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After 17 months

Time to start

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OK, so I have been in Ecuador for 17 months now, and have seen and done some incredible things. I experimented with Ayahuasca with the Tsachila, gone whale watching at the height of their migration, straddled the equator (after having crossed to the south of it for the first time ever in my life), and even suffered a near death experience in Cuenca as the fireworks shot into the awed crowd! My greatest journey has been all on the inside, though, and I want to start sharing it all!

As a Peace Corps Volunteer, I get the amazing opportunity to struggle through local community development work as a Natural Resources Conservation & Ecotourism Consultant. There are some ups involved, maybe more downs, but it is truly the greatest opportunity I could have asked for here in Ecuador. I want to share all about this, too!

So get to the REI of your mind and gear up for some amazing adventures. I will offer real accounts of my experiences, and offer travel advice. We will go to all the corners of Ecuador together, through soppy bogs of Paramo ecosystem, muddy trails where horses haul the timber harvest out of the Amazon, and even to those in between places you never hear about.

We're lucky, because we have Peace Corps Volunteers all over the country, who are willing to accept us into the places where they live and talk about the unseen travesties and valiant efforts of those rural dwellers who are struggling to keep up with modern "development." It's a perspective worth considering every time we make choices while on holiday.

I hope my point of view, or my 'travellers point,' which is a conservationist one, will excite you! More than that, I hope that I can grow tremendously as a person along the way.

Posted by bpnelson 11:47 Archived in Ecuador Tagged travel responsible tourism community conservation ecotourism

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