New Bus Station
No Road From Otavalo to Chontal
Orchid Project Returns in Janurary
Price Increases for 2009
There is a new bus station for all transport to NW Pichincha that is located in the Ofelia area in the far north of Quito. There are no longer busses from downtown. The departue time is also changing in some cases but there is still a 6:00am bus which will get you to Chontal in time to get to Los Cedros in one day. 10:00am 12:30pm and 3.00pm are good but there is a new bus to Cielo Verde that passes through Chontal that leaves around 5:00pm. Telefone for Trans Minas 08-594-5827 to check this out.
There has been a nice new edition of some of the guide books which claim that the road from Otavalo to Chontal is open with bus service. This entry is two years ahead of reality and I do not expect this road or probable bus service to be useful until 2010. It does not exsist today so you have to return to Quito to get here.
We need some volunteers as for some reason people who have reciently been in contact sort have been dropping off our comunications system and disappearing for some reason. Well despite the great references to our program in the new guides few people are actually arriving all the way here. This is a remote station with plenty for people interested in nature and hiking so keep on writing. We have had a bad telephone conection which has interfeared with our comunications for the last month or so but things are definatly better and it seems that the regurlar phone is now working so try our 286-5176 number sometimes.
The orchid polinator fungus investigation continues this coming Janurary for a month and more so pótential volunteers should get in contact.
With the aproach of the new road to Magdalena Alto there has been a resurgence of interest from an unwanted sector know as land trafficers. Anyone interested in the hard edge of conservation would be welcome to come help us out at present as the next couple of months will be interesting. The authorities are going to be visiting the local communites to remind people that invasions of state protected areas are being discouraged by police interventions. We expect no danger but we may lose a few trees.
The worldwide increase in basic food and grain prices has affected Ecuador creating 10% inflacion for this year so far and the government has decreed a 10% increase in government salarys to match.
Los Cedros has been working at a loss for most of this year so in order to keep up the fine dining standards here and raise wages again the rates will be raised for 2009.
Volunteers 450$us a month for room and board.
Scientists and Students 30$us per day all inclusive for prearranged projects
Tourists and General Nature Visitors 50$us a day for > 3 nights.
For all projects and students we will listen to any reasonable proposal