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View Diary: Yacutinga Lodge, An Argentine Travel Diary (warning: picture heavy!) (69 comments)

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  •  Remarkable! Excellent Diary! (1+ / 0-)
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    angelajean

    My sister and I spent a week at Yacutinga in January 2002, planting trees and respecting nature with our guides, Michi, Charlie and Rosendo. You could just feel how much they really meant it. I think about that trip every single day and long to return.

    •  Were you there in Winter or in Summer? (0+ / 0-)

      I'm curious.

      •  We visited in January 2002 - Summer (1+ / 0-)
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        angelajean

        We took very few photos of the incredible variety of animals and plants - and we became quickly accustomed to living amongst a tremendous assortment of monkeys, insects, birds,snakes, wild cats, wild pigs, flowers. I can now see why people choose to dedicate their lives to ecological conservation. We felt connected with everything. Everyone on the airplane audibly gasped in amazement when we first saw Iguaçu Falls from the air. I'll never forget that sound as we rafted on the Iguaçu river.

        •  I think of all that we have lost in the US, (1+ / 0-)
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          JRad183

          at least ecologically. I can remember feeling this way in parts of Alaska, but not really anywhere else.

          If we can convince those in South America to hold on this heritage, it would be a gift to the rest of the world. What seems expensive to me is really not very expensive at all when we consider a world without places like this. I'm glad you had the chance to experience it!

          •  Thank God some people still actively protect (1+ / 0-)
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            places like Yacutinga. I visited Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary in Borneo in 2001 and tremendously respect those people who purposefully dedicate their lives to protecting nature. I had exactly the same experience you had while planting trees in Argentina. Arbor Day is the only US holiday I can think of - which looks to the future. I am very grateful for your posts and photos, Angela Jean.

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