The Huaorani’s treated us with a wonderful experience to their way of life: they danced, we danced, they drank, we drank (chicha: taste like yogurt, despite the saliva!)
We were bit by huge flies, but that didn’t matter. We fell in love with the people of the Apaika village. We also got our faces painted with fruit seeds.
Then the kids wanted to play. We were happy to oblige. They weren’t shy at all.
We were adorned with palm frond crowns. We drank more chicha (it was the two-week fermented kind = meaning we got tipsy).
So we started taking pictures of the little kids. The kids wanted their pictures taken, as you can see.
Some kids weren’t that into it, but they warmed up once they saw their image on the lcd. Then they asked for more pictures to be taken.
This last visit to the Apaika village was a treat like no other. Meeting kids from another country, another way of life, another living condition. But they were just kids; all kids want to have fun.
This is what traveling is all about. Living and experiencing great travel stories. Ones that can be cherished for a life time.
We’ll be going back very soon. And hope to bring our own kids to play with the Huaorani little ones. And of course to get drunk on some chicha.
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Photos by Briana & Mike Finocchiaro