What our travellers to the Amazon have just experienced from 22 October to 2 November can hardly be put into words: “It was indescribable, an entirely different world, the vegetation, the people, the sounds! None of us could stop ourselves from frequently welling up! By far the best trip I have ever been on!”
We could continue with such superlatives. The group already experienced the first highlight on the second day close to where they had arrived, i.e. in Bogotá: a salt cathedral with a nave and two aisles, 180 metres deep in a former salt mine – gigantic!
And then it was off to the great Amazon adventure with Hervé Neukomm. The Swiss national who turned his back on conventions has been living the ‘pura vida’ in the jungle for many years. On his 240-hectare property, the Resort Habitat Sur, he and his wife work on different environmental and cultural projects that are aimed at protecting the rainforest and its inhabitants. The ideal guide for ENERGETIX’s trip!
Joey Kelly was another personality who shaped this journey. He’s a fan of ENERGETIX and had already made the trip to the Amazon region three years ago during which he was very touched by the unique nature, the people and Hervé’s desire to protect the Amazon rainforest. Joey’s trip was the inspiration for this prize for ENERGETIX’s competition and he was happy to seize the opportunity to return to this special place in the company of our business partners.
A journey without roads. Distances were covered by speedboat or canoe. Or on foot! There couldn’t be a more intensive way of experiencing the jungle. The routes took the participants across difficult terrain, through mud and along paths with many obstacles. The trips were interrupted with breaks for bathing in the middle of the jungle – with spontaneous mud packs.
Spontaneous and unplanned was also the encounter with an old healer, who was summoned by the inhabitants of a village as a minor injury had been suffered and whose personality and her sincere intervention made a very profound impression.
The qualifiers were able to get up close to the animals at a rescue station for injured animals. The encounter with an anaconda may well be described as sensational, even if the staff did say it was ‘tame’.
The adventurers got some time to relax briefly with music and dance at a typical village in the middle of the jungle before returning to Bogotá via Leticia after a trip to an animal reserve. This is where the group experienced why this city of millions is internationally famous for its graffiti.
The closing highlight was a visit to a family-run ecologically sustainable coffee plantation. These were definitely the first coffee beans to be harvested directly by ENERGETIX business partners.
‘Pura vida’ — the qualifiers for the ‘Pure Nature’ prize were able to gain a small but intensive impression of this special lifestyle and it certainly provided lots of food for thought in regard to their own lifestyles on their return home. A trip that once again emphasized the special and exclusive nature of ENERGETIX’s competitions and demonstrated how much the company appreciates its business partners.
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