Photographer: Daniela Cueva
Location: Laguna of Yatuncocha

"I took this photograph because I had to. It was impossible to divert my eye and the eye of the lens from the reflection of the lush vegetation in the dark water, and from the contrast of the landscape so full of different shapes. Yasuní is a living piece of paradise, a place of profound beauty, half of which lies in heaven."

The Yasuní’s aquatic ecosystems are central to the economy and the livelihood of local people, providing transportation, water for domestic and industrial use, and habitats the aquatic fauna which are an important source of protein for the inhabitants of the river banks. Development and logging are endangering mammal habitats, such as those of the giant otter and the Amazonian manatee.

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