Because of the rain, the whole jungle looked very green (as you can see on the picture).
It was a great view.
But it was not so easy to spot birds, while walking. As with a group of 10, there is always some noise, and then thee birds fly away, when they hear something approaching.
It was much easier to spot birds from the boat. But then it was more difficult to make pictures from the boat.
Ooch, yes, I found it pretty exciting to make such a walk in the jungle.
Also along the road the local guide Freddy, explained the use of plants and animals by the locals.
Like this we did eat small lemon ants. No, no, it was not disgusting; you just put some ants on your tongue and taste some lemon.
He also told us about the use of certain plants to heal some diseases.
I think that in this period (July), it rains a lot. All the paths were very muddy and slippery.
Lucky for us there were good rubber boots to wear. Only for the people with big feet (above 46), there was a problem. But these guys knew it and they brought a pair of boots from Holland.
And also they gave the boots to the staff after wards, so they could use them for future tourists.
As you can see on the picture, the paths were very muddy, and so were our pants after the walk.
As we woke up the first morning, it was raining.
Of course it is part of it, and we all thought when you are visiting the rain forest, it must be raining. Not the whole period, but at least a few hours.
So we started our first jungle walk in the rain.
The staff of the camp provided us with good ponchos and rubber boots.
We started our trip with a half an hour boat ride. Then we went a shore and walked for about 3 hours.
It was a great experience to walk in the rain in the rain forest.
Of course it is not so interesting for making pictures, as it is a matter of keeping your equipment dry.
Of course we also spotted a lot of birds. We saw them in all sizes, big and small.
I just loved spotting those birds of prey, like the hawks we did see.
Oooh, they are floating in the sky, Oooh what a beautiful view.
Of course it was not always easy to make a good picture while seated in a rocking boat.
From the bridge were we started our boat trip, we had about three hours to admire the beauty of the Ecuadorian rain forest.
Every time our guide spotted an animal, we stopped to listen to his explanation, and for making pictures.
Like this we spotted these two monkeys, and soon the question followed : Who is watching who?
Note the thick fury tail of the left monkey.
In the park there are living several Indian tribes like the Sionas, the Cofanes and the Secoyas. There isn't much difference in the culture of these tribes. They have very common habits.
Most of these tribes have regularly contact with the Western world, but still are very faithful to their own culture.
I must say that during our three day stay we did not see many of them.
It was great to explore the jungle by boat. Well in fact it is the only possibility to enter deeply in the jungle. As there are only small muddy foot paths in the jungle, no big roads.
In the beginning it was a bit scary in the boat because of the rocking, but after a while you get used to it, and you are more relaxed in the canoe, and you enjoy the trip more.