23 September 2011

 

“A rushed journey is a waste of time; you can see nothing. I am here by the grace of God; I must take advantage of it and examine nature carefully, for I shall never return to these waters again. Instinct tells me to let myself drift with the swift current. Reason stops me: for an explorer, hurrying through an unknown land is like running away from the enemy”. Jules Crevaux, French Naval Surgeon

 

Ten years ago, in 2001, I went down the Rio Negros in the Amazonas Region of Brazil and Venezuela. The experience was one that I had dreamed about since I first saw pictures of Toucan birds in childhood picture books. I still dream about it having been on this trip, for it  excited desires to travel to remote and wild regions that I probably should have fostered many years prior to this journey. 

 

Thinking of the 2 month long trip a decade ago rekindles the images that I preserve of the journey like leadership, loyalty and a love for the environment.

 

I am planning to go back in November of this year, for I need to savour nature in its most pristine atmosphere again. This time I am going to take around a dozen others who want to look at the region too.

 

The river Rio Negros, a tributary of the Rio Amazonas, beckons and I want to see as much of it as I can so my expedition is planned to leave from Manaus and travel to Sao Gabriel in the North West of Brazil. Then we cross into Venezuela and travel up to San Carlos along the Negros before heading into the Casiquiare and motoring by river boat to the Orinoco – one of the most magical of all rivers in the world, and certainly one of the more remote.

 

This Amazonas region of the world is still the provider of so much information on travel and geographical health that I am looking forward to it. A journey to South America is like none other; in colour, in nature though with considerable risk.

 

Primary Principles of the Mission Endeavour:

¨                  TO CONDUCT CO-OPERATIVE RESEARCH, WITH THE TROPICAL INSTITUTE OF MANAUS, IN INVESTIGATING THE PREVALENCE OF      TROPICAL AND INFECTIOUS     DISEASES AMONGST THE RIVERINE   POPULATION MEDICINE OF THE AMAZON

¨                  TO ACKNOWLEDGE THE CULTURES AND ENVIRONEMENTS OF THE REGION, AND BY DOING SO, TO APPRECIATE AND UNDERSTAND THEM

¨                  TO STUDY THE CULTURES OF THE REGION, AND TO CONTRIBUTE TO INTERCULTURAL UNDERSTANDING BY CONVEYING OUR OWN CULTURAL HERITAGE

¨                  TO UNDERTAKE A JOURNEY THAT IS SAFE

 

The journey will be around a month and wonder-filled. We currently are developing research topics for our trip. What an exciting occasion this will be. I hope that you will join us on our blog, as we travel into the diversity of traditional inhabitants, flora and fauna biodiversity, and exciting and mesmerizing new experiences.     

 

AMAZON STORM

Amazon rain hints from afar away and beyond

Grey colours come timid to harsh, threatening

Colours and hues of a river’s edge and beauty

With that of its own. Beginning soft to beguile

Only to pound, smash, and stamp and rage

Accompanied by smashing thunder booming to

Follow flashing jags and belts of white or yellow

That stamps their mark over an expansive ceiling

Limited by vision and patience to watch, to wait

Until the distance is seen again with clear fresh.

 

Marc Shaw

Expedition Leader

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It’s finally happening! And how appropriate too as this year will be the 10th Anniversary of the death of our great New Zealander, Sir Peter Blake.

We have now firmed up our itinerary and beaten down the costs to get a pretty good deal.

The journer in uncommon and has been specifically tailored to our requirement. There is a maximum limit of 12-14 spaces and it is intended that every one has an aim/project to complete whilst on the journey.

Worldwise Expeditions will select companions for the available spaces based on sense of character, project/aim and commitment.

At this stage the itinerary is mildly flexible so we are open to looking at incorporating your project requirements and situation.

We are really excited about this one!!! Please pass on to any family and friends that may be interested.

 

 

Contact Clare: clareshaw@worldwise.co.nz for more details