Can you imagine being totally isolated from everything and everyone you know? Not just being away from the familiar, safe and comforting but not having any connection whatsoever – to anyone or on any platform, I have experienced this. This to me is golden time, a time of no distractions. It takes a few hours of being fully immersed in your present activities to shake off ‘the fear of missing out’ it’s what happens when you get feelings of withdrawral from sites such as Facebook and What’sApp and keeping track of what’s going on within your virtual world.
When I was in the Amazon Rainforest for a few weeks I slowly became accustomed to the slow, blood raising pace of the internet connection, it’s so frustrating constantly refreshing tabs and backtracking sites, but when you venture into the jungle all connection ceases to exist, there is no trying anymore and that’s peaceful. There was definetly an element of sadness accompanied by freedom and adventure taking over, that rush of pure greatness sweeps over you and you begin to see the world. I loved having no Wi-Fi in the jungle.
The speedboat sped down the Amazon River at top speed, bright orange life jackets buckled tightly, my hand gripping Joshua, our adventure was coming into reality. The sun was fading rapidly, it wasn’t safe after dusk to move this fast down the river. We would make it to the Eco Lodge just after sundown so long as the current worked with us. The array of colours in the sky was something I will never forget, from bright reds and oranges to vivid purples and blues, you couldn’t capture it and do the scenes any justice, I guess this would have to stay within memory for as long as I could hold onto it, I stared hard and a little more harder to ensure my eyes would never forget the magic in the sky that evening.
When the sun had completely set the driver announced the lodge was within 1 mile, we slowed down and turned the speedboat around and pulled into the jetty, we were warmly greeted by all the staff at the Pacaya Samiria Eco Lodge, there were huge smiles on all our faces, Joshua was too excited and leaped onto the jetty, he was sweeped up by a member of staff, we knew this was going to be epic!
We made our way up the wooden jungle lodge stairs into the huge dinning area, and I mean huge, it could easily seat 150 people, it was overlooking the Amazon River, similar to how you would image a cruise ship type view and guess what we were the only guests there along with 1 young couple around my age – mid twenties. We were handed a glass of beautiful refreshing camu juice, this stuff is amazing, not just it’s nutritional values but the taste is sheer bliss! Our bags were taken to our room, we actually it was a little bungalow lodge, air conditioned, tinted windows, a bathroom with a bath!, 3 double beds, a sofa, coffee table and chairs and a balcony looking out onto the Amazon!
We had a large swimming pool to use after long treks through the rainforest, there were hammocks for late night talks about the reflection of life and God, with no Wi-Fi distraction or the constant feed or refreshing of Facebook, I had the chance to lay in the pool watching various lightening storms in the distance, seeing stars and satellites in the purple velvet sky, hearing the sounds of the creatures in the night.
This was probably the most peaceful place on earth I had experienced so far. The lodge was all made of wood with straw roofs throughout, there were 14 individual bungalows, a swimming pool, 3 bars, a games room, sports area, restaurant and much more. Electricity went out by 10pm each nigh, no more air conditioning or lights, all devices needed to be charged during the early evening, there were 2 huge portable lights located in each bungalow so we were never completely without a source of light, however, a short stroll outside you would be amazed by the fireflies lighting up the night floating in the distance.
Being without any phones and internet was a God send, I was much happier swimming with pink dolphins, holding poisonous frogs and Amazonian centipedes.
The food in the jungle was so much more than we could have come to expect, our lovely chef would ask us what we felt like eating each day, they would obtain fresh ingredients such as plantain, piranha fish and caiman, we ate very wholesome meals, I still miss it to this day. The juice was freshly squeezed, our favourite was a juice called Camu, it was red with a similar taste to berries and melon.
Sunsets were epic, the colours where just mind blowing.
I remember one night I went for a walk in the rainforest, it was pitch black, I joked with my guide about my nightlight on my Galaxy being brighter than his torch, the only downside to this was the huge amount of bugs that would swarm me, it was really creepy, they kept bouncing off my face and going into my mouth if a dare talk. If you didn’t know your way around the forest there would be no way to make it back without being lost for hours, we were hoping to find a massive tarantula, we picked up rotten logs and rustled the huge leaves around us hoping one would drop out and give us a fright but instead we found this cute frog! After a few hours and growing tired we headed back for a game of American pool.