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Ecuador - Pastaza, Churuya Achuar Association - Hiking in the rainforest between the Capahuari River and the Pastaza River: 8/16/2005 -


Achuar woman in a dugout canoe on the Capahuari River



Millipede



Pambil Tree - used by the Achuar to build their houses (walls, support beems, doors)


Zarzaparrilla - a cactus used as a medicine to treat Leishmaniasis (a deadly parasite that gets under your skin and eats at your flesh)




Moss on a tree


Quinin Tree - a medicinal plant used to treat malaria (the bark is used to prepare a tea)


Monkey ladder vine


Monkey ladder vine



Monkey ladder vine



Looking up from the ground in the rainforest


Pambil Tree - used by the Achuar to build their houses (walls, support beems, doors)


Shell of a Cicada - an exoskeleton invertebrate that sheds its hard shell as it grows


Conga ants - their bites cause pain for a day



Wasump walking in the rainforest


Philodendrum Plant - a medicinal plant used to stop the bleeding of a cut (by applying the latex inside the stalk on the cut)


Palms Fuits


Ferns



Araceae Vine - has four different stages of leaves





Wasump collecting the latex/sap from a Dragons Blood Tree (Eurphorbiaceae) - a medicinal plant used to cure ulcers/gastritis/diarhea (by drinking the latex)


Latex/sap from a Dragons Blood Tree (Eurphorbiaceae) - a medicinal plant used to cure ulcers/gastritis/diarhea (by drinking the latex)



Heliconia Leaf


Foam - frogs lay their eggs in the foam so that the eggs can stay moist



Pambil Tree - used by the Achuar to build their houses (walls, support beems, doors)



Blue Morpho Butterfly


Vines


Strangler Fig - a vine that grows on top of a hostess tree, it sends a root into the ground to uptake nutrients and surrounds the hostess tree and the leaves of the Strangler Fig cover the leaves of the hostess tree and the hostess tree dies


Walking Palm - the Achuar used the roots as a grater for vegetables (the roots have hard spines)



Eaten leaf


Grasshopper sleeping in a leaf


Vines


Vines


Palm Leaf


Beatle


Fig Tree (Ficus)


Fig Tree (Ficus)


Pambil Tree - used by the Achuar to build their houses (walls, support beems, doors)



Termites nest


Rotting Tree


Leaf Cutter Ants on top of a Moral Tree



Palm Leaf




Two Achuar boys in a dugout canoe on the Pastaza River


Achuar family in a dugout canoe on the Pastaza River


Black Vulture

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