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  • (Cuna, Lumita. “Huaorani Indians: Warriors of the Amazon”)
  • (Vidal, John. “Ecuador: Four Months to save the World’s last Great Wilderness from ‘Oil Curse’”)(Matt. “Facts and History of Shell Mera”).
  • (Mission Aviation Fellowship. “Nate Saint”)
  • (Matt. “Facts and History of Shell Mera”).
  • (Matt. “Facts and History of Shell Mera”).
  • (Imagine Ecuador. “Whitewater Rafting Tours Ecuador – Tena, Banos and Near Quito”).
  • ( “New World Monkeys”)
  • ( “Ecuador Rainforest Home to One of the Worst Cases of Oil Pollution Ever”)(World Land Trust. “The Ecuador Rainforests”)
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    1. 1. Shell EcuadorOff the Beaten Path
    2. 2. Shell, Ecuador Nestled between the Ecuadorian Andes and the Amazon RainForrest Full of beauty and rich with indigenous culture For adventure, natural wonder, cultural uniqueness, andbreath taking wild life it is worth the ninety mile trip on aroad with a mountain threatening landslides on one side andraging rapids up to 3,000 feet below on the other.
    3. 3. Beginnings:The Huaorani Indians The Huaorani was once the largest indigenous group inEcuador Known for being ruthless in their vengeance Armed with spears and poisoned blowguns No contact with the outside world until the 1930s
    4. 4. Beginnings: Shell Oil Company Vast oil resources found beneath the bountiful Ecuadorianrainforest drew Shell Oil Company to investigate its potential In 1937, Shell was established as headquarters for theresearch project Due to hostilities from the Huaorani tribe, the companydecided to abandon the project in 1948
    5. 5. Beginnings: Missionaries In the late 40’s two missionary pilots went to Shell to launchMission Aviation Fellowship MAF’sgoal to reach isolated peoples using aviation Nate Saint, one of the first two missionaries Moved to Shell with his wife to help run the mission base whereboth of their children were born The mission operated successfully for several years makingcontact with the Huaorani through air drops
    6. 6. Beginnings: Missionaries cont. In the mid 1950’s, Shell took the center of the world stage Four of the missionaries had gone missing Killed after finally making land contact with the Huaorani
    7. 7. Beginnings: Hospital Shortly after the MAF tragedy, the HospitalVonzandes DelOriente opened for business The first of its kind in the area, thousands of native peopleswere able to receive medical attention for the first time The original location of the hospital remained standing until2007
    8. 8. Modern Day Shell Today, getting to Shell can still be fairly difficult The airstrip is used primarily for the military and the missionbase The road leading from the capital at Quito to Shell is initiallyembedded in the Ecuadorian Andes Ninety miles, it can take anywhere between 3 hours and 2 daysto travel the distance The road follows begins to run parallel with the Pastaza River Pastaza is a major tributary to the Amazon with class IV rapids
    9. 9. Landslides Due to the excessive rainfall in the region, the roadwaysleading to Shell are known for their landslides At times, the highway is only wide enough for one vehicle topass making even the smallest landslide potentially lethal More often than not they are simply a source of delay fortravel Depending on the severity of the landslide, it can take severaldays to clear away debris
    10. 10. Local Life Most restaurants are “mom and pop” owned and operated With open air dining rooms it allows diners to enjoy the wildlifethat roam the streets More often than not, you will find yourself looking up to finda Capuchin Monkey has made his way to your table side Due to their natural habitat dwindling, the variety of monkeywildlife has become more prevalent in even some of the largercities in Ecuador
    11. 11. Rainforest Just outside of Shell lays “one of the world’smegadiverseregions’’ 100 different types of trees 400 types of amphibians More than 1,500 different birds Wide variety of mammals there is no shortage of exotic wildlife
    12. 12. HikingTrail The first stop on the hiking trail is a thirty footwaterfall From there the route leads up and downmountain sides Inevitably at some point on the journey, it willstart to rain making the terrain a bit moreslippery At the top of the highest point on the trailthere is a clearing towards the top of thefoothill with a clear view of the surroundingrainforest
    13. 13. HikingTrail Cont The final stop makes any discomfort worth the effort Running down the side of the mountain is a stream that hassteadily fallen over the exposed rocks long enough to havesmoothed out a path for itself The smoothed out area is just large enough with enoughwater flowing through it to be a natural water slide
    14. 14. Conclusion Over treacherous roads next to landslides and rapids makingthe journey to Shell Ecuador is worth the effort With a culture that has changed in less than a century fromcomplete isolation to showing tourists a way of life almostthat is almost nonexistent For an amazing variety of wildlife, a diverse rainforest, and anatural waterslide worth a long hike, a trip to the foothills ofthe Ecuadorian Andes where the Amazon basin begins is anamazing place to visit
    15. 15. Works Cited "Ecuador: Four Months to save the Worlds Last GreatWilderness from oil Curse’”. The Guardian. Ed. JohnVidal.Guardian News and Media, 13 Aug. 2011. Web. 18 Feb. 2013. Matt. "Facts and History of Shell Mera." Eyes on Shell. HCJBGlobal, 06 Aug. 2010.Web. 18 Feb. 2013. Cuna, Luminita. "Huaorani Indians:Warriors of the Amazon."Huorani Indians:Warriors of the Amazon. LuminitaCuna, 2007.Web. 18 Feb. 2013.
    16. 16. Works Cited Cont. "Nate Saint." Mission Aviation Fellowship. Mission AviationFellowship, 2012. Web. 18 Feb. 2013. "Whitewater RaftingTours Ecuador -Tena, Baños and nearQuito." Rafting Ecuador,Whitewater Rafting, RaftingTours,AdventureTrips. Imagine Ecuador, 2012. Web. 22 Feb. 2013. "New World Monkeys." NewWorld Monkeys., 2012. Web. 22 Feb. 2013. "Global Eats: Ecuador." : Local Food, Cuisine & Recipes.FoodSpring, 2012. Web. 22 Feb.2013.
    17. 17. Works Cited Cont. "Ecuador Rainforest Home to One of theWorst Cases of OilPollution Ever." EcuadorRainforest And Its Devastation by OilProduction. Ed. Irina, 2008.Web. 22 Feb. 2013. "The Ecuador Rainforests." EcuadorTropical RainforestProject.World LandTrust, 2011. Web.22 Feb. 2013. "Where Is Shell Mera in Pastaza, Ecuador Located?" Where IsShell Mera in Pastaza, EcuadorLocated?GoMapper, 2013.Web.22 Feb. 2013.