The Trip-Finder, January 1998
The Route: Two weeks and 120 miles of backpacking through the Amazon rainforest, starting at the remote village of São Gabriel. The trip culminates in a steep but nontechnical climb of Pico da Neblina, Brazil's highest mountain.
When to go: Year-round
Difficulty: Moderate to strenuous
Travel advisory: If you take the Swallows and Amazons trip, be prepared to hump a 40-pound pack with all your gear and a share of the food and cooking equipment.