Today was our first full day at the Yarina lodge. Today, as with most days on the trip, we had breakfast at 7am. Following that, we got back on the motorized canoe and headed back up the Napo River a short way. We got off the boat and found that we were in a small grove of cacao and banana trees. We learned about the crops and then visited a local school. As it turned out, the teacher was not there that day, but one of the parents was watching the kids. We tried to help them learn reading and English, while we were getting a Spanish lesson.
After spending a couple of hours with the kids, we went to the home of a local family for lunch. We got to help cook! Here we prepared and ate palm weevil larvae. In my twisted mind, I decided I pretty much had to try it – to be a proper guest and, logically, if I will eat meat from higher life forms, I should do be able to do this too. (link for more about palm weevils.)
Before dinner, we hiked to a wooden observation tower. There we watched the sun set over the Napo River and did more birdwatching. After dinner, we watched the first half of “Fitzcarraldo” 1982, Werner Herzog (dir.) Very appropriate from a regional setting standpoint.