Swiming The Amazon

Swimming The Amazon
Kpalime, Togo West Africa

I was reading on Hobo World New page.

A great way for me to get quick overview of the world new and make Iran still exist...
I picked up on this story about a man who swam the Amazon River from beginning to end.

My first thought was, hmm, wonder where he chose or how he chose the location of the beginning of the Amazon. I mused on this point too much and have spent time looking at maps, while in Bolivia and think the very start is around Santa Cruz, Bolivia.

I looked at his map, and this is really quite an amazing feat, and for sure qualifies as extreme travel.
(What do you think, will this BBC link eventually break?)

He is an Extreme Traveler.

I got immediate fear thinking about swimming down the Amazon. I cringed and imagined a Piranha going for my privates. I have swam in the Amazon but while with great self-talk saying continually to myself,
- They will not bite me, this is just a story, and happens only in movies.-

Swimming The Amazon


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He started his swim in Atalaya, Peru - first swimming 1,112 km to Iquitos. Besides piranhas, which he managed by swimming farther out in the main channel than where the congregate ("they swim mostly by the shore"). He also smeared his wetsuit with gasoline and cremes to mask his scent and his boat support crew threw raw meat and blood on the opposite side of the boat to draw them away. Apparently locals told his about piranha killing a 2 yr. old girl a couple of years earlier who was near the shore. Actually though, he wrote in the diary he kept for BBCMundo was more worried he wrote about being attacked by the "Blood Sucking Toothpick Fish":

"There are other concerns to consider as well, however. A real risk is the toothpick fish."

BBC Mundo swim diary:


Swimmer's Diary in Spanish:


They can enter the body by swimming up the penis and can only be removed by surgery."

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