Its been an interesting and fun week in Quito,All the group have finally arrived and all really nice and we are having a laugh. After the initial problems of getting of the Altitude – which will always cause some issues which you just have to get used too. Quito is a huge city that is nestled in a valley surrounded by mountains and old volcanoes and is about nine and a half to ten thousand feet above sea level.
Today we went up the Teleferico which is a cable car that takes you 12 and a half thousand feet up a volcano and you get amazing views and can do some fantastic walks. I spotted a few different birds, butterflies and lots of lovely flowers and plants.
In the afternoon 11 of us went to the Equator Museum Real one as with with the use of gps they discovered the monument was actually about 500 meters away from Equator. At the Equator we learnt all about how the sun and the earth forces act on the Equator and Yes water does flow either clockwise or anti clockwise depending where you are it is no myth, we did many other fun tests and also learnt about the culture etc of Indigenous people.
The Capital is Quito, I will be based a 15-minute canoe ride from the
tiny community of Mondaña (A) and working in the Yachana Reserve and the
neighbouring community of Puerto Rico.
If I mention places use this map to find them if possible
The saying goes that that life begins at 40, Well for me it is at 39 and a half. Why Ecuador I hear you ask, all through my life I have always be enthralled and in awe when watching documentaries or are looking at photographs involving the Rainforest, Even more so since I became involved with my local Wildlife Trust and took up Nature Photography/Entomology on the verge of Geekdom. Yes Ecuador it is a bit out of the norm for a trip and living/working/learning in the Rainforest will be a challenge and take me out of my comfort zone, But it will help my knowledge and expertise grow and I will also grow and come back as a new person.
Please note that due to my location I may not have much access to the Internet, I will be writing a daily blog but will only be able to upload it and photographs when I have Internet access. So please bear to me and subscribe to my blog then you will be informed when there are any updates.
I decided to write a blog to keep family, friends and colleagues up-to-date of my experience Also I will be interacting through my blog with Children from Red Lane Primary. If anyone else learns or decides to get involved because of this blog that would be fantastic. Once back I have plans to develop other nature themed and informative blogs.
But for now I will leave you with a few final thoughts. (more…)