Our time in the Amazon was an amazing, humid, sweaty sweaty uncomfortable, once in a lifetime experience. I felt like Teddy Roosevelt in The River of Doubt but without the life threatening infection. Fortunately I had that vaccine taken care of so I was not concerned about yellow fever. Also the extra strength, probably skin melting, bug spray was very effective. We also had delightful DEET face wipes, a slight change from the usual grapefruit scented Burt’s Bees face wipes, but much more utilitarian.
I’ve wanted to go to the Amazon since I was a kid and I read Journey to the River Sea. The turn of the century (19th to 20th) story of an orphan girl (they have the best adventures in kids books, teaches weird lessons) who goes with her strict governess to stay with her aunt, uncle and of course two evil cousins on the edge of the Manaus rubber plantations. She’s horribly mistreated and her governess turns out to be her ally and then the house burns down and the uncle tries to save his glass eyeball collection instead of his children and the governess and the girl get on a boat and go up the river to find a giant sloth! #lifegoals
They sea river dolphins and the governess hikes up her skirt and takes her hair down! They did indicate that humidity and sweatiness were an important part of the experience, hence hiking up the skirt.