Most people think of the tropics as a huge and forbidding tropical rain
forest through which every step taken must be hacked out, and where every
inch of the way is crawling with danger. Actually, over half of the land in
the tropics is cultivated in some way.
A knowledge of field skills, the ability to improvise, and the
application of the principles of survival will increase the prospects of
survival. Do not be afraid of being alone in the jungle; fear will lead to
panic. Panic will lead to exhaustion and decrease your chance of survival.
Everything in the jungle thrives, including disease germs and parasites
that breed at an alarming rate. Nature will provide water, food, and plenty
of materials to build shelters.
Indigenous peoples have lived for millennia by hunting and gathering.
However, it will take an outsider some time to get used to the conditions
and the nonstop activity of tropical survival.