Just returned from two months in Guyana, exploring the very remote Rewa river (and untouched tributaries) in the center of the country. Not by packraft - I used a canoe and was accompanied by a very experienced Makushi tribesman who used a bow and arrow to fish, played remove-the-hook with several large piranhas, and was an exceptional animal tracker. I filmed rare giant otters, capybara, caiman, the best birdlife I've ever seen on any river anywhere, some typically bizarre South American river fish (haimara, giant catfish etc), and enjoyed a river so isolated that it's a normal occurance to spot tapirs foraging along the banks (I filmed three). Jaguars have been seen here on a reasonably regular basis too. My Amerindian friend and I were the first to ever paddle from the very top - several portages over waterfalls/rapids are required - this is why people don't come up there - it's just very hard work. It was an eight day, very serious motorboat trip upriver to get to the start point.
The premiere river guide in Guyana is a fellow named Ashley Holland (check out his Rewa Head website). If you're interested in the beautiful rivers of Guyana, he's the man to ask about the country - firstname.lastname@example.org
I expect to get all my excellent footage from this journey edited and produced into another Remote River Man DVD by around early March. In the meantime, I should have some photos and YouTube videos up pretty soon on the Remote River Man website....
Down the Amazon, or across the Patagonia ice cap. Where have you taken your packraft?
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