I suppose we should start with a little oil history since oil is essentially what has made kayaking possible in Ecuador’s Oriente. Plus I’ll throw in a little bit about what the Oriente was like before oil, roads,and kayakers. I know that may sound a bit strange; and, kayakers as a group, are often at odds with oil development, but the plain and simple truth is that we wouldn’t be kayaking in Ecuador if it weren’t for the access roads that Texaco built back in the 1970s. But, Ecuador’s oil history started long before 1970, and so I’ll dedicate this blog (part 1) to a little precursor before we talk about Texaco.
Larry’s group, look for your blog coming next! And more super exciting Ecuadorian history!