Between the group we had sightings of 9 species of monkey, tayras, an anaconda and even a tapir. The bird life was also fantastic with regular sightings of 4 different macaw species, colourful tanagers and hummingbirds, the prehistoric looking hoatzin and on two occasions the very rare crested eagle.
Camera Trap Program
The camera trap program got off to a disappointing start with just one photo, of a sun bittern, in the first two weeks but after that we had a lot more success. Recordings were taken of Peccary, tapir, red brocket deer and much more from cameras set up at salt-licks, and some photos of ocelot and a jaguar from cameras on the paths very close to the cabins. Click here for a full report.
SKY News Filming
A SKY News film crew joined the expedition for the first two weeks in July, and put together conservation, community tourism and volunteer news items for Sky News. The reports went out to over 150 countries!
View the News Reports
We had a good discussion with the community about their farming techniques and what they needed help with. They are very successful at growing some fruits and vegetables but others failed or were difficult to grow. We assisted in the construction of a compost heap and advised the community on good composting techniques which would provide them with a good natural fertiliser to help them improve their yields and land sustainability.
We have made more improvements around the camp, most importantly installing tanks and a water pump to bring water up from the stream and more water filters to provide safe drinking water for the volunteers and the community.
Quotes from volunteers on the pilot expedition.
“I’ve had a wonderful time here in Pavacachi. Everything on the ES website really came alive spending time here. The Cabaña is amazing; lots of hard work and planning has really paid off.” – Dave Aabo, USA
“Overall the expedition was amazing. A stunning location and fantastic people, both staff and community” – Natasha Muktarsingh, SKY TV Presenter UK
“Thanks so much for such a unique experience, I am so glad I came on this trip. From the group to the staff to the community I cannot fault a thing. Can’t express to you how much more fulfilled I feel as a person for having spent this time in Pavacachi.” – Jo Holmes, Australia