Ecuadorian Amazon Day 2

January 13, 2014

Today we mostly spent hiking through the rainforest. This was broken up into two main hikes: the first from the river to a Huaorani village near the airport we flew into and the second, a circuit near our lodge. Over the day we saw all sorts of amazing things including massive trees, tiny fungi, bats, birds, butterflies, frogs, insects, spiders, scorpions, and more. We even returned from our first hike to find a grasshopper the size of my fist had managed to sneak into our room.

On top of the sights, there are also the sounds--never a silent moment, whether you hear the cry of the cicada, the calls of birds, the croaking of frogs, the chirping of crickets, the pitter-patter of rain, or some mix of all of these and more. And even some tastes--we ate lemon bugs that live inside a specific species of tree and fight off competition. They have a strong lemon flavor when you eat them, gained from eating the tree's sap.

Tomorrow we hope to go for some early morning bird watching followed by some demonstrations of Huaorani hunting techniques--it promises to be a quite interesting day.