It Changed My Life

It Changed My Life: 20 days lost in the Amazon

Yossi Ghinsberg on the lessons learnt looking for gold, then being lost in the Amazon

In 1981, Mr Yossi Ghinsberg and three friends went in search of lost tribes and hidden treasure in the Amazon. He was separated from his friends and stranded in the jungle for several weeks, but survived to tell his tale.
Yossi Ghinsberg reckons he has reached a point where he does not need to search anymore, saying: "When you let go of self-importance, you become bigger. When you lose your ego, you start serving."
Yossi Ghinsberg reckons he has reached a point where he does not need to search anymore, saying: "When you let go of self-importance, you become bigger. When you lose your ego, you start serving." PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN

If he were stranded in the wilderness with a corpse and no other food available, Yossi Ghinsberg believes he would eat human flesh.

"I would eat my own family if it was just a body. There is something sacred about preservation of life, it's more sacred than the preservation of body," he says.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on November 18, 2018, with the headline 'Don't cook monkeys, but smoke them'. Print Edition | Subscribe