Ed Stafford~~ 4 1/2 and 5 Star Reviews
Walking the Amazon: 860 Days. One Step at a Time
Goal setting and accomplishment of that goal are what Ed Stafford achieved when he walked the Amazon River from its start in the Peruvian Andes to its conclusion in the Atlantic Ocean. His story is chronicled in his book, Walking the Amazon: 860 Days, One Step at a Time. Stafford’s journey and the story relating to it are some of the most fascinating adventures of modern day.
Ed Stafford conceived of this idea while living in England. He diligently researched what he would need to make the trip and gathered all the elements to embark on his trek in April 2008. He convinced one of his friends to join him, but three months into the excursion, his friend returned home, leaving Ed to
continue on his own. The story he relates tells of his hiring of many guides who knew the villages, rivers, and mountains that he would have to traverse. One exceptional guide named Cho traveled with him for two years, and they became life-long friends.
There is much humor in this presentation. Realistic encounters with hunger, thirst, and jungle dangers hold readers’ attention throughout. One of the intriguing aspects of this journey is the use of modern technology. Ed Stafford was able to be in instant contact with the world outside of the Amazon jungle. He had cell phones, computer links, and all the cables needed to link via the Internet. With all these amenities, he still felt isolated and had to battle his own depression as he traveled his path to destiny. Language was a barrier for him as the universal language he had to learn was Spanish. His guide Cho taught him much and served as a translator. However, in many of the villages, native languages were vastly different and hiring a local guide as translator was very important in order to lead them on the most accessible paths.
Besides this book, Ed Stafford made a two part documentary series for the Discovery Channel. He is currently planning a new project for them. This book is well worth reading.