My ear to the earth-feeling the heartbeat of the Amazon

Day 10: Earth

At what point in your travels have you felt most in tune with the Earth? Share a story of how you interacted with the local environment or nature.

BootsNAll is having a 30 day Indie Travel Project and here is my contribution for day 10.


I’ve said it before- I left my heart in the Amazon. I first encountered this magical place last year, on a Volunteer trip with Asprideq-(Manu Park Volunteer) and I fell in love with the animals, the sounds, the smells- it had me enchanted.

My view everyday from the porch

I returned to the same place this year to live and I fell in love with it all over again. A house built of wood, a kitchen, no electricity, and only accessible by boat.

If you sit still for a while you can capture these gorgeous butterflies

The very nature of living there forced me to slow down. Without the noises of the city, all you can hear are the birds singing to each other in the trees, the rushing of the river as it flowed downstream, and 3 times a day, the rustling of pans in the kitchen as we prepared meals- often by candlelight.

Our kitchen- built into a few large rocks

We lived simply- working on replanting trees (reforestation), fishing in the river, lots of hiking, camping…basically a re-connection with the earth. Laundry days were spent shooing away bees, spotting butterflies, and feeling the satisfaction of my arms burning as I washed and hung my clothes up.

Laundry time!

Some nights I’d make a rum and coke and endless card games would be played.

Cards by candlelight

Other times, while fishing, I’d get excited over a fish my guide had caught ( I only caught tiny ones) because I knew we’d be cooking it up for dinner. There is nothing as yummy as a freshly caught meal.

River fish for dinner

We cooked over a gas stove top, and more times than not I’d have to blow ants or spiders off our vegetables- and I’m not talking about the ants you see back home-these ants are large, and only after a while did I learn which bit and which would just tickle me. The earth also provided medicinal plants- of which we sought especially after scratching at mosquito bites.

Medicine from a bark of a tree that will stop bites from itching & heal them

I relished the time I spent there- I missed nothing of the luxuries you’d normally crave over time-the only thing that was important was the happiness I felt waking up to the music of the birds and wandering over to the balcony to watch the sun come up and begin to warm my whole body.

Hello world

With my feet in the soil and my heart open wide- appreciating the beauty of the land, I felt the heartbeat of the Amazon.

A beautiful day in the jungle




  • Zak says:

    Every once in a while, I come across a piece of written word that, at some point in the future, I can look back and say, “That’s when I started the big idea to do *this.*”

    I have a feeling this is going to be that piece for me when I float the Amazon :) Thanks for sharing!

    • Mica says:

      Aww Zak thank you thank you so much for that comment. So glad you think so. I hope its as amazing for you as it has been for me.

  • wow that looks amazing! You know, in today’s age, as much as I say I’m going somewhere remote to get “away” there is always at minimum a internet cafe that I just can’t stay out of. I need a true get away like this.

    My most in tuned feelings came in Mexico believe it or not. The landscapes there are truly awe inspiring and the people are amazing!

    • Mica says:

      I have heard beautiful things about Mexico as well, I have only to scrape the surface of it. I think everyone should attempt a true disconnect at least once.

  • Deb says:

    Wonderful post. I have never been to the Amazon but I imagine it to be exactly as you described. I can see why you left your heart in the Amazon. I love the photo “hello world” what a gorgeous sight to wake up to!

  • Erica says:

    And for this reason I am looking forward to our time on the Amazon. It has been calling me since I was a small child and the thought that I will be boating down it has my heart aflutter.

    • Mica says:

      You will visit it and it will stay with you. Even now I tell you everyday I miss it. I dream of it. If I could, I would go back right now. Take me with you.

  • Michi says:

    Oh, true love! I’ve only dreamt of the Amazon, but want to go so very badly (heck, I want to go most everywhere I’ve never been oh so very badly). 😉 But I especially love hiking/living off the land/nature trips, and prefer them over a bustling city any day.

    • Mica says:

      It’s the thought of going back there that keeps me going here in Australia. I cannot freaking wait.

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