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Friday, March 19, 2010

Trip to the oriente - 2 - in the canopy

This is part two of the experiences of Chuck and Brad in the Ecuadoran amazon rain forest.

One of the major attractions of the Sacha Lodge is their two canopy towers. One is constructed of steel and features a suspension bridge over the treetops. The bridge is about 150 feet above the ground.
The older tower is constructed of wood milled on the site from downed trees. This tower surrounds a very large kapok tree and has a a platform just under the kapok canopy. These towers are remarkable because all tools and materials had to be carried in by hand over the same boardwalk and canoe-across-the-lake route that Brad and I used to get to the lodge.

The first morning of our stay, we were up at 5.30 AM and
were walking to the steel tower by 6.30. It seemed intimidating to climb all the stairs, but we made it (with a few photo opportunity stops).

Crossing the suspension bridge was a bit scary, but we all crossed safely.

Our naturalist, David, used a spotting scope to zero in on the birds. Here is a pair of woodpeckers. After we had all had a chance to see them through the telescope, David took pictures for us.

This is a view looking down from the bridge. The flowers are on a vine which is climbing up the palm tree,


For our second canopy experience, we went by canoe to the wooden tower. It was an easire climb.

There was much to see from the wooden tower. Here are some bird nests.

All in all, our views from the towers were magnificent highlights of our oriente experience.

Next time, I will blog about the butterfly house at Sacha Lodge.

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