Bromeliads In Habitat

Travels with Wally Berg and friends.

Ecuador


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Map of Ecuador
Map of Ecuador
Map of South America
Map of South America

Between 1987 and 1995 Wally Berg and friends made a total of 9 trips to Ecuador.
These photos are from those trips.


The need for good transportation.

Cutucu Mts.
Cutucu Mts
Hope it'll start
Hope it'll start!
We're stuck
We're stuck!
Napo River, Misahuall
Napo River, Misahuall
Carry plenty of gas!
Carry plenty of gas!
1-2-3 push!
1-2-3 push!
Dennis Cathcart is that you!
Dennis Cathcart is that you!
Oh No! The jack is broken
Bad luck!
Best mechanic in Loja
Best mechanic in Loja
Paddle boat
Paddle boat!

Beware of rain or El Nino.

Close to Loja
Close to Loja
Santa Isabel
Santa Isabel
Somewhere in the Andes
Somewhere in the Andes
Road to Ona
Road to Ona
Shortcut?
Shortcut?
Quito to Otavalo
Quito to Otavalo
Even amazon roads are no better
Even amazon roads
are no better
Baeza - Quito road
Baeza - Quito road

River crossings can be hazardous.

Rio Yaupi, Horona
Rio Yaupi, Horona
Condor Mtn.
Condor Mtn.
Machala
Machala
El Ora state
El Ora state
Pasaie
Pasaie
Natural bridge
Natural bridge
Catacocha
Catacocha
We're next
We're next
You first!
You first!

Sleeping quarters are not easy to find.

Hotel Paris?
Hotel Paris?
Even has a pool!
Even has a pool!
We'll be dry tonight!
We'll be dry tonight!
$1 a day!
$1 a day!
Think I'll use the forest!
Think I'll use the forest!
Better than no water!
Better than no water!
Unbelievable view!
Unbelievable view!
Where do I put my suitcase?
Where do I put my suitcase?
Stuck in town!
Stuck in town!
Let's live it up!
Let's live it up!

Food may be good or bad depending on your taste.

Better off being hungry!
Better off being hungry!
Burger King?
Burger King?
Only order coffee and bread here!
Only order coffee and bread here!
Bananas make a good lunch!
Bananas make a good lunch!
Beans heated on the motor!
Beans heated on the motor!
Trade clothes for bananas!
Trade clothes for bananas!
Sundaes in the desert!
Sundaes in the desert!
Filet mignon - 3 bucks?
Filet mignon - 3 bucks?

Traveling by foot is slow going.

Try this with a hangover!
Try this with a hangover!
It better be rare!
It better be rare!
End of the road!
End of the road!
Let's rest please!
Let's rest please!
10km hike uphill!
10km hike uphill!
Anytime of the day it can rain!
Anytime of the day it can rain!
See what we mean!
See what we mean!
Getting water for the radiator!
Getting water for the radiator!

Ecuadors biggest assets - her beautiful people!

Always bring clothes to give away!
Always bring clothes to give away!
Friends!
Friends!
Poor? Not really!
Poor? Not really!
Party time!
Party time!
Local laundramat!
Local laundramat!
Fish for sale!
Fish for sale!
Beauty queen!
Beauty queen!
They thanked us!
They thanked us!
Kids' sunglasses are a big hit!
Kids' sunglasses are a big hit!
Everyone enjoys them!
Everyone enjoys them!
No, it's not my other family!
No, it's not my other family!
Even in the amazon they smile!
Even in the amazon they smile!
Happy parent!
Happy parent!
All the kids are happy!
All the kids are happy!

There's never a dull moment.

Destruction continues!
Destruction continues!
Trees and also epiphytes - GONE!
Trees and also epiphytes - GONE!
What a beautiful flower!
What a beautiful flower!
Wish I understood Spanish!
Wish I understood Spanish!
I can't get them to move!
I can't get them to move!
It's just a worm - really!
It's just a worm - really!
Get that thing out of here!
Get that thing out of here!
A new Costus!
A new Costus!
Ouch!
Ouch!
Lunch?
Lunch?
That pot of gold could be a new bromeliad species!
Pot of gold!
I guess we took the wrong road!
I guess we took the wrong road!

Such awesome scenery - rain forest, cloud forest or the Andes Mts.

No chainsaws here, yet!
No chainsaws here, yet!
Virgin forest!
Virgin forest!
What, no guard rails!
What, no guard rails!
Enjoy the beauty!
Enjoy the beauty!
Don't drink the water!
Don't drink the water!
Don't slip!
Don't slip!
The sign said National forest!
The sign said National forest!
There's Tillandsia tectorum on top!
There's Tillandsia tectorum on top!
Horses, but no people!
Horses, but no people!
Are we there yet?
Are we there yet?
Hot and dry!
Hot and dry!
Enjoy!
Enjoy!
I can't describe the beauty!
I can't describe the beauty!
Just me and God here!
Just me and God here!
Sunset from the top of the Andes!
Sunset from the top of the Andes!
Please fly higher!
Please fly higher!
Road to nowhere!
Road to nowhere!
Good to be home!
Good to be home!

These pictures of bromeliad species are the rewards of all Ecuadorian trips - Bromeliads in habitat

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