Our first night in the jungle, members of the indigenous community stopped by our campsite to welcome us. They played the flute, passed around a bottle of rubbing alcohol (96 percent) and talked about the challenges of living in the Amazon.
The community had a school, but no teachers. A river, but no potable water. And the wild pigs weren’t coming around as often as the used to.
We also learned that less than three decades ago, it was common for boys to get married and start families between the age of 12 and 14. Today, they wait a little longer.
Charka Indigenous Territory in Pilon Lajas Nature Reserve - Amazonia, Bolivia - © Diego Cupolo 2012