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Wednesday, 22 December 2010 02:35


My sister, Carol Gardner, and I went to Pucacaca in early August, 2010. It was an amazing visit. These are photos sent to me after the visit.



This is not really a truck. Notice, it is a motorcycle with a truck bed. On the side it says,

"Association for the future of the forest, Eyes of Water"

On the back it says, "Embassy of Finland."  Photo taken October 29, 2010.



Here it is, in use.



Window frames for the research cabin.  Taken October 21, 2010



Inside the front part of the research cabin. The picture was taken from the sleeping area. When Carol and I were

there, the floor was being put into this area, and what you see as framed windows, was open to the air.



The banister for the research cabin, being built. There is no water or electricity where the cabin is.

The man standing has no shoes.  Taken October 22, 2010.


The craftsmanship at the edge. Wonderful metal roof and gutter. Taken October 22, 2010


The ceiling completed. Notice the wood bands covering the seams.


Fantastic restroom. (Having no seat on the toilet is normal) Remember, there is no running water. -See below



Water is brought from town, carried up the path, carried up the ladder.



The research cabin, outside.  The cabin is a memorial to the parents of my sister and me.


Richard C. Vail and Marianna Vail



The government of Finland has also helped with this project.  Below is a photo of the lady their embassy sent to help ABOFOA



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Carol and I were the first people, not from Pucacaca, to stay over night in the cabin. When we were there, August 2010,

the area closest to you in this picture was not enclosed. We stayed in the enclosed back part, behind the side door. We

had beds, netting, mirror, all they could possibly provide. We later realized they had brought the beds out there, and

carried them up the trail to the cabin, just  so we could use them.


The flooring in the front area that is now enclosed, was not complete when we stayed there. They were fitting the boards

in place by cutting them by hand with a hacksaw. I drove a nail, but, oops, I bent it and had to straighten it out.



The statue below is a Chullachaqui, (chew-ya-chack-key). It is a forest spirit.  If what you have in mind will hurt the forest, this

spirit leads you to where you are more and more lost in the forest. My understanding is, a Chullachaqui can take many forms, so,

when you are lost, you may not be able to tell that what is leading you is a Chullachaqui. However, there is one way you can tell.

A Chullachaqui has one foot larger than the other.


The carving was made by the brother of Lolibeth, the girl in the beauty pageant photos on the Spanish side of this website.

He is an artist.  He lives in Chile because it is a better place for an artist to earn a living than Peru.  He came back home for the

dedication of the research cabin. (I had NO IDEA how much WORK he put in for the Dedication!)





There are very nice Platyceriun andinum visible from the cabin. The ABOFOA are growing seedlings of Quinilla

trees right in front of the cabin.


(These are seedlings that have just germinated)

Below is a photo I just located.  It is in the research cabin.  The lady from Finland is there, plus

Dr. Phil Wittman, who taught the members of ABOFOA how to rope climb, and later designed and

directed the construction of the canopy walkway in 2015.





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