Sleeping in tents on the ground is good in areas where the land is flat and open, and the wind can be a huge problem. Everywhere else the hammock beats the tent hands down. In the jungle, where there are a myriad crawling critters, and the ground is entwined with roots, the hammock is the default shelter. It keeps you clean, dry, and comfortable. I started using hammocks about 15 years ago. My first hammock was a military-issued piece of canvas that was as heavy as a tent. I then made my own mediocre hammock that I used until I came across the Hennessy hammocks which were great. But then, it was time to upgrade and find something designed for the tropics. There was no such thing in the market and that’s how our relationship with PapaSmurf of Dream Hammock began.
Together we came up with the Darien hammock models (well, in truth he did all the hard work) which are specifically designed to help you cope with the heat and humidity of the tropics. They promote ventilation and are easily set up in just a few minutes. If you would like to learn more about hammock camping, or would like to purchase your own hammock, contact us to discuss all the different options. We also recommend you visit Dream Hammock, www.dream-hammock.com, to get more in-depth information about the Darien hammock, and check out www.hammockforums.net, a great community of hammock enthusiasts.