August 15, 2011
Ecuador was an amazing trip and there was so much to see. I spent 8 days tracking Giant River Otters in the Amazon at Yasuni National Park and then 2 weeks photographing in the Galapagos. I didn’t get to spend any time in the cities of Ecuador except for a morning in Guayaquil (that I was not impressed with) so I can’t speak much about Ecuador other than its natural areas. Ecuador has amazing biodiversity with a large section of the Amazon in its boundaries, a beautiful part of the Andes Mountains and of course the Galapagos are considered one of the most pristine natural places on earth today. However, the Ecuadorian government is extremely corrupt and its natural landscapes are in jeopardy. In the following posts about the Amazon and the Galapagos I will try and touch on some of the key issues threatening the two areas and as always I will give some tips on how to be a responsible tourist when traveling there.
Here’s a little sneak peak of what you’ll be seeing here for the next month so be sure to check back often for lots more photos and stories from Ecuador!