Ivo Heemskerk, Netherlands.

Thurs­day, 15 Decem­ber 2011

I had a great stay in Yacuma Ecolodge. The fauna and flora, sounds, stars, … of the Ecuado­rian Rain­for­est are just spec­tac­u­lar. The indige­nous staff is so proud to show you their for­est and are will­ing to explain everything.”

Two days before Christ­mas 2011 we were going to the jun­gle. I trav­eled through Ecuador with a Dutch Djoser group. We arrived with the boat at the lodge. The first impres­sion was good, because we had our first wel­come drink dur­ing that trip. After the drink we were escorted to our cab­ins. Every cabin had its own bath­room, toi­let, elec­tric­ity and a ham­mock on the porch!

The next morn­ing we had a guided tour through the rain for­est. That was very fun, but warm. The guide showed plants and trees with heal­ing fluid. One guy from the group had sore gums so he got rubbed with some ‘dev­ils blood’ on it and after a few hours the sore gums were gone! The raft in a tube over the river was a good start of Christ­mas Eve; snacks with san­gria, diner with fine wine and a camp­fire with local musicians.