2 Dec '06...At sea on board Oceania Regatta
3 Dec.........On the River
4 Dec.........On the River
5 Dec.........Santarem, Brazil
6 Dec........Boca da Valeria, Brazil
7 Dec........Manaus, Brazil
8 Dec........Manaus, Brazil
9 Dec........Parintins, Brazil
10 Dec........On the River
11 Dec........At sea
Three pages of photos to keep you interested...
WORLD HERITAGE SITE
Central Amazon Conservation Complex: Brazil
The Amazon River lies nearly on the earth’s equator in Brazil, South America. For the last century, the Amazon and the Nile Rivers have been in a tight battle for title of world's longest river. The exact length of the two rivers varies over time and reputable sources disagree as to their actual length. The Amazon, depending on who you talk to, is anywhere between 3,903 mi/6,259 km and 4,195 mi/6,712 km long. The Nile River in Africa is reported to be anywhere from 3,437 mi/5,499 km to 4,180 mi/6,690 km long. But there is no question as to which of the two great rivers carries the greater volume of water - the Amazon River. Because the Amazon drains the entire Northern half of the South American continent, accumulating all the torrential tropical rains that deluge the rainforests, it carries an enormous amount of water. The Amazon is responsible for a fifth of the total volume of fresh water entering the oceans worldwide. At its widest point the Amazon River can be 6.8 mi/11km wide during the dry season. In an average dry season 110,000 square km of land are water-covered, while in the wet season the flooded area of the Amazon Basin triples to 350,000 square km. Including the flood plains, the Amazon River during the rainy season can be up to 24.8 mi/40km wide. Where the Amazon opens at its estuary the river is over 202 mi/325km wide! The river is navigable to large ships up to Manaus, and smaller ships of 3,000 tons and 18 ft/5.5m draft can reach as far as Iquitos, Peru—more than 2,250 mi/3,600 kmfrom the Atlantic Ocean. The Amazon truly deserves its nickname “The River Sea”.
The river supports innumerable species of fish, including the largest freshwater fish in the world, the Arapaima, carnivorous piranha, and electric eels. Mammals are represented by pink river dolphins and reptiles by caimans and anacondas.
Settlements along the river are few and far between and those that do exist must make provisions for the annual flooding which may make the river level rise up to 40 ft/12m. The indigenous Indians and the rain forest wildlife have retreated deep into the remaining forests and tourists who casually cruise only the Amazon will not see them. Nevertheless, the immensity of the Amazon, the calmness of the river’s flow, the rich colors of the land and people, and the vivacity of the local population make the trip worth while.
I have cruised up the Amazon once and down the river twice, and all three times it was sensational. Beastly hot and humid, the river never ceases to amaze: with its size, its traffic, and the people and wildlife along its banks.
16 Jan '13...Manaus, Brazil–Embark Quest for Adventure
17 Jan.........Parintins, Brazil
18 Jan........Alter do Chao, Brazil
19 Jan........Cruising the Amazon River
20 Jan........Macapa, Brazil
21-22 Jan...Cruising Atlantic Coast of Brazil
23 Jan........Fortaleza, Brazil
24 Jan........Natal, Brazil
25-27 Jan...Cruising Atlantic Ocean
28 Jan........Ascension Island
29-31 Jan...Cruising Gulf of Guinea
1 Feb........Tema, Ghana–Disembark Quest for Adventure
1-2 Feb......Kotoka Int'l, Accra, Ghana ACC — London Gatwick LGW
— London Heathrow LHR — Washington Dulles IAD
— Pittsburgh Int'l PIT
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