Trekking in the Amazon Rainforest

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After a day in the mountains, the group packed small day bags for a 2 day jungle adventure. We spent the night at a jungle lodge right along the river that was absolutely amazing. This hotel is a replica of what older times used to be, so all the rooms were made of bamboo and had no electricity. It was really fun, because the rooms housed 10 each, so all the group stayed up late telling stories, playing cards by the candlelight and talking.

The next day, we went on a 5 hour jungle hike. While we were provided rubber boots for hiking, I have never seen such deep mud in my entire life. There were huge swamps of mud everywhere and we were all so dirty by the end of the hike. Our tour guides are jungle experts, so during the hike we took lots of stops to learn about the fauna of the jungle. We tried lots of different plants, put natural clay on our faces, and even ate termites. There were also tons of different bugs that we saw, including a 10 inch millipede.

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After hiking around for a bit, our group hopped in a nearby river that leads to a secluded waterfall. You actually have to swim up current to get to the waterfall, but it was totally worth it. This waterfall was completely surrounded by rock, so it looked like the water was just coming out of nowhere from above. It was one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen. That was by far the highlight of the jungle trek, even if the water was absolutely freezing. I couldn´t have asked for something more beautiful.

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Author: Megan Arz

I am a travel and food obsessed Midwesterner living in Chicago and dreaming of the world. I work as a full-time program manager for Greenheart Travel, but I am also committed to integrating the travel lifestyle into my every day routines. I am passionate about ethical travel, meeting new people, creating unique memories and eating local cuisine!

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