Lost Tourist Is Saved After Nine Days In The Amazon Rainforest After Monkeys Led Him To Food And Water And A Shaman Was Brought In To Save Him
A Chilean tourist who got lost in the the Amazon rainforest for nine days says a group of monkeys helped him survive by dropping him food and leading him to shelter and water.
Maykool Coroseo Acuña, 25, was camping in Bolivia’s Madidi National Park near the Tuichi River with tour company Max Adventures when he wandered off and got lost in the forest.
The story behind the whirlwind nine days that saw Acuña being accused of disrespecting Mother Nature, shamans praying away evil spirits, and monkeys dropping pieces of fruit has been revealed in a report by National Geographic.
Acuña disappeared from his cabin one evening in February, around 8.30pm, without leaving a trace behind.
Madidi Park Director Marcos Uzquiana initially said that park rangers weren’t sure what happened during his disappearance, saying ‘someone may be lying’.
Acuña had been with a tour group from Max Adventures, in a remote area of the national park that is only accessible by boat and miles from the nearest town.
Max Adventures owner Feizar Nava said that Acuña had signed up for a tour with travelers he’d met the previous day, and the group went into the rainforest for an afternoon of exploring with guides.
When they returned to camp, Acuña was visibly excited, though ‘acting a little bit strange’, Nava said, adding that his face ‘didn’t look normal’.