Ishpingo is an extraordinary adventure we have been living daily for 12 years. More than a decade serving the Amazon local populations and mother nature in which our reforestation actions take place. We have been setting up our sustainable projects throughout unforgettable encounters and profiting every single day of the rainforest wonders. With this gallery we wanted to share with you a little piece of this paradise…
The teaching farm
Ishpingo's teaching hut used for educational purposes.
Reforestating with fruit trees
Antoine, standing in the middle of a banana plantation.
Activation of the micro-organisms preceeding the mix.
The teaching farm is an educational place for local populations training.
Tree nursery ensures a proper grow to young shoots.
Fruit trees as cornerstone for agroforestry
Some patches host fruit trees that have grown within the tree nursery.
Bio fertilizer mixed with some lime
We add lime to create a bio fertilizer called Bokashi.
Activated micro-organisms is a major component of Boskashi bio fertilizer.
This impressive hanging bridge crosses the rainforest over an impassable river.
River through the forest
A peaceful river snakes through the rainforest in Ecuador.
Deept into the rainforest
Ground view looking picture shot into the rainforest.
A big tree amid the forest
A nice specimen of ceboi tree amid a kichwa forest plot.
The tropical canopy stretches as far as the eye can see
The characteristic landscape of the Amazon mangroves.
In the midst of the rainforest
Dense and luxuriant vegetation of the rainforests.
Landscape of the valley of Napo
The Ecudorian valley of Napo toggles steep relief and dense forests.
Education and training
Educating young generation to sustainable development is our prime priority.
Being able to recognize the differents seeds and species favorizes biodiversity.
Teaching to local population how to make cheap and organic fertilizers.
Meeting kichwa farmers
Teach and sensitize on the field is one of ishpingo's working method.
Explaining and demonstrating the virtues of agroforestry to the local farmers.
Young kichwas learning how to sow efficiently.
Group training session
Flore is performing a formation to a group of kichwa farmers.
Teaching how to use tree nurseries
Using tree nurseries allows to ensure that the trees that are going to be planted will be strong and healthy.
A kichwa woman is about to go to work
Kichwa women, tough and strong, are excellent workers.
Reforestation training course
Antoine is explaining to a school kid how to properly plant her young shoot.
A kichwa reforestation team gets a tree load.
Planting of a young shoot
Every year volunteers from all countries join us to help us on the field.
Distribution of young shoots
Kichwa communities work as teams in order to be more efficient.
Kichwa reforestation team
This team is bringing young trees to a plot into the forest.
Local population commitment is the key to the succes of our reforestation projects.
Ditributing young trees to the farmers
Antoine is distributing trees between several different farmers.
Preparing young trees
Reforestation begins within tree nurseries. It's necessary to prepare the young shoots before transporting them.
Two young girls are transplanting a tree.
The plots are carefully delineated.
This young kichwa woman is identifying the location where the trees have to be planted.
Exotic fruit selection
The kaleidoscopic warm colors of tropical fruits
This fruit is too acid to be eaten unless you transform it in jam.
Bilimbis cluster on a tree.
Borojos, being naturally rich in amino acids and minerals, are well known as a powerful antioxidant.
The symbol of our foundation called ishpingo in kichwa language.
This tree is cultivated for its natural rubber and its fruit that looks like prune.
The Cherimoya is a fruit that tastes like custard apple.
Close to cocoa tree, the Cupuaçu comes from the South-East of the Amazon bassin.
A kichwa woman is selecting some guavas.
The Jack-fruit, close to fig, comes from South-East Asia.
The madrono is a typical fruit tree of the Amazon rainforest.
Cross section of a mulchi.
The ramboutan is a red hairy fruit whose heart is edible and looks like litchi.
A pretty decent harvest that is going to be sold.
This fruit coming from asia is delicious but fiercely defended.
A range of marketed fruits
Planting fruit trees improves and diversifies the feeding of local populations.
Young shoots plot
The tree nursery comprises small delineated plots in order to easily identify the young shoots kind.
Collecting young trees
This reforestation team is collecting young trees which are going to get transported and replanted.
Farmers who practice reforestation alongside with Ishpingo are posing in the tree nursery.
Grafting a fruit tree
Grafting citrus allows to get small, tough and fruitful trees all at once.
Growing young shoot
A young and vigorous plant is growing within the tree nursery.
Young shoots poking their heads out
Young shoots emerging through the soil are protected by a mulch made of leaves and bark.
Checking young shoots
A kichwa woman is checking the young trees to spot potential diceases or parasites.
Preparation of the plants
Kichwa farmers are selecting young trees in the tree nursery.
Young shoots within a tree nursery
An overview of Ishpingo's tree nursery hosting multiple different species.
Filling some pots
This reforestation team is preparing the soil that is going to be used to fill temporary pots.
Seedlings witin tree nursery
We use piece of bark to delineate seedling areas.
A volunteer is preparing some pots that are going to be used to maintain trees alive during transportation.
Young kichwa boy
A little child wearing the Ecuadorian football team jersey.
The owner of the Paicawe lagoon is navigating in his pirogue.
Kichwa grown man
This man is wearing a bandana to protect his head from the scorching sun.
Kichwas also make money by trading local craft.
Young kichwa children
Kichwa children pose in the shade of a big trunk.
Training course for those young children.
This girl is leading her horse which is carrying two large wooden beams.
Pregnant kichwa woman
This woman is expecting a happy event. Nevertheless that does not stop her to do work on the field.
Little kichwa girl
Young kichwas wear occidental style clothes nowadays.
Meals are taken together, this is a moment of rest and share.
Young kichwa man
Young man in his prime about to replant trees on his plot.
Symbol of South America, hammock is used even by the youngest.
Angel ALVARADO is called "El Profesor" because he has developed an outstanding botanical knowledge.
Utensils and ingredients
Work is about to begin in the traditional medicine laboratory.
Medicinal plants herbarium
The different kind of medicinal leaves are preserved wihtin an educational herbarium.
Angel ALVARADO and his students
El Profesor teaches botany and traditional medicine at Tena high school.
Brewed remedies are going to be marketed thus having a positive impact on local populations living conditions.
An overview of the traditional remedies made within Ishpingo's laboratory.
Marketing the remedies
The remedies are sold as fairtrade to local populations.
Kichwa beauty mask
Local populations are invited to test traditional remedies.
This nocturnal arachnid has oral pedipalps it can uses as pincers. Those arthropods haven't evolved for 365 millions years.
Anacondas are half aquatic constrictor snakes that can weight more than 200 kilos.
This small animal has a bony shell and eats insects and berries felt on the floor.
A splendid and brigth specimen of Amazon beetle.
Boa constrictor is carnivore snake easily recognizable by the typical color of its tail.
This half aquatic mammal is the largest rodent in the whole world.
This small amphibian is famous for the toxin it secretes and which can be letal for some species.
Thanks to the extraordinary high flapping frequency of its wings, the hummingbird can hover in order to feed.
A half arboreal diurnal reptile that feeds mainly with insects.
This kind of parrots have a colorfull plumage and a strong beak. This specie is threatened with extinction.
This insect shows an incredible cloaking technique.
Amazon rainforest is the kingdom of primates.
Night monkeys have hudge eyes which are very sensitive to light.
These monkeys are remarkable for their thick and prehensile tail.
This massive animal can measure 2 meters long and weights from 300 to 600 pounds. Genetically it's close to horses and rhinos.
This gigantic trapdoor spider has been seen in the natural reserve of Cuyabeno close to the Colombian border.