Of all the activities Juma Lodge provides, my favorite was the jungle walk, a serious hike through the Amazon Rainforest. The breathtaking flora and fauna, the steamy nature of the air around you, the wild views of dense tropical rainforest reaching stories high above your head to the fallen leaves under your feet. It was – in one word – BEAUTIFUL. Leaving the lodge by boat, we ventured to a new part of this dense forest. I loved when our boat would enter into the tree canopies; it was like entering a magical world full of natural secrets. We started by clearing the path through the jungle with a machete, then learned how to climb Acai Trees like the natives by making rope out of leaves, how to communicate far distances with a stick and a tree, that Babasu Gongoin (beetle larvae) tastes just like coconuts (and according to our guide, Bill Gates loved them on his walking tour!), and how to separate palm leaves in order to fold them into forest crowns. Not your typical Monday activities in Manhattan!
After a refreshing swim at the end of our hike (remember it’s like 100000% humidity) we had lunch cooked over an open flame and took a dip to cool off. That evening we went fishing for piranhas which later became part of our family style meal. The journey to get here, the monkeys, and being forced to disconnect from the rest of the world will put this place, deep in the heart of the Amazon, forever deep in mine.
and FYI- Manaus is only a 5 hour flight from Miami, what adventure you take from there is up to you!
Above, communicating through vibrating sounds with a stick and a tree. Below, a native fruit that expands in your stomach to give you the illusion of feeling full… ummmmm best diet idea ever?
Below – the best way to repel insects is by having them crawl on you first! They taught us that you can allow the ants to crawl on your hands, wipe them off and then your skin smells of natural insect repellant, similar to the smell of OFF.
Above, eating beetle larvae! Below, Kevin shakes out a palm tree so that we may learn traditional weaving which can be used to make baskets, rugs, whistles, jewelry or in our case- forrest crowns!
Above, learning how to make rope with leaves. Below, tying it around your feet in order to climb a tree to gather fruit.
Above, our travel companion Gaby cools off after the hike.
Above, heading out piranha fishing in a Maiyet dress.
Above & below- travel companions Kelly & Zach
Kevin puts his spear he whittled on our afternoon hike through the rainforest to use…
23 thoughts on “Jungle Walk”
Love, love, love! Your adventures make me want to get on a plane and go somewhere right now.
So many beautiful memories!!!
I am speechless! Wow!
Would you believe I caught that piranha with a spear I carved myself?
Well… I did carve the spear…
I was wondering about that.
Definitely a once in a lifetime trip. I didn’t think any of the waters in the Amazon would be safe to take a dip in?
Still TBD as far as I’m concerned…
We caught crocs and piranha in the same body of water we swam in… so…
Your group was far more brave than I would’ve been. A toe maybe but not full body.
AH! This looks so incredible and your un touched glow is beautiful… not a bad look for Kevin with the forest crown either. x
I was so proud of him for rocking it so hard core! lol
You guys are freaking fearless. Also… how is it possible to look so chic in a jungle? I’d be a hot mess and a half.
Can you all just go everywhere in the world and post about it so that I can satisfy my need to explore via this blog?
hahahahha! I’m trying! 🙂 On the dream list: Japan, Bali, Central America, Cambodia, Egypt, India, Spain to name a few 😉
how very cool. I am living vicariously through your adventures. thank you for sharing
Stunning, as always! 🙂
No, you didn’t get in the water!! You did not!!!!
Ha! Oh my goodness, you two! Beautiful, strong adventurers…
Loved it, I live at the state right next to the one you guys were, you actually experienced our forest, most just look and have no courage to go in the forest. Looking at the pictures I can see you realy allowed yourselves to KNOW the Amazon.
Incredible low-light photographs! And the head pieces are so lovely, you guys always manage to make everything look so MAGICAL!
What a fun adventure! I love it!