Indigenous Hospitality Finally Pulls Through
In Casey's new blog he explains how a Ticuna chief Laurindo used diplomacy to explain to and tame certain Ticuna indigenous regions that were less than friendly and had been threatening Casey in his attempt to cross their lands.
Not only did he provide great hospitality, Laurindo also helped Casey gain confidence to continue his journey after he grew despondent about the harsh realities of money, time and difficulty he was facing.
We reported earlier that Casey had experienced setbacks from two separate guides on separate trips forfeiting the journeys followed by agonizing days backtracking through thick jungles. But now we are informed that, while, out of frustration he was preparing to do the journey solo, suddenly a Ticuna man named Crispin offerred to be his guide.
Though Crispin was timid to be the lead in the trekking, the duo managed to cross the very trying jungle stretch. Casey led through "knee-deep necromass" over fallen trees and incredibly steep slopes, ever hopeful that he wouldn't accidentally step on a venomous snake. As previously reported, they also encountered swarms of the worst mosquitoes encountered to date. This led them from near Amatura to San Paolo de Olivencia, Casey's current location.
Casey is now cleaning and repairing his worn-out kit, while also preparing food for three for the next part of the journey. Crispin, who had to go home for a festival, will join him again but this time with his brother. The next step of their journey? To get to the town of Benjamin Constant, on the Brazil/Peru border.