The Jungle & River Experience
Ecuador's jungle area is called El Oriente, literally the
Orient, because the jungle is eastern Ecuador.  I started
out from Quito by plane, but now it's time to walk the
plank and board this vessel to reach camp on the
Aguarico River, headwaters to the Amazon River.
The Aguarico River could be lovely, when it did not rain.
This wilderness remains seriously threatened by oil
drilling, which Ecuador's government has encouraged as
a money maker.  It remains a controversial issue.
The rainforest provides so much cover that seeing wild
animals is unlikely.  This Squirrel Monkey was a pet at camp.
I like my trails extra dry.  This jungle hike turned into a
slog through rainforest swamps.  I felt miserable and
wanted to get back onto dry land.  The film I took of
leafcutter ants was some compensation, a video highlight.   
The machete was only a prop, which I never used.  It still
makes for a classic Intrepid Berkeley Explorer picture.
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