and sheets in huge tents, flush toilets and tables to eat at. In fact, the only real difference between this spot and the lodge was the fact that everything was more or less MORE "open-air" than the lodge, even though the lodge was very airy and open. The boys proceeded to fish for most of the evening and a campfire was heartily attempted despite the hard rain for most of the day today. The river level rose very high and the next day we were told that our canoe had actually floated downstream, but one of the Huaorani noticed and had to run to the closest village, borrow a little canoe and retrieve our large one, thirty minutes away. I am glad he caught it early enough before it flipped over!
We went for a morning hike to a beautiful waterfall. The hill was steep, straight up and I thank Ignasio for making me a walking stick! Once at the top of the hill, there were steep stairs that were built into the soil. We carefully made our way down to a magical spot.
We traveled on, coming to a bridge, simply known as "The Bridge" to the people. We got out of our canoe and had a packed lunch and bought snacks at a little store while our dugout was loaded up with supplies that were brought by road. We traveled by taxi truck to the small city of Coca on what is known as the Texaco road. Essentially, it's a road built by the oil companies to all their drills and whatever else they use to get oil. There the Amazon has been cleared and people live in shanty towns that several oil pipes travel through. The forest here, although still green, is sparse. The indigenous people that are lured to work for the oil companies are drawn away from the forest life they have known and alcoholism and prostitution along "Texaco" road is abundant.
Once we arrived in Coca, we took a short flight back to Quito and our wonderful room at Casona de la Ronda