When British explorer Ed Stafford set out to walk the entire length of the Amazon river in April 2008, everyone said it couldn’t be done. He was told he would probably die, it was too far, he would get ill or that the dense forest, biting insects, snakes, bogs, jaguars and fearful tribes would be too much. But he went anyway.
Two and half years later, 18 months longer than he thought it would take, Ed finally reached the Atlantic Ocean on 9th August 2010 and became the first known person to walk the 4000 miles length of the Amazon river from source to sea.
From 18-foot long caimans, enormous anaconda snakes, deadly pit-vipers, illness, food shortages and a particularly terrifying encounter with an indigenous tribe, Ed and his companion Cho encountered every conceivable danger along the way. In ‘Walking the Amazon’, Ed recounts his epic 860-day journey with images and footage from his astonishing expedition of endurance.
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Photographs by Keith Ducatel