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Thursday, November 30, 2006

Ecuador Dos

Here's some more photos from my recent class trip to Ecuador. This post focuses on a long bus ride from Quito (pictures here) to the Amazon basin.

Sierra
Out the window of the bus as we descend from Quito (elevation approx. 2,800m) to the Amazon basin (approx. 500m).

Cradled
A building nestled into the eastern Andes. Note the power line to the house's right, an indication of the country's eastern colonial expansion in the late 20th century.

Petro Plant
Another (less subtle) indication of Ecuador's expansion, linked to the discovery of oil in the Oriente in 1967. This petrol processing station sits within an otherwise untouched section of the eastern Andes.

Pipeline
To get the oil to that plant one needs a pipeline, and here it is, suspended over this small river. Everything needed to make the pipeline happen (the guardrail and suspension structure above, for example) are also made from pipeline.

Out the Window
Getting closer to the rainforest.

Ave Maria
Much of the population in the rainforest -- or Oriente region -- is rural. This church is just off the main road that connects some of these small towns.

On the Road
The sun in Ecuador can be brutal during the day but it also makes for beautiful times around sunset.

Napo River
The Napo River separates the Sucumbios region (which borders Columbia) from the Napo region, home to the Yusani National Park, one of the most biological diverse areas in the world.

Next time: into the rainforest.

5 comments:

  1. great photos! the shot of the pipeline is fascinating

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  2. Are you travelling to Ecuador???
    Because with this photos i fill like i am...
    Marvelous!!!

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  3. i like the sequential presentation.
    the transition from the city to the rainforest.
    looking forward!

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