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Anyone ever been to the jungle?

Travel Forums Central/South America & The Caribbean Anyone ever been to the jungle?

1. Posted by Jo17 (Budding Member, 7 posts) 30 Apr '06 06:21

Planning on trekking through the Amazon in a year or so, desperate for advice or suggestions on what to bring/do. If anyone has ever been there or to tropical rainforests anywhere I'd love a few tips or maybe a story or two from personal experience - or maybe something you've heard from other travellers, thanks!

2. Posted by SamSalmon (Respected Member, 622 posts) 1 May '06 08:30

Trekking and Amazon are often mutually exclusive terms.
Most transport is by water-places where paths exist are few and far between and flooded for months at a time.
Places where roads exist are exactly where the jungle used to be.

3. Posted by wotthefiqh (Inactive, 1447 posts) 2 May '06 03:43

In 2005 spent a week staying in jungle lodges out of Iquitos which had the odd trek through the jungle to a local Indian village, but almost all transport is by boat, and boating the Amazon is !!!!!
Even Aguirre, Wrath of God, cruised by raft.

4. Posted by Jo17 (Budding Member, 7 posts) 2 May '06 13:49

Thanks for the grammar check Sam :) to be honest I assumed the same at first but having read articles and spoken to a couple of Peruvian guides, camping in the bush seems to be fairly accepted. My initial idea was to walk and/or boat. Didn't really get that comment by cobbana by the way, boating in the amazon is what...? I'm assuming it was a negative comment but not really sure, want to elaborate?

Anyway, thanks for the advice

5. Posted by wotthefiqh (Inactive, 1447 posts) 2 May '06 17:04

Sorry,
Meant that boating up and down the Amazon between jungle lodges and Iquitos was MEGA!!!

6. Posted by Jo17 (Budding Member, 7 posts) 4 May '06 10:01

ahhh i see, that makes much more sense

7. Posted by Hem (Budding Member, 13 posts) 5 May '06 04:17

Don't miss out on the Amazon - you should definitely go. It's true that most of the transport is by boat.

Not much in the way of tips as take your usual waterproof clothes etc. Visiting local villages is a must. I personally didn't do this, but there are many environmental voluntary organisations you could go through - so you help and learn/see the Amazon.

Go and enjoy.