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This is the REAL Rainforest !

I recently visited the rainforest of my dreams. Here is account
of it. If anyone is interested in a visit, we can help them with travel arrangements and guarantee that ever bit of your dollar will 
go to save these 4,000 hec. from the hands of the greediest oil 
companies ever.

I am an American science teacher, environmental activist and
traveler who is working with a new ecotourism destination, the
Juri Juri Community. I have just returned and wish to pass along
a few observations. I have background in rainforest preservation
and ecology and have visited many rainforests. This preserve is
the most exciting of all!!

The forest is primary virgin timber and incredibly pristine. The
rivers and creeks are clean and teeming with fish. After seeing
so many raped, logged and cut over forests, one almost forgets how
large and varied the trees could (should) be!! The variety and
size took my breath away. The legendary Kapok stands in all its
splendor. The variety of palms alone had my head spinning.

Each inch of this land is teeming with life with many, many
varieties of monkeys happily swinging though the trees looking for
lunch to many frog types making wonderful lullabys to sleep by.
Two different monkey families regularly visited the trees next to
my guest cabin. I could almost set my watch to their daily
visits. They did not seem to care or notice that we watched them
and they were unafraid. They sruck comical poses for my Pentax
again and again. Many mammals were present in this forest, just
waiting for a quiet visitor to stroll up a path for a
glimpse:tapir, tamarin, peccary, marmoset, deer, sloth, ocelet,
jaguar and many many others! We heard a large noise on our
walk--minutes later we saw large cat paw prints in the sand by the
little creek--very large!! It was a thrill for me to walk in the
same jungle as one of these magnificent and endangered felines!
The bird varieties must range into the hundreds and Juri Juri is
truly a bird-watchers heaven. Flocks of parrots and parakeets
were constantly hurrying noisily about their business over the
preserve and its rivers. Several birds hang about the main casa
including a scarlet macaw, three parrots and a hawk. The
community mother, Ana, likes to feed them bananas by hand and this
makes for great photos. These are wild parrots who just happen to
like humans (and handouts). One minute eating out of hand the
next moment up a hundred foot tree.

On a beautiful trip up the river in a hollowed out tree tree, we
visited a beautiful and magical lake and saw MANY caiman or
alligators, a large flock of endangered hoatzin and a glimpse of
the resident boa taking its midday nap.

In addition to the flora and fauna that has disappeared in many
other places but thrives at Juri Juri, the people of the community
are warm and wonderful. Talented in the old ways of the
Ecuadorian Quichuan culture, they are excellent teachers and
willing and able to immerse the visitor from food and cooking to
woodslore and fishing to music dance and handicrafts. The food is
fresh and delicious, the water boiled and safe. A visitor leaves
with a renewed understanding and respect for the people, the land
and how to walk gently on the planet.

The plan is to open the reserve to ecotourism to help the
community protect the ancestral land. The oil companies in their
region are putting pressure on the people all over this area as
only a large and greedy short-sighted corporation can. You as a
visitor can make a difference for these people's children and our
children's children as well. The preserve is reached by a short
and awesome plan trip from Puyo. Plans for travel are easily
made.

P.S. Juri Juri means protector the rainforest in Quichuan. I
would be happy to send you one of my "homemade brochures" if you
sent me your mailing address by e-mail. 

Thanks for reading all this..
Pamela S