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Jun 8, 2011 by

walking the amazon

Despite its obvious perils–from jungle-borne diseases to leeches, jaguars, baseball-size tarantulas, and prehistoric river creatures–the Amazon has attracted a who’s who of luminous adventurers, such as Percy Fawcett, Theodore Roosevelt, and, of course, Indiana Jones. It continues to do so today: Brit Ed Stafford, who finished his more than 4,000-mile (6,437-kilometer) trek along the length of the mighty river in 2010, was the most recent. Nowadays, it’s perhaps not so much the lure of Inca treasure or the lost city of El Dorado that draws adventurers, but the promise of pure adventure that lies in one of the last great frontiers. Return to Gallery

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