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Intro / Pucallpa / Building the raft / Getting permission / Mosquitoes / Pink Dolphins / Whirlpools / Indigenous Village / Final Stretch / End of the Journey

 

"Rafting the Amazon"

Charles Brennick and his girlfriend had planned to catch a river boat in Pucallpa, Peru and float down the Ucayali River to Iquitos, located on the Amazon River. However, after being offered a raft and oars for a grand total of $3, their plans changed dramatically.

Without maps, experience in navigation or any idea of how long it would take, Charles and Pali paddled out into the Ucayali River and headed for the Amazon.

Follow his travels via the links below.

Pucallpa, Peru
The idea to travel down the Ucayali under their own steam takes root and the raft is a bargain!

Building the Raft
The raft needed some refurbishment, so a trip to a local sawmill was necessary.

Getting Permission
A permit is needed to travel on the river. Some borrowed life jackets and a small lie later and permission is granted.

Mosquitoes!
The first day on the open water is spent learning how to control the raft. The mosquitoes make the nighttime miserable.

Pink Dolphins
Taking one of the smaller river channels that did not flow as quickly led to an interesting encounter with some Pink Dolphins.

Whirlpools
Strong winds push the raft into a large whirlpool that was inescapable until the winds died down.

Indigenous Village
Strong winds mean slow going again. The evening is spent in an indigenous village, but the locals were not very outgoing.

The Final Stretch
A change in plans as tiredness, mosquitoes and fighting the river take their toll on morale.

The End of the Journey (and information about the Author)
The last morning on the raft in Contamana and a fire sale to get rid of everything.

By Charles Brennick, http://nvmundo.com/raft/

 

Copyright Charles Brennick. All rights reserved. Story reproduced with kind permission.

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