Into the wilderness, I found peace and tranquility, which really amazed me. Experiencing the nature in Amazon Rainforest was a feeling words can’t describe. As usual, I have to disconnect with the world to connect with nature and be at peace. This is the story of my 48 hours isolation in Amazon Rainforest.
I am an explorer seeking adventure and always ready to explore the beauty of nature. This time, I decided to go to Amazon Jungle with 48 hours in isolation as the ultimate objective. My trip started by visiting Kaieteur Falls in Guyana, which is the world’s largest single drop waterfall by the volume of water flowing over it and four times the size of Niagara Falls. Mesmerized by the beauty of Amazon nature, our next stop was Surama village, where we got connected with the indigenous Amerindians and the Bushmasters (ex UK Special Forces Survival Instructor). In the village, we checked our equipment and all the gears and then entered the Amazon Rainforest after walking for a couple of hours from the village.
The 48 hours isolation didn’t start right at the moment when we stepped into the jungle. For the first few days, we learned about setting up camps, igniting fire, bow & arrows, traps, fishing and everything that is important for our survival in isolation. Alas, fate had other plans for me. While the survival techniques were being taught, I became very sick with high fever and not to mention how my feet’s were looking due to continuous exposure to water, which had gotten really worse. But I am thankful to God that my sickness couldn’t stop me from moving ahead, as I was determined to be one with the nature and experience its sheer beauty.
Mind you, there were a lot of animals, insects and other things that can kill you if you don’t know how to survive. Even the river water can cause great damage if consumed raw. Even though the river is where the Black Caiman, Piranha, and Anaconda live but hygiene is important for survival and we used the river to clean ourselves and check our bodies for any bite marks and bleeding. The animals, insects, plants, and river were though dangerous but it is the true beauty of nature. We were in the area of Jaguars and I was hoping to bump into one, but I didn’t. I guess, I don’t know whether its good luck or bad luck, but I couldn’t see any Jaguar despite being in its area. Waking up to Howling Monkey was amazing, though it feels annoying to many, but I am a bit different. Well, my main objective was to experience nature in its actual form after all.
The Isolation Begins
Conserving my energy was the first thing in my mind so I started building my shelter, to further help stay dry from the constant rain, and stay above ground away from water and any potential threats from living species.
Surviving is not an easy thing especially not in Amazon Rainforest where you can easily get lost searching for wood or food away from your shelter and in the worst cases die. Fortunately, we had rescue radios on us for one use only to summon help and get evacuated, in case we fall sick, get lost, or couldn’t cope with the nature.
Except for the rescue radio, I was stripped out of my watch, phone and etc., and was provided with a very basic survival kit and a machete. Being strapped of any theology telling me what time it is made me feel like time was standing still, it was not moving.
It was constantly raining, which made things way harder but I was able to put a roof above my head and to dry the wood enabled me to start fire. This might appear easy but I hadn’t had anything to eat the first day. Thinking the next day can be my lucky day, I slept on an empty stomach. Little did I know that the second day was going to be a lot harder. I tried my luck with the fishing, using the fishing rod we built ourselves, but to no avail. No fish was interested in becoming my dinner or taking my bait.
The second day again, I slept on empty stomach and survived by conserving energy and drinking plenty of water. When the 48 hours were over, the third morning they came to pick me up. Learning how to survive and actually surviving on your own are two different things.
Regardless, this journey like any other taught me valuable lessons, which surely are going to help me in the future.