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Amazon Riverboat Exploration
Take out a machete and explore the most massive stretch of forest in the world. Life in the Amazon is different from anywhere else in the world. Life moves at a different pace and so too do the people. Jaguars, boars, sloths, monkeys, frogs, pink dolphins—there are countless animals that call the Amazon jungle home. The deeper you go into the jungle on guided tours the better chance you get at catching rare glimpses of remote jungle animals. One in 10 known species in the world can be found in the Amazon rainforest.
We retrace the history of the exploration of the Amazon, from the days of the early pioneers right up until the present day.
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Great rivers deserve great stories, and the Amazon, greatest of all rivers, has many amazing stories to tell. This is a very brief condensation of just a few of them! Unlike most other major rivers of the world, the Amazon was first navigated by Europeans from its' headwaters to the mouth of the river. In fact, the Europeans who first encountered the upper reaches of the Amazon had no idea where the other end of the river might be. This may be, in part, because the mouth of the Amazon is so huge over miles across that early explorers navigating the Atlantic coastline of South America simply didn't recognize the mouth of the river as a river! Despite the fact that indigenous people had been living in the Amazon for at least 10, years, and possibly for as long as 15, year, the Amazon River itself was "discovered" by a Spanish explorer and conquistador. The company was in search of vast forests of cinnamon, and of course, the elusive El Dorado, fabled city of gold, which the Indians wisely and repeatedly assured the conquistadors really existed.
Have you ever wondered who first sailed into the mighty Amazon river and lived to tell the story? Francisco de Orellana was a Spanish explorer born in Trujillo in about He was the first person to navigate the entire Amazon River and was also the founder of the city of Guayaquil in Ecuador. No such city, however, was found and in sharp contrast to the somewhat celebrated voyage they were expecting, they were attacked by angry natives, riddled by a variety of diseases and starving. More then half of the expedition was wiped out within the first few months of the expedition. To make matters worse, Orellana, the lieutenant of the expedition and a handful of some 50 men became separated.