Ecuador Amazon – At Sacha Lodge

Ecuador Amazon - Sacha Lodge Reflections

Ecuador Amazon – Sacha Lodge Reflections

Sacha Lodge is found within a 5000-acre private ecological reserve in Ecuador’s Amazon region, an accessible yet pristine rainforest sanctuary.

The journey to Sacha Jungle Lodge began in Quito, Ecuador’s capital city. From here, a 25-minute flight to the port town of Puerto Francisco de Orellana, locally known as Coca. Then a covered motorized canoe ride for a 2-hour, 50-mile (80-kilometer) trip down the sediment-rich waters of the Napo, the largest river in Ecuadorian Amazonia.

Ecuador – Head Shrinking Process

Ecuador - Head Shrinking Process

Ecuador – Head Shrinking Process

This is less about photography and more about a fascinating history of culture.

The Jivaro clan who lived deep in the Ecuadorian, and neighboring Peruvian Amazon. were known for the ancient practice of shrinking human heads. Most Jivaro Indians considered any victory over the enemy as incomplete if they were unable to return without one or more enemy heads as trophies. More importantly, the reason behind shrinking the heads was to paralyze the spirit of the enemy attached to the head so that it cannot escape and take revenge upon the murderer.

The above composite panorama shot at the Inti Nan Museum outside Quito depicts the process of shrinking the heads.

Ecuador – On the Equator

Ecuador - On the Equator

Ecuador – On the Equator

La Mitad del Mundo (the Middle of the World), the huge Equatorial monument north of Quito isn’t on the equator at all. The screw-up was caused by a French expedition in 1736 that marked the wrong spot. The mistake wasn’t realized until just a few years ago when the Global Positioning System (GPS) was invented.

The real equator is about 250 yards away. But if you want to visit the “real equator” you need to go to the Inti Nan museum (shown above), which is about five minutes away.