Fortunately, the family did not encounter any poisonous snakes or spiders during the trip.
A woman and her children disappeared in the Peruvian jungle, eating wild berries and fruit for 34 days.
In December, a 40-year-old woman and her children, aged 10, 12 and 14, were on a trip to a remote territory of Colombia, near the border with Peru. They have the desire to meet the father of the children but got lost in the jungle near the Putumayo River, a tributary of the Amazon, which crosses Brazil, Colombia, Peru and Ecuador.
They learned of their disappearance on December 19. Over the next month, mother and children journeyed through the jungle along the Putumayo River, crossed the Ecuadorian border, and appeared in Peru. Along the way, they picked and ate wild berries, fruits and seeds. The weary travelers were detected by the Sequoia Indians. After 34 days in the jungle, the wife and children were tired from hunger and thirst, their legs covered in cuts and their bodies covered in insect bites.
“If we didn’t have water every 30 minutes, we would fall from weakness,” the woman recalls. “Once in a while we had to stop because the girls couldn’t walk. »
The Indians informed the Peruvian army of the woman and children. They contacted their Colombian counterparts. A plane was sent to pick up the family and take them to Puerto Leguizamo, Colombia. There they were treated and tested for mosquito-borne infectious diseases, including malaria and yellow fever.
According to Oliva Perez, when they got lost one day as prime minister, she decided to camp under a tree and spend the night in the woods. But the next day and the following days, they continued to wander along the Putumayo River and could not find the way. For the first five days, they only ate water from the streams. Then the children began to catch fish in the streams, pulling them out with their hands. They also harvested wild fruits and seeds, although this was quite dangerous.
“The seeds can be poisonous. But I ate them with everyone. Because if the children eat them and I don’t, I will live and they will die. For me, that result would be living death,” said Oliva Perez.
Oliva Perez remembers her children deciding to build a palm-leaf raft and take it up the Putumayo River. But they had neither the power nor the ability to do so.