Let me take a moment and give a big shout out to Deep Woods Off. Despite there being SWARMS of flies and mosquitoes I was not bitten one time. Yeah I probably exposed myself to something awful by using a product containing DEET but sometimes it's about choosing the lesser evil. This time the greater evil was getting eaten alive by bugs.
Did I have a good time? Yes I did. However I don't see another trip like this in my future or the Kid's. It was cool to see coffee, corn and passion fruit being grown traditionally. It was great to bond with my teacher peeps. But It sucked to be sweaty, stinky and risking injury to hike trails that were ridiculously muddy and steep. This trip confirmed for me that I'm not into the whole rustic forest hostel thing either. From here on out I will likely limit my interactions with nature and admire it from a distance.