World captivated by Aussie’s viral love story

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It is a love story like no other, where the world is captivated by the “magical connection” between two people on opposite sides of the earth.

Jordan Hauenschild, who lives on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, had no idea she would end up in the Amazon jungle to meet her real-life Tarzan – the Ecuadorian aboriginal Pitiuruk.

Late one evening in December, the 26-year-old happened to be browsing through the Explore page of her Instagram account and came across the profile of 24-year-old Pitiuruk.

She decided to send him a message to learn more about his culture and way of life.

“I was just doom scrolling late last night before I went to bed and I came across this amazing man posting incredible content in a country I knew nothing about,” Jordan told news.com.au.

“I was so fascinated by the fact that people still practice this way of life, and to some extent I knew that there were tribes in the Amazon, but I had never taken the time to learn more about it.

“I clicked on his page and just sent him a message.”

Jordan said she believes strongly in taking risks and living in the here and now – and that’s exactly what she did.

“You never know, you might end up discovering a magic you never knew existed. Mine happened to be on the other side of the world, in a country I had never heard of and whose language I don’t speak.”

That same evening, Jordan sent Pitiuruk a direct message, first telling him how “stunning” he was and then explaining how much she would love to learn more about his culture.

“To be honest, I didn’t expect an answer,” she said.

And when he did, she was speechless.

“I couldn’t believe that someone from the Amazon jungle, from this exotic part of the world, was just answering me. For a girl who lives a western life on the Queensland coast, who always goes to the beach and lives in a house, it was just so surreal to talk to someone from the Amazon who lives in a hut.”

The two immediately started chatting and even had video calls, educating each other about their cultures and daily lives.

“Our conversations were mostly about our lifestyle, what we do during the day, what we eat, where we sleep and just how we live,” Jordan said. “I showed him my bedroom, that we have a bathroom and my front and back yard – just the little things.”

“And he told me about a day in his life in the Amazon, which is quite unique.”

Pitiuruk’s family lives in the Pastaza province in the Puyo canton in the Ecuadorian Amazon region and offers guided tours to teach others about their ancestral culture.

After talking on the phone almost every day for four months, Jordan boarded a plane to South America to meet Pitiuruk.

She had quit her nine-to-five office job, booked a Contiki trip to Peru, Argentina and Brazil – and also arranged a meeting with the man with whom she had developed an unexpected relationship.

“I just told him, ‘I can actually come over and meet you. Call me crazy, but we can do this,'” Jordan told news.com.au.

Without hesitation, Pitiuruk was enthusiastic about the idea and planned a travel route to Jordan together with his family.

After four flights totaling over 30 hours and a subsequent five-hour bus ride from Ecuador’s capital Quito to Guayusa Runa (the name of Pitiuruk’s family house), she finally arrived.

“When the plane landed in Quito, I realised the magnitude of the situation – I had gone there spontaneously and with a ‘why not’ attitude and was about to meet someone I had never seen in real life.”

But when she saw him for the first time, she felt more comfortable than ever before. And it wasn’t long before a romantic connection developed between them.

“I just couldn’t believe he was real,” she said. “It was my first time in Ecuador and I just wanted to make sure I was really respectful, but I just couldn’t wipe the smile off my face.”

They spent the next two weeks getting to know Pitiuruk’s lifestyle, and although the two aren’t fluent in each other’s language, Jordan said their connection is largely based on body language.

“If the spark is there, it doesn’t matter if you don’t speak the other person’s language. I’ve never had such a connection with someone where I know exactly where I stand.”

“When I arrived, Pitiuruk and his family had planned a two-week itinerary for me through the capital and then in and around their home region (Pastaza).”

The couple spent four days in the city and the surrounding mountains.

“After I acclimatized (Quito is high above sea level and is known as the city in the clouds), we had a family member drive us five hours to Pitiuruk’s family home.”

Jordan said Pitiuruk’s family welcomed her with open arms and never once did she feel uncomfortable or unwelcome.

“‘Our jungle is your jungle,’ they said to me.”

Jordan woke up every morning to the sound of drums, visited local farms, helped the family cook, and immersed himself in nature.

“You live about 15 minutes by taxi from the nearest town. And the town has everything you need.”

She explained that Pitiuruk’s family needed to embrace tourism so that they could preserve their history and educate people about their way of life.

“And the best way to do that is through social media platforms and building an online presence. They had to learn how to use the internet and create a website to maintain their lifestyle.

“But they don’t want to change anything about their lives – they are happy the way they are.”

She said Pitiuruk aspires to one day work and travel in other countries and dreams of finding work as a local model to promote and teach other people of his culture and support his family.

“Magical and undeniable” connection

Jordan said that during her stay, a “magical and undeniable” connection developed between her and Pitiuruk that shocked even her.

“Honestly, I had no idea how my holiday would turn out, but all I can say is it was like something out of a movie,” she told news.com.au.

“Everything was as magical as you could imagine. It was better than my daydream.”

The more the couple learned about each other, the stronger their feelings became.

But Jordan eventually had to return to Australia. But their love story isn’t over yet. In a surprising turn of events, Flight Centre has offered to fund Jordan’s next visit to Ecuador.

“They are going to finance my flights, it’s just unbelievable. When I told Pitiuruk, we both cried,” she said.

“I received an email from Flight Centre saying they cared about our story and would like to see us together again.

“We were both in tears because we didn’t expect to see each other again for another year or two.”

The two agreed that they would regret not trying to see things through to the end. And although Jordan hasn’t set a date yet, she’s desperately trying to get her affairs in order, as this time she hopes to stay there for several months.

When Jordan finally shared her story on TikTok, it immediately went viral and people from all over the world bombarded the comments section.

“He is stunning! He just has this wonderful energy, gentle yet strong, beautiful yet so masculine. He radiates life. And you, you are beautiful too,” one person wrote.

“We’re too involved now. It’s not your love story. It’s our love story,” joked another.

Others also told similar stories.

“I did it. It was 110% worth it and I never thought I would be this happy. Take the plunge,” one woman added.

“I had a similar experience with a guy. He didn’t speak much English when we first met and somehow it seemed to strengthen our connection. I’m picking him up from the airport today. [Love]️ find a way,” wrote another.

Jordan said she was overwhelmed by all the support.

“It just kept getting more and more likes and I just couldn’t believe how fast it was progressing – and still progressing,” Jordan said.

“It was wonderful to see the support of people from all over the world.”

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