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Galapagos I: Sea Lions & Iguanas  Posted on 09/30/2014
The best thing about the Galapagos Islands, is that all the animals, birds and sea-life living there just go about their days as they would normally, unimpressed by humans wielding cameras. Boats, lounge chairs, picnic benches and...
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Waking Up Achuar Style  Posted on 09/28/2014
Lying in my tent with only a 2cm foam “mattress” between me and the hard-packed earth, I wondered how I was ever going to get comfortable enough to actually go to sleep. Worst case I decided, I would just lie there watching the...
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Achuar People: Guardians of the Amazon  Posted on 09/25/2014
Kapawi Eco-Lodge is part of a project belonging to the indigenous Achuar (ah-shwar) people who have lived in the Ecuadorian Amazon for hundreds of years. Their ancestral lands – nearly 2 million acres – straddle the modern...
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Kapawi Amazon: 10 Days Walk From the Nearest Civilisation  Posted on 09/21/2014
I spent last week deep in the Ecuadorian Amazon basin. Getting there took most of the morning; a 4.5hr drive to Shell, then a 50 minute prop plane flight towards the Peruvian border, landing on a dirt airstrip where we transferred down the...
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The Famous Otavalo Market  Posted on 09/16/2014
Every Saturday the Otavalo Market in Plaza de los Ponchos swells in size to include peripheral streets, all crammed with small stalls featuring among other things – silver jewellery, painted wooden figures, brightly coloured...
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Otavalo  Posted on 09/12/2014
For $2, I took a bus 2.5 hours north of Quito to spend a week hanging out (and getting over my altitude sickness) in the town of Otavalo, located at an altitude of 2565m in the Northern Andes. I wasn’t going to lose any altitude in a...
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Breathless in Quito  Posted on 09/07/2014
Ecuador is home to some of the highest volcanoes and mountain peaks in the world. Quito is the second highest capital in the world, and around 2850m above sea level it does take some acclimatizing to. Flying from Houston (at around sea...
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NASA: It’s Only Rocket Science  Posted on 09/03/2014
So I thought the Space Centre would be a little like Disneyland, bright shiny rockets lying about to climb in and simulators everywhere to try my hand at space landings. Sadly for me, it’s not. The NASA Johnson Space Centre in...
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Squamish  Posted on 08/31/2014
Squamish is a small town about an hour north of Vancouver, and 20 minutes from Whistler. It is located on the tip of Howe Sound, surrounded by granite mountains and within a temperate rainforest. The people of Squamish are incredibly...
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  • austinarthur
    austinarthur 27 February 2014 18:29:22

    It's very rewarding volunteering in Mexico!

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