On a Wing and a Prayer: One Woman's Adventure into the Heart of the Rainforest

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en Limba Engleză Hardback – 21 May 2015
As a young child, Sarah Woods imagined going on epic voyages to exotic, illusory lands filled with bizarre creatures, intoxicating rhythms, vibrant colours and other-worldly forests. As soon as she was old enough she packed a bag and set off to see the world for real, leaving friends and family behind to fulfil her childhood dreams.To journey solo through Central and South America was perhaps the ultimate challenge. Leaving the tourist traps behind, Sarah ventured into the wilderness, experiencing disease-ridden swamps, shark-infested waters and dense tracts of primary rainforest that are home to jaguars, anacondas and tusk-gnashing peccaries.One animal, though, is truly emblematic of these forests - the awe-inspiring harpy eagle. But to see it you have to be prepared for serious hardship.Facing gruelling, energy-sapping jungle conditions and constant challenges that saw her question the deepest and most intimate aspects of her life, Sarah's intrepid travels on the trail of iconic wildlife took her through some of the toughest terrain imaginable, and led to encounters with extraordinary indigenous people of the forest, with whom she experienced kindnesses and cultures beyond her wildest dreams.This book tells the incredible story of one woman's adventure into the heart of the rainforest.
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ISBN-13: 9781472912138
ISBN-10: 1472912136
Pagini: 272
Ilustrații: 8-page colour plate section
Dimensiuni: 135 x 216 x 25 mm
Greutate: 0.41 kg
Editura: Bloomsbury Publishing
Colecția Bloomsbury Natural History
Locul publicării: London, United Kingdom


Written by an award-winning travel writer with 20 years' experience journeying the world's great rainforests, woods, mountains, rivers, ice sheets and deserts

Notă biografică

Sarah Woods has been travelling nonstop for two decades, circumnavigating the globe in several directions along the way. She has scaled volcanoes, navigated windswept deserts and spent time with indigenous tribes in riverside thatched settlements. Now UK-based, Sarah works for Europe's largest wildlife conservation charity, the RSPB. She is a regular contributor to travel magazines, travel and documentary programmes and BBC radio. Sarah has won awards for her books, TV broadcasting and travel writing. She is author of the Bradt Travel Guides to Panama and Colombia.


Sarah Woods hacks deep into the rainforest in search of the rare harpy eagle and comes away with more: a greater insight into both the people and wildlife that exist in these tough environments, and herself too.
I don't think I'll ever go to the jungles of South America - they seem hot, sweaty and full of biting things, but I was very glad to read this excellent account of people, places and wildlife, including, perhaps, a Harpy Eagle.