Guacamayo Ecolodge Cuyabeno Amazon Jungle Ecuador

Again in the night here in our Cuyabeno Guacamayo Eco-Lodge, something has tried stealing our food. I had zipped it into a secure bag, but it was still ‘attacked’. My guess is a mouse, but we also had a frog visitor in the night, but then, someone suggests it is the bats?
I hear it (or them) in the night and start to yell and the grumpy man next door gets cranky at me – no suggestion to assist as a bloke who might solve the problem, rather he’s just annoyed at me.
This is how Day 3 of our Amazon adventure begins – with intruders of the animal kind.
We find there are quite a few on our tour that lacks the zest of life and it is making it more of a challenge to us than the nightlife in our CuyabenoEco-lodge.

What’s happening today?


©Exploramum and Explorason – monkey owls

This is the day we learn about the indigenous Indians.
But before that happens we hear noises in the trees. Check out these cute little owl monkeys we found in a tree. They look like creatures from outer space.

Nature is Amazing


©Exploramum and Explorason – beautiful butterflies with metallic wings

Whilst we are looking around, we also saw amazing butterflies and moths. I missed the big blue ones that flew around all the time. But these two are really pretty I think.

World Schooling

In the village, we get to try lychees; and cacao; and coffee!  The raw beans are slimy! Tasting and experiencing new foods is an important part of travel. It also helps your child to expand their palate and not to be a fussy eater.

Sharing Smiles


©Exploramum and Explorason – Explorason wants to give the local kids a smiley badge

We wander around the village, and the kids are hanging around. We wonder why they aren’t at school Here my son gives the kids smiley badges/pins and they love them! Mind you, these kids in the tree don’t seem so happy!

 Strange Birds


©Exploramum and Explorason – soft exquisite bird

I am not sure what bird this is, but he happily scratches around with the chickens. He is odd;y attractive with a smoothness and softness to him.

Cooking Time

It’s time to head to the open kitchen and as we do a man comments about hygiene. Time to learn how to grate the yucca, so Explorason tries to help but he loses a little skin and gives up.

Small hygiene problem – her nose drips into the ingredients as she sweats it out – yikes!

She twists the yucca to get the contents compact. She twists it on a pole to get the raw toxic juices out. Then she presses it into a flat basket.

She cooks it over a low flame. I hope this cooks the bacteria out of the nose drips. My son gets to pass it out.

Sharman And Faith

After lunch, we head off down the river. Most of the groups are going to see white magic with the Shaman. I think it is disappointing that it is not explained to our group exactly what it is as many have no idea what they are exposing themselves spiritually.  We have people trying to talk us into going, but I’m not interested.

We already feel on the outer today in this tour and no-one hardly speaks to us, so I don’t wish to get into a discussion about what I believe to be further downgraded.

I do not want my son exposed to this spiritual experience, so we ask if we can be dropped at the school.

Sometimes in a tour group, it is difficult to hold strong to your convictions, but I’m glad I did.

We Do Our Own Thing


©Exploramum and Explorason – Explorason has fun with the local kids

School, however, is not on, so we meet one boy. My son gives him a smiley badge/pin. Soon there are about 10 kids.

The boys then decided to teach him how to somersault off a post. Next, it was run and jump off the river bed. A brief stop in between jumps off the river bank as more kids (and Mums and babies) came for a smiley badge/pins.


©Exploramum and Explorason – giving out more smiley badges

Finally, after about 3 hours, we were collected.

We notice all the others are REALLY distant now after the Shaman and we actually wonder if it is a spiritual thing.  I’ve never felt so on the outer in my life! It is a very silent ride back to our Guacamayo eco-lodge in Cuyabeno.

Sunset Swim


©Exploramum and Explorason – sunset swim

We leave our Cuyabeno accommodation and headed off for another sunset swim. As we left the thunder started. Lightning flashed through the clouds like I had never seen before.

God Speaks Through Nature

At this moment when we feel so distant from the others in this group after their Shaman visit, yet the skies become art.  These clouds remind me of a boy in the center and his Mum on the right. Later the image changes and the woman is very clear.  I felt like it was us God was pointing out. We felt God’s comfort n that moment.

Wow – God sure put on a display in the clouds for us tonight. It was just awestruck by the beauty we saw in the sky!


©Exploramum and Explorason – images of a boy and a woman in the clouds


Apparently, one of the couples that visited the Shaman experienced some kind of ritual. The Shaman beat the man’s back to cast out the spirits (or for whatever reason) with a plant rod.

Turns out it was poison ivy! So the man spent that evening in quite a lot of agony.

My advice, don’t expose yourself to spiritual forces – it can have not just an outer effect on you but also an inner effect.

Don’t miss tomorrows adventure when we go head on with a man who declares to “hate kids”.

Guacamayo Ecolodge Cuyabeno Amazon Jungle Ecuador

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