Life Lessons From the Amazon

A Guide to Life From One Epic Jungle Adventure

  • Imprint: Summersdale
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 336
  • Price: £9.99
  • Publication date: 9 September 2021
  • ISBN: 9781787839809

About the book

This is the tale of an epic three-month adventure through unexplored jungle terrain – and it might even change your life

Fuelled by a zest for life and the desire to explore the world around her, Pip Stewart took on a world-first challenge: following Guyana’s Essequibo River from source to sea. With the help of guides from the Waî Waî indigenous community, Pip and her teammates journeyed through the rainforest, facing peril every day as they kayaked rapids, traversed waterfalls and hacked their way through the mountainous jungle of the Guiana Shield, before finally reaching the Atlantic Ocean.

Survival skills and a flesh-eating parasite weren’t the only things Pip took home from the rainforest. From contending with snakes to learning about the value of community, forgiveness and self-belief, in Life Lessons from the Amazon Pip shares many pearls of wisdom that we can all apply to our own lives. Her hard-won insights invite us to embrace the wildness within ourselves and live more every day.

About the author

Pip Stewart is a mother, partner, writer and chronic over-thinker. She has a degree in History and Politics from Oxford and a Masters in Journalism from The University of Hong Kong. Pip has cycled halfway around the world and completed a world-first paddle through the Amazon Jungle. On one of her adventures she got a bit too up-close-and-personal with a sandfly and found a flesh-eating parasite munching through her neck as a result. After contracting leishmaniasis, Pip now campaigns to raise awareness of neglected tropical diseases. When not writing, she can usually be found outside with her partner, Charlie, and daughter, Willow. Connect and share your own adventures through life: @PipStewart.


“Fascinating insights that I will apply to my own life.”

Ross Edgley, extreme adventurer and writer

“A book with the power to inspire change.”

Helen Skelton, adventurer and TV presenter

“Brave, strong and determined female adventurers.”

Paul Chekema, leader of Masakenari

“A remarkable journey.”

Ed Stafford, explorer and the first person to walk the length of the Amazon River

“A wonderful read, exhilarating from start to finish. Pip shares her unique knowledge of this jungle frontier and takes us on a journey of discovery through some of the harshest terrain on earth. An incredible adventure.”

Levison Wood, explorer, writer and photographer

“A tough jungle expedition by an even tougher team. Life lessons from the Amazon is their story told with humour, humility and honesty.”

Ben Fogle, broadcaster, writer and adventurer

“An absolute page-turner in which Pip shares her fascinating inner journey including doubt, struggles and overcoming challenges. A brilliantly candid and thought-provoking escape to the wild.”

Reza Pakravan, explorer, filmmaker and writer

“Stewart is a wonderful travelling companion. Not only does she take us through the physical and mental highs and lows of adventure travel, she tackles head-on the ethics and morals of modern-day travel, addressing privilege, over-tourism and sustainability: an absolute joy.”

Monisha Rajesh, journalist and travel writer