posted by Eva
Last week, we were in the Amazon. We flew to Puerto Maldanado, then took a four hour boat ride up the Rio Tambopata to get to the lodge.
There are many plants used for different things in the Amazon, such as a fruit that can be used to treat cancer instead of chemotherapy, it’s called Nino. There is also a plant called Cana Cana used when you have a cold or a fever.
Another cool plant is called Huito, it’s used for tattoos. The seeds of the fruit are the part used for making the tattoos. You can dip a stick into the seeds and then paint the juice from the seeds onto your skin. It goes on clear but in two hours, it is bright blue. The tattoo stays on for ten days.
Kids who live in the Amazon like to put Huito on their skin to prevent bug bites. I got three tattoos, a tarantula on one hand, and a pirana on the other. My third tattoo was a mustache on my finger. Rikki got earings, jaguar footprints, and a watch. Maya got a lightening bolt and a house. My dad got a bicycle, and my Mom got an embarrasing sun tattoo on the back of her neck. My Dad said it looked like a prison tattoo. She said she liked it though.
When we get home, I can give you a tattoo!
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