Ecotourism in the Amazon Reforestation of Huasquila
Ecotourism in the Amazon is possible thanks to our program to reforest the reserve land we have in Huasquila Amazon Lodge. Thanks to the program’s efforts and hard work we can now see the amazing results. Huasquila Ecolodge is the result of years of work by people from the community, foreigner volunteers, and the owners.
The project is located within the Sumaco Biosphere Reserve, only 3 hours from Quito, Ecuado’'s capital city, and 40 minutes from Tena, capital of the Napo province. The Huasquila property has 115 hectares—65 hectares are secondary forest, and the rest is still primary forest. Six years ago, with the help of our Ecotourism in the Amazon Project, our volunteers from around the world, we started reforesting an area of 20 hectares with native trees and medicinal plants, with the long-term goal to replant an ecological corridor that will connect the Cotundo area with the nearby protected area of the Antisana reserve.
Ecotourism in the Amazon activities vary from collecting plants in the jungle, building a plant nursery, and planting the collected trees, medicinal herbs, and flowers, to help maintaining the work that has been done before.
Since Huasquila started the volunteer program 6 years ago, numerous animals (birds, armadillos, insects, and even monkeys!) have moved to this area for protection from nearby deforested areas. This wonderful result has made us expand the volunteer work to be responsible for observing, feeding, and identifying these new animals.
The Ecotourism in the Amazon program provides the unique opportunity to experience the ecotourism activities of an ecolodge in the Amazon. Among those activities are guiding tourists and gardening and working in a small Ecuadorian family–run company. You will learn how an ecolodge works, attend guests, translate the tours guided by native guides into your own language, etc. Also, in the past year several volunteers have started to work near 9 de Junio community school, teaching basic English and German to children ages 4 to 8. This has been welcome by the close community.
Ecotourism in the Amazon Main Tasks:
Reforestation (depends on the number of volunteers working on the lodge)
Collecting plants and seeds in the jungle
Planting, composting, and maintaining the facility
Gardening (bromelias, orchids, etc.)
Research (define plants and uses, create information sheets)
Wildlife (depends on the number of volunteers working on the lodge)
Identification plus research (define animals, create information sheets)
Community School 9 de Junio (not mandatory, optional)
Teaching children ages 4 to 8 years basic English and German.
During any tasks you fulfill and also in interactions with the local people and your work will include teaching them your native language and introducing them to your country’s customs and culture. This is the best way to share with local people and really get to understand another country’s cultures and customs. This exchange is very personally enriching!
This Ecotourism in the Amazon volunteer project is quite flexible and gives you the opportunity to help in a way that you can also benefit while protecting the nature and culture of the beautiful and delicate Amazon region of Ecuador.