San Jose del Guaviare – Exploring the Amazon from the Outside In

Reading Time: 9 minutes

San Jose Guaviare is small jungle town in Colombia. It’s the end of the line where the grassland plains end and the Amazon jungle begins. All the roads end here, too. From here on it’s just washed out fire trails winding through the jungle. From here one can explore the Amazon from the outside fringes. Continue reading “San Jose del Guaviare – Exploring the Amazon from the Outside In”

Former Coca Leaf Farmers Turn to Tourism and Crop Substitution

Reading Time: 8 minutes

Flying down a dirt path in the jungle on a motor cross bike through the mountains of southern Colombia near the town of San Jose del Guaviare, we pull up to a 50 acre farm called ‘El Chontaduro‘. We are greeted by the farm’s owners – Edilson Pinto and his wife, Yolima. They invite us in for a breakfast of scrambled eggs, arepas and fruit – all made with foods produced on their farm. The open air kitchen sits on the edge of the jungle in the middle of their farm. As we eat and talk at the table, chickens and dogs saunter in and out. Domesticated parrots and macaws fly in for a visit as a tapir slinks around looking for fallen table scraps on the dirt floor. Continue reading “Former Coca Leaf Farmers Turn to Tourism and Crop Substitution”