Ascending South America
Explore and surge the 6500km river road from Buenos Aires to Manaus which, to my knowledge, has never been achieved on Inflatable Boats.
We start on the Rio de la Plata, in Buenos Aires, and continue navigating into the Paraná river until it merges with the Paraguay river, which is followed all the way up to the Mato Grosso area, home to the Pantanal, the world’s largest wetland and natural habitat for almost a thousand species of animals, including several types of aquatic birds.
The local culture here is fascinating and diverse due to the interaction of various cultures, from the original Native Americans dwellers, the African slaves brought over by the Portuguese, to the Europeans.
Caseres, Mato Grosso, Brazil, will be a halfway point, by which time we will have completed the first 3400 km of the expedition.
Here, our boats will be transported 280 km by road to Vila Bela da Santíssima, on the Guapore river, a few miles from streams flowing southward to the Paraguay and Paraná rivers.
We will follow the Guapore river, then navigate the Mamoré, a large river shared by Bolivia and Brazil, cruise Madeira river, one of the largest tributaries of the Amazon and home to the Amazon River Dolphins, to finally reach our destination: the mighty Amazon river and Manaus.