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Rainforest Confidential: Yes, we survived our trip to an Ecuadorian preserve

Rainforest Confidential: Yes, we survived our trip to an Ecuadorian preserve

In this podcast: How we got better in South America and made it to Santiago, Chile (Recorded 12/15/23 in Santiago, Chile)

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Greetings from Santiago, Chile.

We survived multiple illnesses during our Ecuador adventure, and isn’t that what makes it an adventure? This isn’t the high-energy podcast you’re accustomed to because Aren and I are still recovering from whatever we had. But we are still alive!

In the last few weeks, we’ve gone from practically zero hours of daylight in Spokane, Wash., to a full blast of summer and 14 hours of daylight. Talk about climate shock!

All of which brings us to this week's question: Please tell us your best climate shock story — you know, going from summer to winter, or winter to summer, or from darkness to light. (To be honest, we are still trying to adjust to summer here.)

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Here are a few photos from this week’s adventure:

It rains a lot at Mashpi Lodge, but the hiking is spectacular. Aren and I spent our last morning exploring a riverbed with a guide. We met Slava and Ozge, who I profiled in my Forbes story about ecolodges. A shoutout to the Mashpi’s resident MD, Pablo, who gave me enough medication to get out of bed and face the day.

It’s a tropical rainforest, so there’s no shortage of waterfalls. The water is clean enough to drink. You can swim in some of the waterfalls, but not this small one.

Here’s the view of our hiking path in the Metropolitan Park of Santiago. There’s a stunning view of the snow-capped Andes mountains from the other side of the hill. I’ll share a few shots next week.

Please don’t forget this week’s question: Tell us your favorite climate shock story from your travels!

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