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Jatun Sacha Biological Station

Misahualli, Ecuador
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  • Jatun Sacha Biological StationPro 2014
    Arlo Hemphill
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    5 Mar 27, 2014

    As one of the first biological research stations founded in the Ecuadorian Amazon, Jatun Sacha was at one time situated in a remote wilderness location. As development has progressed in the "Oriente", this area is no longer so much pristine wilderness as just a great place to be. Catching the downdrafts at the foot of the Andes, it has a much better climate than most of the Amazon, is very easy to access, and there's a lot to do. An adjacent tiki-style bar, called "the laboratory" is known for wild nights amongst locals, scientists and international volunteers alike. Many of the larger mammals, which unfortunately includes monkeys, are now rare due to over-hunting. However, the surrounding forest is a bird, reptile/amphibian and plant-lovers paradise. Try climbing the somewhat scary bird tower and be sure to take a canoe ride to visit some of the local Quichua communities who call this area home.

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Established in 1985, Jatun Sacha was Ecuador's first Amazonian field station. Lodging and dining facilities support hundreds of international volunteers, local and international researchers, and intrepid travelers each year. Take a swim in the Napo River, visit local indigenous Quichua communities and hike the Station's forested backcountry. Not for the faint of heart, a climb up the Station's ... read more
bird tower offers unparalleled views of life in and above the forest canopy.

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