A raft on the Tapajós

On the news in the entire state of Pará….For the moment I leave you with just this, and a brief translation for those of you who don’t speak Portuguese:

O jovem americano Patrick Falterman, encantado com as belezas amazônicas resolveu encarar um grande desafio que vai se transformar numa verdadeira aventura entre dois estados, Pará e Amapá. Este é um percurso feito na maioria das vezes por grandes embarcações, só que ele resolveu ariscar se aventurando nesta pequena jangada, de pouco mais de quatro metros quadrados feita com materiais retirados da floresta e uma cobertura improvisada.

The young American Patrick Falterman, enchanted with the beautiful Amazon, is determined to take on a grand undertaking that will transform into a real adventure between the two states of Pará and Amapá. This is a passage usually made by large ships and navies, yet he is resolved to risk being an adventurer in this tiny raft, which is just a little more than 4 square metres made from materials taken from the jungle and an improvised cover.

Patrick fez a obra com ajuda de ribeirinhos e quer tentar chegar a Macapá utilizando apenas recursos naturais, e poucos apetrechos que leva a bordo. A sua maior bagagem é a coragem de enfrentar os desafios envolvidos no projeto. A pequena embarcação pesa cerca de três toneladas e nos primeiros dias de viagem nosso aventureiro já passou por algumas dificuldades e deve encarar mais desafios na longa aventura pelos rios amazônicos.

Patrick completed the project with help from local people and wants to try to make it to Macapá using only natural resources and the few materials he has onboard. His heaviest baggage is the courage to face the trials involved with the project. The small vessel weighs nearly three tons and in the first days of the trip our adventurer faced some difficulties and will surely face more during this long adventure along Amazonian rivers.

Muitas pessoas foram à orla de Itaituba para conhecer nosso corajoso navegador, que deixou os estados unidos, para conhecer as belas paisagens naturais de nossa região. O desafio parece inacreditável já que a embarcação rústica é feita de palhas e madeira e tem o mínimo de conforto e poucos objetos para diminuir o risco dessa grande jornada. Embora para alguns a proposta do americano seja extravagante, ele tem uma forma clara de explicar seu objetivo e dizer a quem mora na região o quanto aprecia o desconhecido é gratificante.

Many people went to the riverside in Itaituba to meet our courageous navigator, who left the USA to explore the beautiful scenery of our region. The undertaking seems unbeliveable since the rustic vessel is made from palm fronds and tree trunks and has a minimum of comforts and few objects to minimize the risk of this grand journey. Some may think this American’s adventure seems extravagant, he has a simple way of explaining his objective and says that those who live in the region should explore it and be grateful for living there.

-MN

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7 thoughts on “A raft on the Tapajós

  1. That is funnyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!!! Well, I guess you solved the raft problem…
    Keep on keepin’ on and never fear, you’ll get where you’re goin’!!!

  2. Oh, my gosh…that seems so unreal! And hey…I recognize those pants! Thanks for sharing.
    Stay safe.

  3. Aahahaha, I love it!! So awesome man! Glad your adventure is going well….getting caught up on these blogs has taken me a couple months, it is bittersweet. I will look forward to your next post

  4. Where are you? I’m addicted to your blog since last summer.

    Greetings from a fellow nomad in Spain. :-)

  5. eh lokao boa sorte na tua jornada!!!o teu couro de viado ta la em casa te esperando!!!abracao aqui de mim e da galera!!!

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