Dear Family and Friends,
The South America team is doing great in the rainforests of Ecuador! I had a lovely phone call from the team last night (Thursday), and got to speak with many of them. They sound great! They were celebrating American Thanksgiving at a restaurant in the city of Tena, about an hours drive from the rainforest biological station that is their home this week.
Since Sunday the team has been living in simple huts in the middle of the rainforest. Their days have been spent helping with the ongoing conservation effort being done by the Jatun Sacha foundation. Much of the team’s time has been spent working in the experimental organic gardens. Today (Friday) they were visiting communities that live on the edges of the rainforest and helping educate them on how to live in harmony with the forest. They have also had educational guided walks in the forest.
This Sunday the team will depart the rainforest and travel by bus about seven hours to the city of Quito. They will have all of Monday and Tuesday to explore the sites and bustling markets of Ecuador’s beautiful capital.
Then, next Wednesday, they will fly from Quito to the Galapagos Islands for a full week, and the final grand hurrah of their epic journey! More on that in an update later next week.
Please note that the team will continue to have limited access to internet and phone while in the rainforest.
As always, if anyone ever has any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me directly at any time.
I would like to wish a belated Happy Thanksgiving to all of the Americans!
Best wishes, Brad