Arriving in the Rupununi: an uncharted landscape

on the track in Rupununi

The Rupununi is a wonderful place, mixed Savannahs in between Brazil and Guyana. It has an almost untouched nature scenery far from the civilized modern world! Despite its vast rich biodiversity, it has almost no tourist or very few due to various dangerous factors (crimes, …) but also the difficulty of transportation. An undiscovered place I couldn’t miss out!
Rupununi Skyline

The track to get there is a long long road crossing the rainforest from Georgetown, the one and only road in the inner country. It is ground, sand and mud all along. We drove all night long and a part of the next day with really bad road conditions. We even had a breakdown of some sort, hopefully the driver was smart enough and after 3 hours we could drive again. There are many checkpoint and it is kind of frightening as many officers look suspiciously to us. I have been told it is a really dangerous place, and anything can happen, and nobody will know.

After maybe 16 hours of bumpy, shaky treatment, we could finally enjoy the scenery.

I found very nice local people living there in the Amerindian village of Surama.
Just walking few steps out of the track and I could find a no man’s pristine nature. What a gift from the god! I recorded incredible rich soundscapes.

Recording south America Savannah

 

Canoa, Ecuadorian Fishing Village bound to the Power of Nature

During the last three days, I have meandered through this incredible little fishing town. Situated on the pacific coast of Ecuador, the scenery with its extra-stretched beach of many kilometers and an omnipresent sun makes it a place from heaven where time would stop. Thus making us enjoy the present towards happiness.

With its 2000 inhabitants, the vibe is gorgeously “tranquilo” (laid-back).  I have met so many wonderful people with a big heart. Their way of living is at the opposite of the stressful urban jungle. They are truely authentic people from which we can draw life lesson. It goes without saying that the meal I found there is also terribly delicious.

One year ago, this village got struck by a huge earthquake (magnitude 7.8). This got in the news all around the world. 100 people lost their lives and 90% of the buildings were destroyed.
This is a terrible reality, however people don’t like to talk about it too much. They already turned the page. Daily life has taken its place back. People are successfully dealing with what they have, and what they can do, healing wounds. Many building already got rebuilt. Tourists are back even if they are in low numbers. Kids are playing in the rumbles, the roosters are crowning, the shops are opening again. All along the beach, restaurants, bars, cevicheria are sprawling back again. In fact life is buzzing again with this unmistaken latino feel.

Every afternoon, the ocean gets more agitated and the waves gets more powerful as the tide gets higher and the wind blows stronger.
The sound of the sea thus shifts towards a more bassy constant roar.
At these times, the natural elements just recall us how powerful they can be.
Therefore reflecting how Nature goes beyond the human scale as could be earthquakes.

After my 3 days recording sea and ambiences, I just felt how connected this village was with nature, from the sea they got fish, water, tourists. From the land, plants, stone, and roads.
They are more than any other place I have seen intertwined with the mother nature (for its good and its bad humor).