“The Sandratsio meets the modern world,” in this thrilling episode of the Wizard’s Eye Expedition. Battling hellish portages and impressive whitewater, Tyler Bradt and the crew depend on the signals from GoogleEarth and the generosity of locals as they conquer a five-day first descent in Madagascar.
The final episode in our Kayak Travel Tips series raises the first question of planning an international kayaking adventure: Do you do it yourself or go with an established local outfitter? Learn the pros and cons for each solution to better choose what’s right for you. Continue reading
Lacey’s four-year love affair with the Rio Marañón in Peru continues despite unfortunate plans to dam the river. Her frustrations have increased as her conservation efforts seem to fail, until Remando Juntos, an outreach project that has rejuvenated her hope.
There’s a Ben Harper song that continued to run through my head as I rowed the Rio Marañón in Peru last summer. The chorus, I am blessed, I am blessed, I am blessed to be a witness, played over and over again, through countless rapids and lulls of flat stretches. Do you know the song? The Rio Marañón is located in the Andes of Peru and is the main-stem source of the Amazon. The first time I heard about the river was in 2012. I’ve returned to it every year since 2013 and have been fortunate enough to have the time, the health, and the resources to experience the Upper Amazon (Rio Marañón) many times now. So you have to agree, I am blessed, which is why the song resonates with me so strongly. But you may be wondering what I mean by, to be a witness?
Preparing for an international trip isn’t all about the packing and the paddling. And the prep doesn’t stop when you land. This episode of Kayak Travel Tips reminds travelers to get necessary shots, take precautions against local infectious insects and to start slow when tasting all the local cuisine. Continue reading
The Rio Alseseca in Mexico tears its way from a dormant volcano high above Veracruz in a ceaseless torrent of waterfalls. This wildly majestic river is one of the most unique in the world. The river, beloved as a paddler playground, plummets its way through towns and villages filling its banks and eddies with filth and forgotten things. Discarded as a dump, a small legion of paddlers are hoping a race through this heart-quickening waterscape might be the best way to save it. Continue reading
During a moment of recovery and healing, Andria Davis reflects on what she’s learned from her years on the river and how important it is to keep life and paddling in perspective.
As I’m writing this, I’m in a cast with a broken hand.
If you travel long enough, you’ll inevitably have a run-in with Murphy. It’s all about the adventure. Episode 8 of the Kayak Travel Series suggests preliminary steps to take to ensure all your gear and documentation is in order if disaster strikes or in the event something gets lost or stolen. Continue reading