This is a short story about Rafael Clavijo, an outstanding Colombian man who deserves great respect and support.
For a long time Rafael Clavijo had a dream of creating an ecological park which would both preserve and give public access to natural wonders of Amazonia. Despite having an establish career in Australia, at the age of 36, Rafael together with his family (and his mother Ana Maria Pardo), bought 29 hectares of Amazonian rainforest which had previously been partially devastated. It cost not only money but lots of effort, creativity and hard work to restore the forest and to get the park operating. The park “Mundo Amazonico” opened to the public in 2010.
Now, along short routes and trails, visitors can see the same amount of Amazonian biodiversity as would be seen, lets say, during a two-day expedition into the forest. “Mundo Amazonico” is an important center for environmental education. The park includes a large collection of endemic plants and fruit plants of Amazonia, and all sorts of wildlife can be encountered along the routes and trails. There is also a tea house (to taste local herbal teas) and a recently made aquarium with a rather interesting collection of exotic fish only found here in the Amazon.
On top of this, if visitors desire to experience the rain forest and at the same time have some comfort (bathrooms, restaurant or experienced guides), they can camp there. Visitors can also receive information about lifestyle and traditions of indigenous communities in the area as well as information about sustainable projects to help the indigenous people and rainforest. Actually, the park not only combines eco-tourism with environmental preservation, but also provides a place for scientific research on many species found in the Amazon. We expect (and suggest) that scientific study will get greater development in the near future.
– to 2015 the park “Mundo Amazonico” has been nationally and internationally recognized. Various awards and recognitions encourage Rafael Clavijo and the other co-founders (Ana Maria Pardo and Milena Mayorga) to work on conservation and environmental education.
Rafael Clavijo is the General Manager of the park. His passion is inspiring. We feel great respect for such devoted people who care about the Amazonian rainforest and people’s education.
Read more: www.mundoamazonico.com
In the photographs: General Manager Rafael Clavijo and his park "Mundo Amazonico".