Meet Joana, the young woman from Rio de Janeiro who left her life in the city in exchange for the jungle. It was her baffling story that led me to the Amazon, where I would learn about life with the Nukini tribe over the past summer.
"Rio de Janeiro is a city caught between water and rock, a place where nature and concrete violently compete for space. Sleek modern architecture lines the streets, ramshackle homes erupt along the mountainsides, roots and leaves creep through any crevice they can find. Together they form an organically shaped beast, breathing and pulsing in the sweltering heat. This is where Joana grew up—on the very streets where I spent childhood summers with my grandmother. "