The greatest river in the world deserves a great story.
The Amazon River – Discovery (February 12th, 1542)
The Amazon River discovery started in January 1541 when the Spaniards Gonzalo Pizarro and the explorer Francisco de Orellana started a journey across the endless green rainforest as they were obsessed with the idea to find the Cinnamon Country and the elusive El Dorado.
The expedition left with a group of 220 Spaniards, 4000 natives, about 4000 lamas, 2000 hunting dogs, 2000 pigs, and many horses¹ that were used to transport provisions among other things.
The expedition struggled to cross the Andean mountain range. However, the Spaniard’s conquering spirit led them towards the east. Incessant rains were endured as men sickened and passed away, natives escaped and animals that once where used for transportation died or were slaughtered for food.
The remnants of the expedition wandered lost for about ten months in the hugeness of the jungle. Finally, after being exhausted, explorers arrived to the riverbanks of mighty waters. To discover that the trail ended in what today is known as the city of El Coca. However, the adventure did not end there, blinded by ambition and glory explorers started the construction of a boat. Against all odds, their journey on board of a crafted boat continued downstream the Napo River.
The expedition found neither cinnamon nor gold, but instead ended with the discovery of the greatest river on earth on 12 February 1542.
Just like ancient explorers, our guests have the opportunity to discover the mystery, spirit, life, and multicolored infinity of the most biodiverse corner on Earth. A priceless experience worth more than gold.
As we remember this incredible discovery, Advantage Travel extends an invitation to every explorer that wishes to join our crew aboard of our ships (Anakonda Amazon Cruise and Manatee Amazon Explorer) to sail the waters of a sanctuary once feared by most mortals and now available only to brave spirits.
1 (Galo Román S.- Ecuador: Nación Soberana, p. 68).