Expedition Rain Forest - Landing in Pavacachi

  • Landing in the Ecuadorian Rain ForestThe Plan was simple, spend 10 days in the rain forest, moving by foot and dug out canoe and camping on sand bars of the Curaray River. Logistically we would, connect with our guides, Eco Planet Adventures in Quito. Zip over to Shell (Mera) by auto. Then blast 200 miles into the rain forest in small plane. Simple - eh?

    Shell Mera was established in 1937 as a Shell Oil Company base. It originally consisted of little more than several basic shacks and a 5,000-foot (1,500 m) airstrip. It was operated as part of Shell's prospecting efforts in the region.

    The base was located near some Indian tribes that were known to be hostile. On a few occasions the Indians attacked Shell, resulting in the deaths of several employees. The oil company eventually considered the base too dangerous to maintain, and abandoned it in 1948. (WikiPedia -http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shell_Mera)

    What they don't tell ya is that between Shell and Pavacachi there isn't anything but pristine rain forest and wide silty rivers. Almost as soon as you take off there isn't anywhere to land!

    We flew in a 1970 Islander. Design of the Islander started in 1963 and the first prototype BN-2 first flew on 13 June 1965. The Islander is a high-wing cantilever monoplane with a rectangular fuselage and two wing-mounted engines. The fuselage, which has a conventional tail unit and fixed tricycle landing gear, will usually accommodate one pilot and up to nine passengers and enough gear to last us 10 days. . . (Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Britten-Norman_Islander)

    Fortunately, we had a great pilot who knew his way around the cockpit. His trusty Garmin 296 GPS got us right where we needed to be.

    The video is the landing click here or click the picture.