Photographs by Rodrigo Rodrich
These beautiful photographs by Rodrigo Rodrich tell part of the story of the rafters arriving way upstream near Nauta to build their rafts of balsa logs, and of the first day of the 13th running of the Great River Amazon Raft Race. Take a look at the joy, despair and determination.
The Great River Raft Race attracted 45 teams, over 220 participants and media, plus a large crowd at the starting line near Nauta and along the river course at Porvenir, Nueve Esperanza, Tamshiyacu, and at the finish line near Iquitos.
The participating rafters named their crews imaginative descriptive names…Peachy Asses…Crazy Cuys…Last of the Mohicans…Ancash Ladies Do It Better…Wild America…Faint Hearted…RiffRaft…Spanky and the Spanksters…Currently Lost…and my favorite to win it all, Vamos Ya, (Let’s Go Now).
The old motto, The Faint Of Heart Need Not Apply, must have filtered out every one that should not have been on a raft in the race for three days on the Amazon River, because there were no faint of heart in this race.
This years Great River Amazon Raft Race featured a 16 year old on the Markham College crew, the youngest paddler to enter the race.
And they are off on the start of The Great River Amazon Raft Race 2011
The Great River Amazon Raft Race is held in Peru on the largest river in the world. The rafts spread out over several miles with the fastest contestants soon around the bend. Sometimes you may be left alone with no other person or raft in sight and you are racing against time and your self. Finishing is winning!
Great River Amazon Raft Race Balsa Adventure
Bill Grimes reporting from Iquitos Peru on the Great River Amazon Raft Race, 2011; Stay tuned for the photos and more of the story of day two and three of this long grueling raft race on the Amazon River in and near Iquitos Peru.