Ahh, the Amazon. You heard the good and saw the lovely...how about the bad and the ugly?
Truth us, the jungle is not for the faint of heart. Here are 6 topics to accept when coming to the Amazon:
1 Bugs in your room. And your shoes. No matter how luxurious your boat or lodge is, the jungle is king and will infiltrate your space. So when you wake up with a cricket on your head, or a bug party takes place in your plunge pool, dont say I didn't warn you.
2 Heat. The rainforest is hot. It's humid. You will sweat in places you didn't know can sweat. The hikes can be exhausting as you trek in humidity and downpours while covered from head to toe. Showering twice a day won't help, we tried.
3 Spiders. We had a spider take over one reading lamp. We named her Charlotte. Since Charlotte favored sitting on the power switch, the lamp stayed on pretty much the whole week. It's part of life here, and we adjusted.
4 Toilet paper. If you've ever traveled around Latin America, this is not your first rodeo and you know you cannot flush toilet paper. What do you use? There's a bin and it gets cleaned often. No matter how fancy the boat or lodge is, you cannot flush paper. Don't try. You will quickly regret it.
5 Mosquitos. These guys take their jobs seriously. They will bite through jeans. Leave a wrist unattended and it becomes a buffet. They laugh as you put on more bug spray. With the utmost care, we came away with a combined 43 bites. Not bad!
6 The unexpected. This very remote part of the world is full of wonder - and surprises. Don't lean on trees (bullet ants). Don't enter tributaries without the tribe's permission. Don't drink the water. Swim at your own risk (piranhas and paiche fish are aplenty). Respect the storm clouds.
Dangers lurk everywhere. Which makes the Amazon one of the most thrilling and adventurous places to explore!
Do you have what it takes to face the jungle?