I don't know if the New Agers or George Lucas are right, but there seems a palpable energy emanating from the thick blanket of life all around you here. I dunno, maybe that was the national convention of municipalities in Tena for the weekend. The climate here is so pleasant that I could see Diana already formulating the opinion that she later expressed that this is her favorite place in Ecuador so far. Even in the hottest part of the day, stay in the shade and it's really just the perfect balance of temperature and humidity.
Our first stop was for a short interpretive walk along the riverbank. It is just astounding that wherever you are in the jungle there are probably 1,000 different species of plant and bug and whatnot within arm's reach, and probably 100 of those are used to some amazing practical purpose by the natives. And it bears repeating what most of you know that most of the medicine produced commercially in the world comes from or synthesizes something from the Amazon jungle.
|No pain, no gain|
the official one) that all hike 40 feet up this tree in the cool of night to munch leaves. In the heat of the day they regroup and snuggle up to make this patch on the tree that is so creepy looking, no animal would ever think of eating them (I may have embellished that last part).
|Tree huggers welcome|
|No, seriously; go right ahead|
|Really no big deal after chicken feet|
|Yep, still just one tooth missing...|
|Et tu, Toucan?|
|What, there are no mirrors in jungle!|
|Juls started carrying this after seeing a bug. Overkill, maybe?|
|The local face paint...|
|Look, Honey, natives|
|Not actual size...|
|Do not approach the approaching animals|
|Aww, can we keep her? Huh, can we?|
|Not just some word Scott Black made up|
And then we realized we had a whole day of this ahead of us and so we stopped considering for awhile...
|I'm learning a ton, Mom!|