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Ed Stafford's "Walking the Amazon" Hits the Shelves

By Paige, Nicaragua, August 2011

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The Amazon winds 6992 kilometers (4345 miles) through the South American rainforest, connecting Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia, Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, and of course Brazil with its massive flow and endless network of tributaries. Though the length of the great river is contested—purists say it's only 6400km (3976mi), making it a bit shorter than the Nile—following it is a long hike indeed.

Thanks to Ed Stafford, who completed the journey from Camana, Peru, to the mouth of the Brazilian Amazon, in August 2010, we know that it takes 860 days—almost 2-1/2 years—to walk the great river's banks 2000-mile detour thanks to illegal deforestation and resulting flooding.

Editor's Note: This recommendation was taken from our Brazil Things To Do blog. Visit the original post to continue reading the full post and to learn more about things to do in Brazil. Photo courtesy of Keith Ducatel via Wikimedia Commons.

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