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    Arrow Hammocking in the Amazon?

    I get an email from a mass email called Urban Daddy. Most of the time I ignore their emails, but this one happened to catch my eye.

    The description:
    "The Amazon.

    Three million square miles of wild rainforest, teeming with feral jaguars, poisonous snakes and flesh-eating insects.

    In other words, a great place to set up a hammock for a little shut-eye.

    Welcome to Hammocking in the Amazon, your chance to spend the night in an unsheltered hammock in the Amazon jungle, taking reservations now.

    In short, you’re about to get extremely well-acquainted with nature. You’ll start by hopping a flight to Manaus, Brazil, then take a speedboat a few miles upriver with a private guide named Fabio. (Not that Fabio.)

    Then, you’ll find yourself in the company of bugs, sloths, giant frogs... and the occasional beam of sunlight poking through the trees. But as darkness sets in and Fabio sees you yawning, he’ll string up a soft-fiber hammock and a mosquito net so you can get to know the other 80% of the Amazon wildlife (monkeys, snakes, maybe one of those jaguars) that’s mostly nocturnal. They supposedly have enough food to leave a creature your size alone... but don’t wear anything that smells too much like howler monkey.

    The next morning, we suggest celebrating your survival by swimming with some pink dolphins in the river (yes, they’re really pink) before retiring to the shore for some champagne and piranha soup, a locally renowned aphrodisiac.

    Second only to danger. "

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    I like that,,, Swim in the river and then have piranha soup. (-;. You've got to like sweltering heat and bugs when in the Amazon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Otis_Hiker View Post
    a private guide named Fabio. (Not that Fabio.)
    What! Not that Fabio!? Then I dont want to go!
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    My first hang was maybe a 10 day trip on the Amazon and slept in Hammocks every night.
    My first thought was "What? we're sleeping in hammocks!?" But I woke up that first A.M. and said "Yeah, we're sleeping in Hammocks!"
    Swam with the pink dolphins and the whole 9 yards. Great trip that I'd highly recommend.
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    You definately dont want to be on the ground at night in the amazon.

    I saw a documentary where certain natives when out overnight, sleep in woven hammocks made on the spot. I think it was strouds extreme survival.

    His latest show.

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    I wouldn't sleep in an "unsheltered" hammock for a million bucks there. snakes dwell in trees!! It actually kinda freaks me out thinking about one slithering in my hammock with me while I'm sleeping. How awkward is that gonna be tryin' to get outta the hammock fast and not get bitten??!!

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    I did some research work on the pink dolphins back in my college days. Spent a few weeks on the Amazon. I could kick myself these days for my ignorance back then. Every village we visited used hammocks for sleeping. We were far too stupid, slept in cots back on the boat.

    I'd consider this vacation just as a little pay-back on my younger self for missing out!
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    practical backpacking did a podcast with the guy who is currently walking the entire length of the amazon river. it's worth a listen

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    A thread from a while ago that talked of amazing Amazonian adventures.
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