Archive for July, 2009
Vintage 1971 Pre-TransAm Article from TIME

Vintage 1971 Pre-TransAm Article from TIME

July 30, 2009 by No Comments

THE noise is not yet loud enough to disturb the sloths munching on the leaves of the cecropia trees, or the river terns that wing lazily over the Amazon’s mighty waters, or the secretive Indian tribes that live deep within the jungle. But along the tributaries of the world’s largest river the sound is plainly discernible, like a low rumble of thunder in the distance. It is the dull, grinding roar of bulldozers cutting naked red strips through the vast Amazon rain forest.

Letter of Intention to Consulate General of Brazil

Letter of Intention to Consulate General of Brazil

July 22, 2009 by 5 Comments

After approximately 30 phone calls to the Atlanta, Miami, New York, Boston, and Chicago Consulate of Brazil it was determined that I should write a notarized letter stating my intentions and why I don’t need a roundtrip ticket.

I’m A Vaccine Machine

I'm A Vaccine Machine

July 22, 2009 by 3 Comments

I made my first visit to the travel nurse for this trip and already have a fever from the injections. Although no vaccine’s are required to enter Brazil for Americans (unless they have visited certain countries in the past 6 months) there are more than a few recommended. I’ll be receiving six!

Advice From Jeremy Wade of River Monsters

Advice From Jeremy Wade of River Monsters

July 20, 2009 by 47 Comments

I recently emailed Jeremy Wade of the TV show River Monsters on Animal Planet to ask his advice on certain factors when trekking in the Amazon. Jeremy is an accomplished angler and biologist with much experience in the Brazilian Amazon.

Procuring a Brazilian Visa…Let the Headaches Begin

Procuring a Brazilian Visa...Let the Headaches Begin

July 09, 2009 by 1 Comment

The process of getting a Brazilian Visa should be straight forward for most tourists. Simply present your round trip ticket, passport, pay the fee, hand over some little square photos and off you go. Luckily I live close to the Brazilian Consulate here in Boston as well. My one dilemma is that round trip ticket [...]

Jamis Dragon Will Be My Ride Across the Amazon

Jamis Dragon Will Be My Ride Across the Amazon

July 08, 2009 by No Comments

I have finally acquired the bike I will be riding this fall. It is a steel frame hardtail 2007 Jamis Dragon. I will be outfitting it with racks and panniers to accommodate all of my gear. I look forward to putting this bike through the paces in the weeks leading up to my departure.

New Photos of the Amazon in All its Glory and Suffering

New Photos of the Amazon in All its Glory and Suffering

July 02, 2009 by No Comments

Daniel Beltra, a Spanish photographer, is traveling the world to capture the world’s three major rainforest regions. We have some of his amazing shots from the first leg of the trip… the Amazon! From cattle men in the deforested Mato Grasso region of Brazil to smiling native Indian children pointing down the barrel of his lens Daniel captures a compelling array of images from this important part of our planet.