Maykool Coroseo Acuna, aged 25, went on a trip to Bolivia Madidi National Park with a group of other tourists. The tour company was Max Adventures, who regularly run tours into the Park. It seems that this particular trip was to a remote part of the forest which is only accessible by boat, and is many miles away from towns.
Feizar Nava, the owner of Max Adventures said that the group had gone into the forest and on their return he had noticed that Maykool ‘looked strange’.
In the evening it is customary to attend a ceremony called a ‘Pachamama’ which it to thank mother nature for letting them go into the forest. The ceremony involves coco leaves, candles and cigarettes, and it seems that Maykool refused to attend. He went to his tent.
When a guide went to check, Maykool had disappeared. Nava was sure he had vanished because he refused to participate in the ceremony. Folklore says that those who do not respect Pachamama will be driven mad by Duende which is an evil spirit. The evil spirit then hides its victims in other dimensions and Nava was convinced that this is what had happened.
Rangers spent six days hunting for Maykool, and only found one muddy sock. Shamans were called to the camp to pray for his safe return. Several items such as beer cans, cigarettes, cocoa leaves, wine bottles and a large wooden cross were brought in order to help breach the dimension.
The shamans performed many different ceremonies in order to breach the dimensions and bring him back. They believed that he was stuck in another dimension, because he had upset the Pachamama by not participating in the ceremony.
It was nine days after his disappearance, that rangers heard someone screaming from a riverbank less than a mile away. Maykool was found and rescued. He had to be laid on a stretcher and carried out as he was weak and had been bitten all over by insects.
Maykool then told the rangers that he had been kept alive by following a group of monkeys who threw fruit to him. The monkeys led him to water and shelter each day. Maykool had started out with shoes, cell phone and flash light, but had got rid of them as it had been too hard to run with them.
After running for a long time, he finally stopped. He wanted to get back to the group but had no idea of which way to go at that point. The night before he was found, Maykool said he prayed that he would be found. He was convinced that he would never see anyone again, as he was well and truly lost.
“I started running, I was wearing sandals and I said ‘no, they would slow me down,” he said.
“I threw away the sandals, then the cell phone and my flashlight.”
“And after running so much, I stopped under a tree and I started thinking. What had I done, what was I doing? And when I wanted to get back it wasn’t possible.”
After he was found, Maykool had a photo taken of himself with the group of people who searched for him, and found him.
Maykool says that while he appreciates the fact that cultures have their own different beliefs, he did not believe in the shamans, neither did he believe in the culture of the Bolivian Jungle People, when he was lost, he prayed and he believes that God saved him.
Source: Daily Mail