Darcy meeting some new chica friends
We had a grand time seeing old friends, getting reacquainted, meeting new friends and catching up with all our favorite rivers.
There was, of course, a small adjustment period getting back into the Ecua-way of living. First of all, we have to adjust to having awesome fresh fruits and veggies. Then we have to re-adjust to listening to rega-ton. Next is watching Greg invent 10 new hand shakes with each shuttle driver we have and, oh yeah, gotta re-adjust to paddling in a shorty top. Life is rough down here!
Greggy punching holes in Oro Pendula Island on the Chingual
Over in Tena seems things to have changed less (except for a few logs and access points). The Jondachi, Piatua and Misahualli are rather prone to changes in big floods, but all those rivers are more or less the same.
The boys doing their community service road improvement project
A highlight of the early season this year for me and Don was a run down the Topo river with local paddler Lucho. We hadn’t paddled the Topo for almost 5 years and it was great to get back. They are currently building a hydro project on this river so access is a little tricky, but with Lucho, it was no problem!
Sorry I could only take 1 photo, but Lucho was flying down the river and I had to concentrate on keeping up, not on taking photos;-)
Look for Lucho on the future SWA guide roaster–this guy is the MAN!
Our group road trip was up north to some of our favorite rivers up there. We were lucky enough to see Toucans, hawks, and color tanagers. The bird watching contingency should definitely move their tours to Northern Ecuador! That place rocks for the birdies (and the kayaking).
In other news, Larry is busy training up our awesome new cooks–Liliana and Jemana. He is also working on new guide housing for Greg and Liam. Guy is busy planning and plotting the new SWA hot tub, and Tarquino is a loco as ever!
We have just completed our first trip of the season and all the guests are in route to Quito with Memo and are as happy as can be.
We’ve also started doing daily water level and weather updates. Weather prediction is nearly impossible here in the Amazon Basin so we figured we’d at least tell you what happened and what is currently happening with the water levels and weather here. Check it out, yo: Ecuador Water Levels and Weather Updates