Rachel Harper – 8/23

As our trip begins to wind down, we have had a few action packed days to remember. Today I
was with the group that started our day with the sunrise over the Amazon River as we traveled
by boat 75 miles away to the canopy walk through the jungle. While there, we not only saw the
amazing views over the trees, but also learned all about the primary forest, glow in the dark
fungus that grows on the trees, the sounds different monkeys make and even about traditional
Amazon medicine from a shaman. We met Charlie, the capybara who became our tour guide
and led our entire group through the forest back to the lodge. We topped the day off with a night
hike to the field and swamps at ceiba tops where we got unbeatable jungle views of the Milky
Way, Saturn, shooting stars, and red eyes of the camens living in the swamps. I am so thankful
to have had the opportunity to come on this trip where I've gained not only invaluable clinical
experience but also cultural experience. The Amazonian culture has been a rich and welcoming
culture whose people and experiences will stay with us forever.

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