Words of Wonder by Alexander von Humboldt
Ecuadorians are strange and unique beings,
they sleep peacefully
amid smoking volcanoes,
they live in poverty
amid incomparable wealth
an they cheer up with sad music.
Alexander von Humboldt
Alexander von Humboldt is a german naturalist and explorer who was a major figure in the classical period of physical geography and biogeography. He strongly believed in the combination of travel and research. From 1799 until 1804 Humboldt and Bonpland travelled through Central and South America, from the Canary Islands to Venezuela and Cuba, through the Andes until the Peruvian Coast and finally to Mexico. They moved through dense tropical forests, tormented by mosquitoes and suffocated by the humid heat. During their trip they studied the topography, flora, and fauna of the continent, climbing to the top of Mt. Chimborazo located in today’s modern Ecuador.