It begins with this talking jaguar on a very cool looking shield in a museum who proceeds to lay some very brief exposition on you about being the "chosen one" before whisking you away by ancient magic of some kind to the amazon river delta. There you chose your guide and are told to travel to this town at the end of the river called "Vilcabamba" to do something I was never quite sure about. It had something to do with trading and solving problems with the people you meet to gain special talismans or something, but the main point of it was, as with all educational PC games in the 90s, actually to "educate" you, and this game spent a lot of time doing just that. But with its jungle atmosphere, bird call sound effects, and pan flutes a-plenty, it really does make you feel swept away to some exotic place, which for me is an enjoyable experience.
During the game you travel across time as you head down the amazon river, meeting people in very obviously computer generated settings, although at the time they looked very realistic. Half the live action people you run into in these environments are either out to rob you, kill you, or educate you about the flora, fauna, and history of South America, so sometimes it was just fun to run around ticking people off by choosing the worst RPG dialogue options before unloading your useless "trading packets" on them for some anti-malaria medicine or other. My brother and I ran across this conquistador who refused to let us leave until we gave him all our shit, answering everything with a "that's not bad...but I want MORE!!" We had to restart the game to get away from him, but it turns out that you can kill him with the "medicine" that the old medicine man gives you towards the beginning. Go figure!
"What else would a man be doing in this rain-soaked land of mosquitoes!"