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Will They Drill in Yasuni National Park?

The world media are reporting that the government secured a $117 Million downpayment (well over the 100 million needed) before December 31st 2011 to protect Yasuni National Park from being drilled for oil. Firstly this is fantastic news that this important issue is still in the...

Yasuni ITT Initiative

Here is a translation of an interview with Roque Sevilla, the ex-president of the Yasuni ITT Commission who also helped draw up the borders of Yasuni National Park 32 years ago and. The Yasuni ITT initiative is a project that aims to preserve the most biologically diverse region...

Tribes of the Amazon

There are many ethnically distinct tribes in the Amazon Rainforest. Of these indigenous groups Ecuador has some of the most interesting that have fascinated anthropologists for decades for of their practice of Shamanism and Shrinking Heads. The three main tribes of the Ecuadorian...

Emilio Palacio and Ecuador Politics

For the last couple of weeks the news in Ecuador has been dominated by a court case that throws into doubt the future of freedom of expression in this small Andean nation. President Rafael Correa has sued the journalist Emilio Palacio and three board members of the newspaper El...

Canoa de Ecuador on New Years

Here are some photos off Dane from Melbournes camera first of the Animal Rescue Center and then on the coast at Canoa where we celebrated New Years Eve! Check out these photos of the Tapir, the largest land mammal in Latin America. It roams around in the jungle around the Animal...

Political Unrest: President Kidnapped, Police fight Military

Yesterday there was an huge amount of political unrest in Ecuador that saw the country collapse into chaos. If you are worried then I can tell you with 100% certainty its all over now, order has been restored and its perfectly safe to travel. The unrest started when elements of...

Rich Helping the Poor to Save Ecuadorian Amazon

Its been an interesting week in the news; first came the announcement that Bill Gates and Warren Buffet, the two richest men in America who have already given over half their money to philanthropy (notably the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation) have spent the last few months...

Street Kids, Car Thiefs, and Glue Sniffing

I witnessed a very sad sight last night. I had just arrived in Riobamba after spending 9 hours on a bus back and forth from quito to finally get my visa. On friday night Riobamba is always alive as hundreds of young people walk up and down the main Avenida; in and out of...