(Newsdesk) In his 7000km quest to cross South America via the Amazon, Marcin Gienieczko completed the Ucayali River in 19 days, his home team reported to Exweb. "In the afternoon of June 27th (Polish time) Gienieczko arrived at the confluence of the rivers Ucayali and Maranion, and from that point the river takes the name of the legendary Amazon."
Marcin reported that he did the Apurimac River (60 km), Ene River, Tambo and Ucayali (about 1900 km) in 27 days (including 24 days of flow). "For me, this trip is purely sporting, now I will have to fight with the longest river in the world - Amazon.”
"I want to show that every goal, even very distant has its own light in the tunnel. Today, it shined for me, when I beat Ucayali and swam to Amazon. This struggle is dedicated especially for children from the Pomeranian Hospice. I want to show them in that special way that you have to fight against adversity. This stage also dedicated to my sons, I want them never to give up."
Pucullpa to Iquitos
Marcin traveled via the settlement Yanayacu and Canal de Puinahua to Iquitos to pick up some food that he had sent in advance. This stretch had its challenges as there were no more islands where he could safely arrange accommodation. Camping on the banks exposed him to people who could be hostile. As there was an attack on a boat, a Peruvian Navy boat escorted him. Gadiel Sanchez Rivera met him along this stretch, assisting again.
Marcin reported some physical problems, mosquitos that kept biting in 30ºC and high humidity, as well as something that bit him in his neck, preventing him from turning his head. A tropical storm poured down and he broke and oar.
Marcin wrote that the drug dealers at the border with Colombia could be a next big thread.
Latitude: -3.47804 Longitude: -72.96411
Distance traveled: 2635 km
Marcin Gienieczko kicked off his expedition in Lima on May 17, 2015, and, with a support team, cycled to the Village of Chilca on the Pacific Ocean from where he turned inland to San Francisco (Peru). From there Gadiel Sanchez Rivera kayaked with him to Atalaya, and later again supported him to Iquitos.
Gienieczko plans to end 7000km later in the East at Belem, Brazil, on the Pacific Ocean.
He uses a Mad River Canoe, Royalex 16. It weighs 30 kg and it is made of Royalex materials. Marcin has used a similar canoe the entire McKenzie River system and on the biggest Siberian river, the Lena.
Note: to reflect style. Marcin is claiming doing this expedition “solo”, but according to the Rules and Definitions of Adventure at AdventureStats, a solo expedition may not receive any assistance or car support.
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Charity (info below tracker map)