Yasuni
Yasuni

One of the most pristine Amazon rainforests in the world

Quito
Quito

Protests against oil drilling in Yasuni in front of the Presidential Palace

Cuenca
Cuenca

Protest against oil drilling in Yasuni National Park

Coca, on the Rio Napo
Coca, on the Rio Napo

A transport hub boom town serving oil workers and Amazon lodge tourists

Jungle Street Food in Coca
Jungle Street Food in Coca

Fish barbequed or steamed in banana leaves

Coca
Coca

The main tourist dock in front of an airplane disco and new suspension bridge - Coca is booming!

Scene along the wide River Napo
Scene along the wide River Napo
Scene along the Rio Napo
Scene along the Rio Napo
Tall ceiba tree
Tall ceiba tree
Impossibly blue Amazonian sky
Impossibly blue Amazonian sky

With opaque white clouds - in between brief rain showers during our time of year

More Amazonian skies
More Amazonian skies
Oil roads in Yasuni
Oil roads in Yasuni

Damaging incursions into the Amazon bring destruction of the rainforest (Photo: National Geographic)

Napo River
Napo River

Oil workers on the river bank

Oil workers
Oil workers

Digging exploratory wells in the Amazon rainforest

Striking change in water color
Striking change in water color

The edge of the coffee brown Rio Napo where a narrow black-water creek begins

Welcome sign
Welcome sign

Home of the Añangu Kichwa Community

Oropendolo bird nests
Oropendolo bird nests

Dangle like earrings from a chonta palm

Amazon tree
Amazon tree

Yellow flowers growing right out of a tree trunk - too anxious to need branches

Blue Morpho
Blue Morpho

A giant flash of electric blue around our heads is magic

Napo Wildlife Center
Napo Wildlife Center

Silently paddling down a black-water creek, heading to the Lodge from the Napo River

Diverse tropical vegetation
Diverse tropical vegetation

Hemming us in along a black-water creek

Hoatzin (Stinky Turkey)
Hoatzin (Stinky Turkey)

Close cousins to prehistoric birds

Ficus and strangler fig
Ficus and strangler fig

Big buttress roots

Napo Wildlife Center
Napo Wildlife Center

reflected in Lake Añangucocha

NWC sunset
NWC sunset

The restaurant is the building to the right with the landing dock

NWC sunset
NWC sunset

On tranquil Lake Añangucocha

Napo Wildlife Center
Napo Wildlife Center

Kichwa guide paddling a cayuca with the NWC in the background

Napo Wildlife Center
Napo Wildlife Center

President of the Añagua Kichwa Community with her swaddled newborn

Canopy tower
Canopy tower

Built around an ancient ceiba tree, the tower afforded great birdwatching from 30 meters above the ground in the tree canopy

Clay lick on Rio Napo
Clay lick on Rio Napo

Parrots flock here daily in the thousands to eat the minerals they need to counteract toxic seeds and nuts in their diet.

Walking palm
Walking palm

Roots that "walk", shifting the plant's location into better sunlight and nutrient area

Bug with huge jaws
Bug with huge jaws

This insect was bigger than my hand - I mean HUGE jaws

Giant River Otter
Giant River Otter

We watched a family of these rare mammals fishing in the creek near the Lodge (Photo by Duplaix)

Noisy Night Monkey
Noisy Night Monkey

Peeking from their tree nest (Photo: T. Laman). This could have been my photo if I had the right camera equipment!

Rare Golden Mantled Tamarin
Rare Golden Mantled Tamarin

Symbol of the Napo Wildlife Center (Photo: T. Laman)

Hotel Termes de Papallacta
Hotel Termes de Papallacta
Hotel Termes de Papallacta
Hotel Termes de Papallacta
Papallacta
Papallacta

Stone Egg Sculpture in front of the hotel at Papallacta - it looks like a work by Andy Goldsworthy

Balanerio at Pappallacta
Balanerio at Pappallacta

Chuck relaxing in a warm pool