Endoca is journeying into the Central American rainforest to meet the people who make chicle – the natural gum made from tree sap – that forms the basis of Endoca CBD chewing gum.
After flying 11 hours from Frankfurt with 230 people, today I changed to a smaller plane with just four passengers. What a change, but service in these domestic flights airport is very personal – women writing tickets, men carrying luggage.
At the airport there was only my luggage, so people were happy to take turns carrying, as at last there was some work to do. I arrived too early to catch the flight and there was only one other person in the airport. She was surprised that another passenger had arrived more than 15 minutes before the flight left, as normally people buy their tickets directly before boarding and go straight to the plane.
The air outside is like being in a Scandinavian spa. All exotic plants are here, talking through their scents. Coming from the north where thanks to the cold, our noses and smells are frozen – it is nice kind of feeling.
Flying over rain forest for 400km was amazing. Nature is huge! I can only compare it to one other occasion seeing something so big, when I was flying over Siberia.
I started to look for a compass in my bag as I thought it would be one of the things I will need when going deeper into jungle.
When I landed I was met by 3 people: I had to follow one from airplane to the airport, one carrying my luggage, and one taking me into the cab.
I love taxi news, and a friendly taxi driver started up a conversation. When he found out that I came to meet the chiclero and to see how they collect chicle sap, he told me that his father was a chiclero and he knows a lot about it. I could see he felt great pride.
The chicle factory is in this small town in Mexico near the border with Belize and almost everyone has some relation to it. The chicle sap production is organized by the local community and is owned by the people who work with it. Tomorrow I am going to meet them and I am very excited.