“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.” – Marcel Proust
What would it be like to cook every meal with fresh fruits from the jungle and only a small wooden fire to cook the “carne” of the day? To have other foods and drinks brought to you by boat only once or twice per week? How would you spend the evening hours from dusk til sunrise the next day with only a small generator to power your lights or radio for a few short hours? Lying in a hammock in this Peruvian jungle, I ask myself these questions and think how different life could be. No hot water. No fresh drinking water even. Everything takes more time, energy and careful preparation. It is important to be mindful of the jungle’s true inhabitants and remember you are only a visitor here. Do not try to change this place. It is what it is – and what it is, is beautiful. A quiet yet evident reminder of your life at home. And isn’t that one of the best parts about traveling to places unknown? To experience a life unlike your own. To embrace it and celebrate it for what it is. To admire and respect the people, animals and even the plants that live there. And to leave that place slightly changed because of all you’ve experienced.
Special thanks to Ms. Amanda Lewis, my travel companion to Peru, for contributing this article!