Travel Diary: Into The Amazon

11th March, 2014

To get to the Juma Amazon Lodge, deep in the heart of the Brazilian jungle, one must take a flight to Manaus, then drive an hour in an airport transfer van, board a boat for another hour-long ride, transfer to a vintage VW bus trip through the mouth of the jungle, then hop on another boat for one last hour-long journey. It’s a daunting expedition, but it’s worth every minute, every mile. Amazon2Juma is a totally sustainable eco lodge built into the river banks of the rain forest, and staying there is an experience totally removed from the everyday realities of modern life. There’s no air conditioning, no phone service, no internet connection ~ just a lot of glorious hiking and hammock lounging. Amazon3 Amazon4Boating there allows the opportunity to see the Meeting of the Waters, where the muddy-mauve Solimões River and the jet-black Negro River run side by side without mixing, to form the great Amazonas River. It’s an incredible natural anomaly, another epic reminder of the greatness of nature. Amazon5|ABOVE| stilted pathways leading from room to room at Juma Amazon6 Amazon7 Amazon8 Amazon9|ABOVE + BELOW| Ever since we visited Beijing’s Imperial Palace, Zach’s been teasingly requesting concubines. His wishes came true with a harem of hairy monkey mistresses in the jungle! With his long hair and beard, they must have thought he was their king; they hardly left his side for a minute of our trip.Amazon11 Amazon12|ABOVE + BELOW| we adjusted well to #thathammocklyfe Amazon13 Amazon14|ABOVE| nap time with Blackie Amazon15 Amazon16Beside hammocking with monkeys, we spent our days in the Amazon swimming, piranha fishing, alligator spotting, and boating deeper and deeper into the jungle for eye-opening hikes, learning about the forest’s miraculous plant life. Should I ever fall terribly ill, skip the hospital and take me right back here! The locals have undoubtedly unlocked the secret sorceries of our earth, a power which they wield responsibly but spectacularly. Amazon17Amazon19 |ABOVE + BELOW| you know how I feel about crown-making, so I was thrilled to pick up some fresh techniques from the Amazonians Amazon18 Amazon20 Amazon21|ABOVE| Kelly wears Westward\Leaning sunnies, Balinese scarf, Lisa Marie Fernandez neoprene swimsuit, vintage belt, shorts from Vietnam, Amazon-issued calf guards and Nike shoes |BELOW| Zach wears draped Vietnamese shorts and Nike shoes Amazon22 Amazon23 Amazon24 Amazon25|ABOVE| fishing for our dinner in a hat from the markets of Salvador da Bahia and a Miguelina caftanAmazon26 Amazon27 Amazon28|PHOTOGRAPHY| by Zach + Kelly

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