Location: Napu River, Amazon

Today was our first day in the Amazon. We had all expected to step off the plane and surrounded by snakes and spiders, but to our amazement, we found a real city with tall(ish) buildings and busy streets. Hours later we arrived at the hotel after a short canoe ride and immediately began exploring the jungle on Hector’s Island, an area dedicated to re-acclimating domesticated primates into nature. As Hector, the island owner and guide pointed high into the tree canopy; we were all stunned by a group of seven monkeys. As they leaped from branch and branch and ate out of the trees, we all stared in awe. This is what we had been anticipating the whole trip.