San Francisco Village & Clavero Lake

Jan 29, 2020 - Delfin II

After a superb breakfast, we visited San Francisco Village. In this place, we spent a great time watching and experiencing firsthand how people live nowadays in the Amazonia. Our visitors were marveled and pleased to experience first-hand how little things in life that we may take for granted can mean so much for people in a different environment.

One of the highlights of this cultural visit was a brief but emotional encounter with a welcoming committee formed by Minga Peru. The latter is a non-profit organization, founded in 1998, with the mission of promoting social justice and human dignity for women and families in the remote rural areas of the Peruvian Amazon. They have been developing various projects in the area, including technically training women and community members in agroforestry, crop cultivation and the construction and management of fish ponds. This has proven to be invaluable to increase the economical sustainability of many people.

In the early afternoon, we started the afternoon’s activities by swimming in Clavero Lake. Later, we came back just in time to go on a skiff ride around the lake and in a couple of nearby small streams.

We came back to ship at sunset with a fiery red sky as our companion. The scenery was spectacular!

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Carlos Romero

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Carlos was born in Quito, Ecuador and grew up in Venezuela, where he lived for many years near the ocean and later the rainforest. He returned to Quito to study biology and specialized in the fauna of Ecuador. His main field of study was zoology with an emphasis on vertebrates. He has a doctorate in biology and a master’s in ecotourism and natural protected areas management. He designed a new curriculum for the largest university in Ecuador, the Central University— a masters in environmental management and administration of natural protected areas. Carlos has also taken part in various scientific projects and expeditions with the Biological Sciences Department of Quito’s Polytechnic University. He has published several scientific papers, including one about the bats of Galápagos and one about the vampire bat of mainland Ecuador.

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