It’s a winding eight-hour bus ride across the Andes, where you feel the effects of the altitude and bone-chilling cold. After a motion-sickness-inducing descent into the Amazon basin, you then catch a motorized canoe for half an hour on the Rio Tinto, before being dropped into an environment that has tarantulas and snakes and sometimes 40-plus-degree heat. And this is after a full day of connecting flights from Canada to Quito, Ecuador. All to get here: Minga Eco Lodge.

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