Amazon Region

Ecuador Culture: Chicha–You May Not Want to Know What’s in It

An important element in Ecuador society is the making and drinking of chicha.  It’s a locally-brewed alcoholic drink usually fermented from corn.  I can handle the chicha made in the Cotacachi area just fine, but there are a few other Ecuador drinks that are pretty potent. If I thought some […]

by December 4, 2010 Comments are Disabled Amazon Region, Ecuador, Ecuador Culture, Ecuador Lifestyle
Sweet Dreams and Flying Machines, Part II–The Ecuador Inspiration for Steve Saint’s Flying Car

Sweet Dreams and Flying Machines, Part II–The Ecuador Inspiration for Steve Saint’s Flying Car

Steve Saint drives a Maverick Sport flying car.  This remarkable car can also swoop down onto the ground and be driven over a variety of surfaces, even skim along the water.  It’s an all-terrain vehicle with the ability to land or take off in a very short distance. As astonishing […]

by November 20, 2010 Comments are Disabled Amazon Region, Ecuador, Ecuador Culture, Living in Ecuador

Sweet Dreams and Flying Machines, Part I

Steve Saint has developed a flying car.  For years he dreamed of building special flying machines to transport people out of places like jungles where conventional airplanes don’t have room to maneuver. What he ultimately built was a little car that you can drive on roads and then soar off […]

by November 18, 2010 3 comments Amazon Region
Ecuador Indigenous: Avatar in the Amazon

Ecuador Indigenous: Avatar in the Amazon

At a 3D showing of “Avatar” in one of Quito’s Supercines theaters, a group of indigenous tribesmen and women from several Amazon villages in Ecuador filed in and took seats a few rows in front of us.   Arrayed in their finest feathered headdresses and beads some of the indigenous looked […]

Ecuador Amazon Indigenous: We Don’t Want to Continue Dying from Cancer

Ecuador Amazon Indigenous:  We Don’t Want to Continue Dying from Cancer Emergildo Criollo, an indigenous leader from the Cofan tribe in the Ecuador Amazon region, says in a very moving video, “We don’t want to continue dying from cancer.” Two of his sons died of illnesses contracted from exposure to […]