Andes to Amazon Gallery

Here is a gallery of just a few images from this year's Tropical Andes to Amazon journey. Photos were taken by trip host, Ralph Pannell:  one of the directors of Aqua-Firma, formerly of the charity Rainforest Concern and manager of our Rainforest4Climate fund. 

A Few Wildlife Highlights 

The lowland rainforest focus of this trip is an area Achuar communities have set aside as a wildlife preserve. Mammals like these Red Howler Monkeys, Squirrel Monkeys and Dusky Titis; and birds like the Troupial & Hoatzin found on this page, can be seen and heard throughout. 

Red Howler Monkey Amazon Ecuador kapawi

Ecuadorian Squirrel Monkey Amazon wildlife

Dusky Titi Monkey Ecuador Amazon kapawi

Hummingbird Ecuador Cloud Forest Choco Andes

The Achuar & Amazon Canopy 

Next is a tribute to our Amazon Achuar hosts and the forest canopy they preserve. Ecuador's Achuar and Shuar people continue to take decisions against unsustainable development which retain mile upon mile of rainforest,  stabilising the global climate for everyone's benefit. The Achuar still hunt here, primarily using blowguns. These are almost silent but deadly, using thin darts laced with poison extracted from a liana. 

Achuar indigenous tribe chicha drink

Amazon rainforest Pastaza River Ecuador kapawi

Rio Pastaza Ecuador Amazon tributary from the air

Achuar Amazon rainforest guide kapawi

The Tropical Andes 

Ecuador's highest Andean peak is further from the centre of the world than the top of Mount Everest. This is due to The Equatorial Bulge. 

Here are some of the peaks we enjoyed clear views to see; along with panoramas over the Choco-Andean Rainforest Corridor where our cloud forest experiences  are centred. We owe the existence of these forests to our partners at Rainforest Concern, local foundations and communities who have opted for sustainable alternatives to slash and burn farming. 

Antisana Volcano Ecuador Andes

Cotopaxi Volcano glacier at Dawn

Choco-Andean Rainforest Corridor Ecuador

Choco-Andean Rainforest Corridor Rainforest Concern conservation

Most Biodiverse 

The Tropical Andes is the most biologically diverse part of our planet.  Here are a few gems hosted within in. 

Cloud Forest Insect Ecuador


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  • Orange-backed Troupial - one of the Amazon's most striking birds
  • Ecuadorian Squirrel Monkey
  • Hoatzin Amazon bird
  • Cock-of-the-Rock in the Choco-Andean rainforest corridor - Ralph Pannell
  • Cloud Forest in the Choco-Andean Rainforest Corridor
  • Female Golden-headed Quetzal in the Cloud Forest
  • Cloud-Forest Flora in the Choco-Andean Rainforest Corridor
  • Ecuadorian Squirrel Monkey
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