More rapids and a community

The nature of the river has changed. The calm stretches between rapids are shorter and there are many more small rapids and riffles. Like Roosevelt we have noticed that the trees are getting larger as we descend the river. This was a very important fact for Roosevelt because very soon his men would have to Read More

Our first visit to a Cinta Larga community

Last night we camped by the bridge near the Teneie Marques, a Cinta Larga community. Brazil was playing in the World Cup. We could hear cheers coming from the community. We think the whole village was watching the game together. Brazil won and just before dark two teachers and several children walked across the bridge Read More

A long stretch of rapids

Everyone is doing well. We have just begun a long, 15 km stretch of rapids. This involves a lot of portaging and some paddling. I’ll have a bigger update for you when we reach the end of the rapids– and the mouth of the Rio Roosevelt.

Brazil nuts and rubber support many families living in the rainforest

We learned that Panelas, the tiny settlement we stayed in last night, spends half the year under water. During the rainy season (November to April) the Rio Roosevelt rises nearly 30 feet. The surrounding forest is completely flooded, along with shoreline farmsteads and settlements. Residents move inland and wait for the waters to recede. In Read More

Paddling on the Rio Roosevelt

  Today we finally reached the Rio Roosevelt! As we paddled around a bend in the Rio Branco, the Rio Roosevelt came into view. Everyone howled with joy. We are finally descending the river that President Theodore Roosevelt’s party explored 100 years ago. One of our goals is to see how the river has changed Read More