Jungle: A Harrowing True Story of Survival by Yossi GhinsbergFace-to-face with a jaguar, Yossi Ghinsberg is not merely deep in the jungle, hes in deep trouble.
Four backpackers set out for the heart of the Amazon... Marcus, the frail Swiss mystic; Karl, the shifty Austrian geologist with a shady past; Kevin, the well-intentioned American photographer; and Yossi, the Israeli dreamer and eager reporter. But what begins as a dream adventure quickly deteriorates into a dangerous nightmare, and after weeks of wandering in the dense undergrowth the four backpackers split up. Of the four who set out, only two will come back.
Heart of the Amazon is the incredible true story of Yossis triumph over the most adverse and frightening of circumstances. This is a tale of survival and human fortitude against the wildest backdrop on the planet.
This book was originally published in Hebrew as Ba-ḥazarah mi-Ṭuʼitsi. It was translated into English by Yael Politis and Stanley Young. It has been published in several countries under different names, including Heart of the Amazon: The Harrowing Life-and-Death Story of Survival in the South American Jungle, Back from Tuichi: The Harrowing Life-and-Death Story of Survival in the Amazon Rainforest, and Jungle: A Harrowing True Story of Survival in the Amazon. His story was also made into a movie Jungle starring Daniel Radcliffe as Yossi, and featured in the documentary series I Shouldnt Be Alive on the Discovery Channel.
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From Andes to Amazon: trekking through the Bolivian jungle
Ghinsberg had briefly returned from an Africa to Mexico trip and longed for the rainforest immersion experience. He worked several jobs to save the money to travel to South America and dreamed of exploring the uninhabited heart of the Amazon jungle. Ghinsberg hitchhiked from Venezuela to Colombia , where he met Marcus Stamm, a teacher from Switzerland , in the midst of his expeditions, and the pair became good friends and traveled together to La Paz , Bolivia. Ruprechter told Ghinsberg that he was planning an expedition into the uncharted Amazon in Bolivia, in search of gold in a remote, indigenous Tacana village. Ghinsberg, who sought out the opportunity to explore the unexplored areas of the Amazon, immediately joined Ruprechter in his journey, along with two of Ghinsberg's new acquaintances, Marcus Stamm, and Kevin Gale,  an American photographer. The four of them, never having had prior contact with each other, delved into a Bolivian adventure seeking gold. There, they restocked food and supplies.
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B ranches came crashing down and leaves tumbled around me. Over my head, a howler monkey was putting on a display, standing upright, chest puffed out, pelting me with whatever was at hand. That was just one of many captivating encounters in Madidi national park, a vast swath of pristine wilderness in the Bolivian Amazon. Then it was a six-hour journey in a wooden motorboat, chugging gently along the Beni and Tuichi rivers, through sky-high gorges and gallery forest, spotting kingfishers, herons and caiman as I went. In , Israeli-Australian backpacker Yossi Ghinsberg had a very different experience. At the age of 22, he went off the trail and deep into uncharted Madidi in search of lost tribes and hidden treasure. His dream turned into a nightmare when he was separated from his three companions — two of whom disappeared without trace.
The Harry Potter star ate just one boiled egg a day to lose weight and play the role in the film Jungle. The Harry Potter star ate just one boiled egg a day to lose weight and play a lost trekker in the film Jungle. Yossi Ghinsburg, 58, had survived on TWO raw eggs a day — snaffled from chicken nests as he battled through the Bolivian rainforest as a year-old explorer. The Israeli was missing for three weeks and lost 35lbs as hunger, infection and disease took a toll. His feet were reduced to bloodied slabs of meat as he trudged on and on. Parasites burrowed into his skin. He faced attacks from wild boar, the threat of poisonous snakes and even made a flamethrower from mosquito spray and a lighter to repel a stalking jaguar.
He spent the next 20 days on his own, trying to find his way out. With no food or water, he encountered leeches and the attentions of a hungry jaguar. A skin-rotting fungus ate away at his flesh, reducing the last three days of his ordeal to an agonising crawl. He had all but abandoned hope when one of his four travelling companions found him. The other two were never seen again. That was 25 years ago and the Israeli-born, Byron Bay-based businessman is wary of retelling the compelling story.