Day 4 – Changing the plan

The equator: where the northern and southern hemispheres meet. The heavens well and truly opened on Day 4, so our plan to climb another volcano, Cayambe, was rained off. And so we decided to change the plan and cross the equator via an alternative route. This gave Christian the chance to continue with his ornithological survey of the […]

Day 3 – Getting acclimatised

We had packed so much into our schedule that we didn’t have a lot of time to get used to the altitude we would be working in over the coming days. Quito, the capital of Ecuador and starting point of our expedition, already has an elevation of 2850 metres above sea level, making it the highest […]

Day 2 – Arrival and preparations

Dirk and Robert test the automatic camera system together in the inner courtyard of our hotel. The local contacts we had been put in touch with through the university and our travel agency had arranged a wonderful accommodation for us. And we felt really lucky to have travelled from east to west, as the jet […]

Day 1 – Setting off

Excitement was running high on the day of our departure. And that was despite the 12-hour flight from the Netherlands to Ecuador we had ahead of us. After a two-hour delay at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport and the long flight, we eventually landed in Quito, the capital of Ecuador. By the time we arrived, it had […]