Waterfall Hike bananas woman
 I have no regrets taking the time to visit the village where EthnoTrax took me. I was very gratefull for the expertise and hospitality shown to me in the village. EthnoTrax personnel have a great relationship with the villagers which is enhanced by their fluency in the local language and trade language of the country.  In a very short time, I became accustomed to their ways, even venturing out in my bare feet (with my translators!!) for better footing while walking the well-worn paths between each uniquely hand-made hut.  Being welcomed into their “homes” (ones that consist of four simple wood walls with thatched roofing, mats on the floor – covered by mosquito netting – for each member residing there and a fire pit almost directly in the middle) on a daily basis, making them grin as I attempted a few words in the language and eating their food made this experience unforgettable and well worth the trip.

The village is not only an incredible sight to behold from above the amazingly dense jungle foliage but, also, while living alongside the tribe in a well-preserved life on the gorgeous banks of their river.  I was amazed at the patience of the women while they wove their hand-made bags from tree bark they had hand-harvested and tediously rolled in their own hands.  With these people being hunter gatherers (they gather their food EVERY day from the jungle and river), we experienced true community. The men provided freshly harvested bananas, fish and meat that they cooked over the fire on the ground to go along with the white rice the women boiled in huge, battered (from years of use) aluminum kettles over those same fires. We enjoyed our delicious food on “plates” of banana leaves.
One can only truly experience this by stepping into a hunter-gatherer culture. This is truly an incredible destination where time seems to stand still and where you can make the life of the tribe a life your own. Priceless.
– Marie
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