“What is the name of that tree?” people often ask when travelling through the province of Manabi, Ecuador.
“The one that sinks its toes into the earth, pokes out its belly, stretches its arms into the sky and looks almost human?” I smirk.
“Yes!” they exclaim.
“Ceibo; Isn’t it magical?”
A close cousin to tropical America’s Ceiba trees, the Ceibos look as if they could pull up roots and waltz across the landscape beneath the spell of a full moon! Anyone who has ever gaped up at cumulus clouds and seen faces or animals will easily see the humanesque traits of the ceibos. Continue reading