Chile: Patagonian Expedition Race 2013

Chile: Patagonian Expedition Race 2013

The Patagonian Expedition Race is the longest continuously running adventure race in the world and is considered to be the pinnacle of adventure racing by many of the teams that make it here to compete.  Always located relatively near Punta Arenas, Chile, the race covers a different route each year, usually 600-700 kilometers over about 10 days and includes trekking, mountain biking and kayaking.

 

Bolivia: Inti Wara Yassi

Bolivia: Inti Wara Yassi

Inti Wara Yassi is a Bolivian organization that works to help injured and illegally-traded animals, with a goal of returning them to the wild. Each location has at least one veterinarian on staff and uses the help from long- and short-term volunteers for the majority of the work. They currently have three locations in Bolivia: Parque Machia,  Ambue Ari and Jacj Cuisi.

Chile: The Future Patagonia National Park

Chile: The Future Patagonia National Park

For the last nine years volunteers, local workers and CP have worked to take out fences throughout the property, remove invasive species, plant native species, perform biological research, build trails and a park infrastructure – and now the park shows great signs of being a significant national park to stand with South America’s best. 3000 guanacos now roam the valley (and will walk right up to you), Chile’s largest population of Lesser Rhea can be found in the east end of the park, and pumas, huemulsvizcachasblack-necked swansChilean flamingos, pygmy owls, Andean condors, and a variety of other species are doing much better in this restored ecosystem, which is already being referred to as the “Serengeti of the Southern Cone”.

 

Ecuador: Yasuni Man - The Film

Ecuador: Yasuni Man - The Film

Yasuni National Park is a 3791 mi2 national park at the eastern end of Amazonian Ecuador. The region is known by many biologists to be the most, or one of the most, biodiverse regions on earth. In the same area, the Waorani (also spelt Huaorani) indigenous people have been living for over several hundred years as hunter-gatherers in this wildlife-rich section of the rainforest. 

Costa Rica: La Tortuga Feliz

Costa Rica: La Tortuga Feliz

La Tortuga Feliz is a non-profit organization that works on the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica to protect sea turtles with the help of volunteers. Their beach is a 10km strip, just south of Tortuguero National Park, and is the nesting site of many leatherback and green sea turtles.  I volunteered there for a week in November 2011.