Kieran y Alejo en la Maloca Huitoto
La preparacion del mambe de coca
Kieran y Churuco
My experience with Borugo was something only Alzheimer's could erase from my memory. For four and a half days, I was in a world I hadn't imagined. I can't recall ever feeling this "out of my shell" before, but I had wonderful guides and never had to worry one second of my time in Amazonas.
My first problem, was that my Spanish is god awful. But that didn't deter from the experience too much, I think. The amazing thing about spoken language, and not being able to use it, is that you find other ways to talk to one another. I spent two days with the Ticuna tribe in San Martin, and though I couldn't communicate my feelings in words to them, we still laughed hard, and I still soaked up information like a jungle sponge. I felt completely at ease in their lifestyle, and greatly admire the way they live day in and day out. The truth is, I'm envious. There is a lot the western world could learn from the Ticuna tribe.
All in all, it's very difficult to articulate the feeling or experience of the Amazon to someone who has never visited it before. Everywhere there is life. In the air, in the ground, on the ground, in the trees, in the water, on the water, under rocks and, in my case, on the door of the hut i was sleeping in (big tarantula!!!). When you take a few moments to simply stand still in the middle of the jungle, you can feel all of this life. Coming from New York, where seeing a firefly is a special treat, the Amazon is a breath of fresh air.
Alejo and his team are incredibly kind people with a sense of adventure that adapts to anyone's tastes. I would suggest saying "yes" to anything that is offered to you by Borugo. See it all, do it all, you have no worries because you are in safe hands. Without a doubt, I will be back. Not because I missed anything I wanted to see (Borugo took care of that), but because I wish to see my friends again.
New York, U.S.A., 23/Jul/09