Travel the Amazon for real Adventurers
One of the dreams of adventurous people who like nature will be identified with the great adventure that was completed a few years ago by former Englishman Ed Stafford, who is the first man to walk along the Amazon River since his birth in the Andes Peruvians until its mouth in the Brazilian Atlantic coast. Approximately 6,500 kilometers of route. The 34-year-old adventurer escaped unscathed from his encounters with the Indians, but on his 859-day trek (almost two and a half years) he encountered many threats, such as jaguars. poisonous snakes, killer bees, caimans, eels, piranhas, etc.
According to the Guinness Book of Records, he is the most important adventurer in the world. “As if the distance was not a sufficient challenge, he resisted the jungle, the insects, the snakes, the waterlogging, the insecurity of not knowing what was ahead and other conditions that would have frightened the most daring of the explorers.”
The intention of his adventure was to the end, “create such an exciting feat” that it made people feel part of the Amazon. Also collect funds for the protection of the environment, the fight against cancer, the rights of children.
The purpose at first seemed crazy, but it started when he found the birth of the Amazon in the snow-capped Mismi in Arequipa Peru and knew the challenge that lay ahead.
Stafford then placed a classified ad on his website by which he requested a companion who loved nature, was not afraid of snakes or guerrilla groups and was willing to walk exhausting distances without asking. It was then that Gadiel Sánchez Rivera arrived, a Peruvian farmer, knowing as few of the Amazonian forest, who accompanied him until the end of the trip.
The adventurer and his assistant usually got up around six in the morning. While he checked if there were fish in the net that were left in the river during the night, Gadiel heated the food. After picking up the canvas hammocks with mosquito netting, they began the journey again. They only spoke when the day ended. They had lunch for breakfast, and in the evening they brought coffee with the canned beans, rice, or the less conventional foods they got on the way, like the head of a raccoon-like animal that Stafford still does not know what it’s called .
The plans that the former military officer had at first proved useless. Several times he spent weeks looking for a man to show him the way to the nearest village. Stafford remembers that, in mid-2009, he and ‘Cho’ only ate palm hearts and piranhas, so they lost a lot of weight.
With the passage of time, the days were routine until something unusual drew the explorers from this practice. One of his most exciting adventures came when they entered territories of the Ashaninca ethnic group. “The scenario was terrifying: there were men and women standing in canoes holding rifles, machetes or bows and arrows. I was sure they were going to kill us. ”
After a long discussion in the indigenous village to which they were transported, the leader of the tribe decided to release them on the sole condition that they should take him and his brother as guides for their territories. The kidnapping ended in a strong friendship with the captors, who helped the indigenous community, because with the money that the companions received for the job of guiding them they bought an engine for their boat.
Ed Stafford came to his home in Leicestershire and began to do everything he had longed for in the jungle: meet his nephew, eat curry, drink a cold beer and play a rugby match with his friends. With his arrival in England he began with another difficult challenge: readjusting to the urban civilization full of people and concrete.
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