Expedition Amazonas Puts Whitewater Behind Them


The Expedition Amazonas Team continue their epic expedition to paddle the length of the might Amazon River, and TheOceans.net has news from the team today.

The expedition has reached an important point on their journey by making it to the remote town of San Francisco in Peru. Upon reaching that small village, they have put the whitewater portions of their journey behind them, and now it’s nothing but flat water all the way to the Atlantic. That doesn’t mean the trip has gotten any less dangerous however, as they have now entered an area that was once ruled by the Shining Path guerillas and is the major point of cocoa production in the region. That means it’s also a point of cocaine production as well, and it can be quite dangerous. The team reports that they have already been fired upon once. They will proceed with caution for now.

As I’ve mentioned before, the team set off back in September to paddle the entire 4350 miles of the Amazon. They began at Mt. Mismi, in Peru, the source of the might river. The whitewater proved to be more difficult and challenging than they thought however, and at one point the had to abandon the river to resupply and make repairs on their rafts. They returned to the spot where they left off however, and have continued the journey, which is expected to take seven months when it’s all done.

At the moment, they are spending some time in San Francisco while they once more await some supplies to make repairs to their raft, which was nearly swept away from them recently by the rushing waters. Now, with nothing but flat water ahead of them, they’ll be going at a much slower, yet safer pace. Provided they don’t get shot by drug runners of course.