As we depart the Amazon rain forest, we go by boat from the Jungle Lodge to the river dock to meet our transfer to the airport; and I notice something that somehow escaped me on our initial arrival.
I notice the sign on the little "store". The name of this community, this "tribe", if you will; this village is called "Infier'ino". Inferno. You have to roll the r to get the full effect.
They say it has no meaning in their language. But when the Spanish first arrived here and experienced, firsthand, the oppressive heat; coupled with 100% humidity; the bugs; the poisonous snakes and spiders; the swarms of Malaria-bearing mosquito's (also Yellow Fever and a bucketload of other diseases); they named it Inferno ~ they believed it to be hell.
Now that I've spent the last few days experiencing the whole gamete of what the rain forest has to offer, this has a little more meaning than it did previously.........and the irony is not wasted.