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"Teo, Heather, and Fernando are traveling to Ecuador to finish a design on a chocolate factory for Kallari, thanks to a grant from Architecture for Humanity and the support of RATIO and RAYae."

The Napo River Trip and the Return of Android…

We set off from the hostel around 9:30 am and headed out for breakfast before joining Carlos and Arias for the trip to visit the farm of a local Cacao farmer. We took a boat ride to the farm (yes, a very cool ride there) and were showed around the farm. We were educated on how the tree was planted, the cacao fruit (and yes…we tasted it and it was great) and how cacao flower pollinate etc...We were also shown how to find BIG juicy worms from the tree barks…a delicacy and protein source for the locals…( and No…we did not have the courage to bite the head off and suck the slimy juice of the worm) …but one of the Kallari leaders did. Then we headed up stream to a sanctuary called Isla Parque Amazonico, a sanctuary in an effort to conserve the natural splendor of the Amazon's animals and plants... we saw a bunch of monkeys and most of them were roaming around freely, birds , boars, Capybara (World's Largest Rodent), turtles and more….But the most important part of the trip was being able to meet and talk to the beautiful family at the farm and to see how dignified, friendly and generous of them to show us around when they could have work that day to sustain their day to day life….that was something that will remain in my memory for a long time…
We then took a long scenic boat ride back to the dock and drove back to Tena…and had the best meal since we arrived here in Ecuador. but it comes with a price ….which was to be served by the strangest waiter ….we called him the ‘Android’….He is really funny and we were all very impressed with our meal and experience only cost us around $7 for a full dinner…pretty impressive….and the food is ‘ Muy delicioso ‘ …so. its time for Mee leng and myself to get ready for another day (its 7am now)…which we will start with breakfast and heading for a Team meeting at the Kallari office….and will be visiting the site again …then going River rafting…no idea what we are doing but it will be great I’m sure….

- Mee Leng and Teo -

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