BAHIA de CARAQUEZ, Ecuador
Last week we visited Isla Corazon in the Rio Chone.
The island consists of mangroves, or trees that extend finger-like roots into the water. We took a canoe through this endangered habitat.
Extensive shrimp farming depleted an estimated 90 percent of the mangroves in Ecuador during the shrimp boom of the 1990s. Isla Corazon, or Heart Island, is a natural preserve to educate visitors about the vital role mangroves play for birds, marine life and the quality of fresh water.
Here´s My 5: