Hulber’s journey into the Amazon began in his childhood, where his family imparted invaluable knowledge of jungle survival. His mentors included his uncles, who instilled in him a deep respect and understanding of the rainforest. Even his grandmother, a wise healer, shared the secrets of natural medicines. At the tender age of 11, Hulber left the depths of the jungle for Iquitos, a city that he felt held his destiny. His mission? To share his experiences, culture, folklore, customs, and an unwavering passion for his beloved rainforest.
Hulber’s professional journey is a testament to his dedication. He embarked on a path of continuous learning, starting with biology, delving into languages, and eventually joining fieldwork projects with renowned institutions like Cornell University and Soka University in New York. Over time, he evolved into an official tour guide, specializing in ornithology (the study of birds), and pursued diplomas in intercultural bilingual education and English language teaching.
Hulber’s expertise caught the eye of National Geographic. In 2003, he participated in a documentary on the Boras, an indigenous community along the Ampiyacu River at the Peruvian-Colombian-Brazilian border. A year later, he was part of a herpetology project, studying the behavior of anaconda snakes. His experiences abroad enriched his knowledge and added depth to his understanding of the Amazon.
Guiding in the Amazon isn’t just about leading; it’s about understanding. Each traveler arrives with unique expectations, and Hulber’s challenge is to meet and exceed those expectations. The Amazon’s rich tapestry of nature, culture, and interactions with riverside communities never ceases to surprise and captivate travelers.
What sets the Amazon of Peru apart? According to Hulber, it’s the feeling of uniqueness that travelers experience while navigating these waters. For many, it’s a dream come true, the realization of a long-held aspiration.
Hulber cherishes the transformation he witnesses in travelers. They connect with nature, observing, respecting, and appreciating everything around them. What they take home are memories, the warmth of our hospitality, the thrill of excursions, and the connections formed with local communities.
One unforgettable experience took place during an expedition to the Dorado River. After observing incredible wildlife, including howler monkeys and river otters, the group used a flashlight to spot nocturnal creatures like caimans, tree boas, bats, and owls. However, the real highlight was spotting not just one, but two jaguars – a regular one and the rarer black jaguar, a memory etched in the minds of all present.
For Hulber, guiding is about revealing the deep connection between travelers and nature. As they trek through the jungle or swim with pink dolphins, a profound sense of unity with the environment emerges.
The most rewarding aspect of Hulber’s role is sharing his culture and roots. It’s a way to teach and pass on the legacy of his ancestors.
In the ever-changing Amazon, every day is unique. Unexpected situations often become opportunities for learning. One such instance involved a Californian family with a geology scientist. Hulber’s explanation of the Amazon’s geological layers left the scientist astonished, and he eagerly contributed his research to the expedition. This exchange of knowledge was a testament to the richness of Amazonian exploration.
In summary, Hulber is more than a guide; he’s an Amazonian ambassador who weaves stories of nature, culture, and discovery. His journeys lead not only to memorable adventures but also to a deeper understanding of the Amazon and its wonders.
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