Chilean tourist Maykool Coroseo Acuña, 25, experienced one of the most extreme situations of his life and he lived to tell about it. The young man survived nine days lost in the Bolivian Amazon jungle when he was fed and cared for by a group of monkeys that provided him with food and shelter.
The young man was on an excursion with a local tourism agency in Madidi National Park, when his trail was suddenly lost in the thick of the jungle, near the Tuichi River. Park rangers searched for him day and night for several hours without being able to find him.
The search included ceremonies with shamans who tried to make contact with the Chilean to find out where in the jungle he was. The seers occupied part of his belongings to try to find his trace, to no avail.
After nine days of searching under storms and adverse weather conditions, Maykool was found half a mile away from where his trail was lost. His condition was weak, he was bitten by various insects, and he had symptoms of dehydration, but his story was surprising.
According to the Chilean, in the middle of the jungle a group of monkeys brought him food and fruit scraps with which he was able to stay alive during the nine days he was lost. The group of primates also guided him to a shelter where he could be safe and drink water.
"It is a life experience that I will never forget," the Chilean told "National Geographic", recounting his story of survival.