Are you getting closer and closer to your long-anticipated retirement? Then you must belong to the dynamic demographic known as “Baby Boomers”. You have undoubtedly worked hard in order to get to this point, so you likely feel somewhat drained and in need of a much-deserved vacation. You’ve travelled far and wide, through hill and dale. Maybe you’ve seen the four corners of the world from North to South America and Africa to Asia. You have certainly befriended people of all creeds and nationalities along the way. Your bucket list may be dwindling what with all the amazing things you’ve seen and done throughout the years, but one more must-see destination is tugging at your heartstrings… the Amazon has always intrigued your sense of wonder. It’s time to shake things up and see even more of the world!
Ecuador’s Yasuni National Park is arguably the most biodiverse place on the planet. There are so many incredible creatures pre-dating human history who call this rainforest home. Whether you are an avid birdwatcher with many more feathered wonders left on your wish list, or are hoping to catch a glimpse of one of the majestic cats who slink down to the river for a drink, this is the place for you. It would be impossible to see everything there is to be seen here in the span of even one lifetime alone! The local Kichwa people have belonged to this territory for upwards of 500 years, and know the jungle’s secrets like the back of their hands. Let the hospitality of your new-found friends open your eyes to the wonders of life in the old growth rainforest without sacrificing any of the pleasures of modern life and luxury.
It’s no surprise that the famous search for the mythical city of El Dorado and its unforetold riches led explorers like Gonzalo Pizarro and Fransisco de Orellana to our region in the 1540’s. But the European conquistadors were taking the story and promise of gold too literally when, in fact, it actually acts as a metaphor. The beautiful circle of life is eternally cyclical here, and knowing how to survive in the forest is a precious seed of knowledge worth much more than gold. What’s undeniable is that this idyllic setting has a contagious effect. The land, water, and air will rejuvenate your senses unlike anything you’ve ever experienced before. The landscapes here at Ecuador’s Yasuni National Park are teaming with raw life which beckons to you with the promise of an irresistible awakening. Allow yourself to be reborn here in paradise lost.
They say that you’re “over the hill” by the time you reach your 40th birthday. But what’s wrong with that? The view from the summit is always breathtaking if you take the time to look around and appreciate it! Take a break at the top of the hill. Indulge your senses and feel a palpable rejuvenation of your spirit when you visit Ecuador’s Yasuni National Park.
Diego Escobar is Marketing Director at Napo Wildlife Center. Napo Wildlife Center is an eco-lodge offering unforgettable experiences in the Amazon rainforest of Ecuador, inside Yasuni Biosphere Reserve, which is managed by the Añangu kichwa aboriginal community.
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