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Cambridge, United Kingdom
July 25, 2003
Day 4=Swimming in the Rio Napo. for this being a strong swimmer is needed as I was nearly carried downstream very quickly by strong currents. Hard to believe where you are, swimming in a tributary to the Amazon surrounded by thousands of miles of rainforest.
All in all going to the jungle is something that can't be missed, my experience was unlike anything I have ever done, and probably will do. You have to see it to understand!
From journal Ecuador
Day 1= waterfalls and trek though the jungle. This was one of the best things I have ever done. For a whole day we followed a stream through dense jungle, climbing up waterfalls by rope. This is definitely not for the faint hearted and was strenuous but simply amazing. Wellington boots are the only footwear to wear and are given to you. Be prepared to squeeze into rock crevaces with bats and get very dirty, wet and exhausted. Although far from safe, the guides know what they are doing inside out and make sure you get through.
day 2= Going down the river Napo on rubber inside tires. Again this was strenuous but very fun! The tires are tied together and you float downstream ecountering rapids on the way. You stop at an indigenous village with very overexcited children (take sweets to give them) and you feel completly in the middle of nowhere.