I can now finally cross off “Go to the Amazon jungle” from my bucket list.
This past Friday-Tuesday, IES took us on a trip to the Amazon during Carnaval. We stayed at a biodiversity research station run by researchers from la Universidad San Francisco de Quito, in a region of the Amazon called Tiputini.
Although extremely humid, it was an amazing trip! To give you an idea of some of our adventures…
-climbed a platform approximately 45 meters above the ground with amazing views of the forest
-went on a night hike and saw the extremely dangerous wolf spider, which our guide proceeded to poke with a stick
-hiked through the jungle in the pouring rain (and it felt amazing after so much humidity!)
-floated down the river (fortunately not the part where the piranas live!)
-took a boat ride at night and saw a caiman
-ate our weight in Oreos
Despite the extreme heat and very long hikes, the trip was absolutely amazing!
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<p><span style="color: rgb(29, 29, 29); font-family: Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: normal; background-color: rgb(237, 237, 237);">Claire Fishman is a junior at Brandeis University, majoring in Psychology. Outside of class, she enjoys singing with the university’s chorus and playing flute with a student orchestra. Her hobbies include reading, writing, cooking. Claire has traveled to Central America twice (Costa Rica and Honduras), but this will be her first time in South America. Despite having grown up in a large city, she loves spending time in nature, and looks forward to exploring the biodiversity of Ecuador. As someone who loves to travel and try new things, Claire is thrilled to be embarking on this adventure!</span></p>