My name is Eduardo Tenhave. I am the owner of Amazon Deep Jungle Tours. This is the story of me and how I created the idea of Amazon Deep Jungle Tours. I was born in a native Indian Brazilian village called Maraã, 920 kilometres from Manaus. My father died when I was only 1 year old, and my mother solely raised me in Maraã. At the time there was no school or education, only 6 small houses. My grandmother lived close by a lake called Paracuba which was a 2 day peddle trip up the river.
One day, a missionary came to work in Maraã to work for the Catholic Church. The nephew of the missionary also came to Maraã to experience and learn about the culture of Maraã. One thing led to another and he fell in love with my mother. He accepted me and my little brother, and saw us as if we were children of his own. After 2 years he asked her to move to the Netherlands, a country in Europe, exactly 8896 kilometres from Maraã. Together with my mother and my little brother, we moved to the Netherlands when I was 3 years old. We inherited his last name; Tenhave.
I remember wanting to go outside to bathe in the rain, and my mother said to me: “We don’t do that here in the Netherlands.” I didn’t realize we were not in the Amazon anymore.