Amazonian Adventure Sailing

Credit: Creative Commons/Pedro Szekely

Credit: Creative Commons/Pedro Szekely

Adventure seekers around the world come to pay homage to the world’s second-longest river which cuts its way through Brazil, Colombia, and Peru. The Amazon basin is about 7,050,000 square kilometres and is the largest drainage basin in the world.

This mighty river originates from the Apacheta cliff in Arequipa at the Nevado Mismi. When you go sailing the Amazon you float past gigantic lily pads, peer up at soaring ceiba trees, witness glorious sunsets on the still waters or go fishing for piranhas at the Amazon River basin.

Credit: Creative Commons/Wellerson Santana

Credit: Creative Commons/Wellerson Santana

There are a number of ways to go sailing on the Amazon. You can do it the local’s way by sailing on the narrow canoes or larger motorboats hung with layers of coloured hammocks or the other way by sailing comfortably on cruise ships or substantial, well-appointed river boats.

Credit: Creative Commons/Francisco Chaves

Credit: Creative Commons/Francisco Chaves

The wet or flood season is the best time to go cruising as water levels are higher, so it’s easier to discover some of the Amazon’s smaller tributaries, also a richer diversity of wildlife can be seen. Various plants and flowers blossom at that time, so monkeys and exotic birds come nearer to the river’s circumference to get food. But on the other hand, mosquitoes also come out to feast.

The Amazon is home to many species of dolphin including the Amazon River Dolphin which changes its skin colour with age, the young animals are grey, going pink and then white as they mature. Fishes such as piranha, arowana, electric eel, etc. are also found in the river. Among the animals the anaconda and the caiman, which is related to alligators inhabit the murky waters of the Amazon.

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