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One Lost World — Thirty Men — Seven Mysteries
2011 marks the 100th anniversary of the discovery of the Inca stronghold Machu Picchu by famed explorer Hiram Bingham. It is also nearly the 100th anniversary of the historic father-and-son expedition into the Amazon down the River of Doubt by Teddy Roosevelt and his son Kermit. Now, Doug Phillips has led a thrill-packed expedition of thirty fathers and sons to the heart of the Amazon and high into the Andes Mountains—and you can join him!
For the better part of a week, Doug and his team lived on a boat and in the Rainforest in the heart of Amazonia. They caught some of their own food, debated, dialogued, explored, and investigated. They built relationships like men and emphasized the importance of fathers and sons working together for the glory of God. Now you can follow these thirty men and share in their experiences as they shed light on seven mysteries of importance to Christians in the 21st century: The Mystery of the Meaning of the Amazon; The Mystery of the Tribes; The Mystery of the Strange Creatures of the Amazon; The Mystery of Plants of the Amazon; The Mystery of the Lost Legacy of Adventure and Dominion; The Mystery of the Mighty Inca Empire; and The Mystery of the Ica Stones and the Great Peruvian Desert.
Join the Adventure!
As you follow along from home, you will quickly realize that although this trip is not a marine bootcamp, neither is it a waltz on the Riviera. It is a refreshingly vigorous, sometimes wet, sometimes sweaty, manly foray into a mysterious and unusual world. There are no air conditioners. There is no room service. The animals are far from tame. They howl, scream, hoot and bite. The bugs are huge, exotic, beautiful, fascinating, and sometimes downright dangerous.
If you paid to see Stephen Spielberg’s Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull, a regrettable attempt to revive his famous franchise, then you remember the Amazonian swarming ants—well, they are real. They are called Eciton, and they appear in swarming armies of hundreds of thousands that sometimes reach a diameter of a hundred feet in width. That is why the team is careful to keep their trousers tucked in their boots. They don’t want the Eciton to swarm and turn their impressive sickle-shaped pincers on their flesh.
Actually, these guys are friendly compared to the Conga ants—those vicious little beasts are the most enormous ants you have ever seen or contemplated at a whopping two inches in length. Their pinchers are on the front and stingers on the back, just in case you did not take them seriously. If you cut them in half, they continue to come after you, but now as two entities. Then, of course, there is the Tangarana, or Fire Ant Trees—these trees enjoy a symbiotic relationship with the swarming red ants living inside them and possessing incredible stinging powers. As you can tell, danger lurks everywhere!
We could go on, but you get the point. Along with the breathtakingly beautiful birds, pink dolphins, exotic plants and amazing animals, Amazonia is filled with Anacondas, toxic ants, piranhas, vampire bats, chiggers, stinging plants, howling monkeys, egg-laying botflies, and our least favorite—the candiru fish. But here’s the good news—you can enjoy this experience without stepping on the ants or bugs yourself. You don’t even need to be squeezed by an Anaconda. Instead, take this incredible journey...from home!
With the Into the Amazon Virtual Tour and Online Study Course, you can travel from the comfort of your own home to the Amazonian Rainforest where you will experience the adventure of a manly journey to one of the most remote places on earth. And you will learn about the great apologetic battles of our day in the war between biblical Christianity and radical environmentalism. What Galápagos was to the battle against Darwinism, the Amazon is for the present battle against radical environmentalism.
What You Get for Joining the Expedition
When you register for the Into the Amazon Expedition Virtual Tour and Online Study Course, you will enjoy exclusive access to seven online video episodes—one for each of our seven mysteries. At the conclusion of each video episode, listen to a follow-up discussion by Doug Phillips and other team members as they recount exciting anecdotes from their adventures and offer additional insights into each episode’s mystery. You will also enjoy photo galleries that feature some of the best images shot during the trip, giving you an even better picture of one of God’s most singular creations, as well as what life is like in modern-day Amazonia
Special Bonus: Beall’s Adventures for the Ladies
While you are journeying with Doug and team into the jungle, make sure to also follow Beall Phillips and her daughters Liberty, Jubilee, and Faith as they share their adventures in ancient Peruvian clothing and textile-making from the heart of the old Inca empire—Cusco. Read their exciting reports and watch their on-the-ground videos about food, local customs, and clothing.
Enhance Your Homeschooling and Family Studies
After each episode, take advantage of our corresponding study questions to help your family discussions and to encourage the young scholars in your family to learn more about subjects ranging from Christian apologetics and worldview to botany and anthropology. Use these questions to augment your homeschool curriculum, and assign your students topics such as:
- What is the truth about global warming?
- Why do vampire bats suck blood?
- How are modern day evolutionists and anthropologists harming the tribes of the jungle?
- What can we learn about natural remedies and foods from the people of the Rainforest?
- How should Christians and creationists understand man’s stewardship responsibilities over the Amazon?
And much more!