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2077 miles. Two men. One boat.
Mark de Rond and Anton Wright will row the entire length of the Amazon River in September and October 2013.


  • 2 OCT 2013
  • By Murilo Reis

At the very first moment that we started talking about this journey and its possible challenges, it sounded that would be close to the mission impossible, not because of the possible events that could create obstacles, for example storms.

It was almost stressing to hear all the warning about the pirates, river villains and the Brazilian authorities.

I wish a lightning stroke me and I could express myself writing like the professor Mark de Rond. But here with I would like to thanks the all people that have made this not only possible but more enjoyable for us.

one of the pink dolphins that's been keeping the boys company

First I want to thank my partner Deborah Chen that has been holding our Green Track business and the volunteer Lauren at the hostel. Then all the army of ex-pats in Iquitos leaded by Mick Collins, in Leticia the Herbe owner of the hostel La Jangada,

And at the Brazilian Naval base Ten Fabio and Sg Braun, they have went out of the way to help/inform and instruct us, making sure that we have found a safe harbor in every town we stopped.

These people had made a difference, specially for Anton and Mark that were terrified by the horror stories from others.

Arriving in Manaus yesterday afternoon we have a welcome from the naval base and they secured our vessel and made us feel like we were at home.

And finally to the Dolphins, especially the pink ones (photo as requested), that were entertaining us all the way, sometimes hours along the night and also under the blazing hot sun.

Image: Pink Dolphin on the Amazon © Murilo Reis