The Amazon River is the largest river in the world in terms of water discharge and is debated to be either the first or second in length depending on who you talk to. Most people think the Nile is longer. The length of the Amazon is said to be 6,992 km (4,345 mi). The Amazon drainage is said to be larger than the drainage of the next seven largest independent rivers combined. According to Wikipedia ”The Amazon basin is the largest drainage basin in the world, with an area of approximately 7,050,000 square kilometers (2,720,000 sq mi), and accounts for roughly one-fifth of the world’s total river flow. … The width of the Amazon is between 1.6 and 10 kilometers (1.0 and 6.2 mi) at low stage, but expands during the wet season to 48 kilometers (30 mi) or more. Because of its vast dimensions, it is sometimes called “The River Sea”. I’ve also read where the “Amazon rises and falls by an amazing 12 to 15 meters annually”, a statement I find unfathomable (pun intended). This post is designed as a “portal post” for more information on the Amazon River. Let’s talk cruises and other information from: TripAdvisor (Brazil), TripAdvisor (Peru), Hillman, Lonely Planet, Fodor’s,
Well, it seems like it’s starting. I’ve spent way-too-much time around the house. I’m starting to feel my feet itch. I’m starting to write on my blog again which probably means that I’ll be leaving sometime in the next year for a few months on the road. I’m starting to look at places where I have not been that are on the list of best sights to see in the world. Up at the top is Iguazu Falls, one of the three major waterfalls of the world. It’s remote. But so is Victoria Falls. Plus, it’s a lot cheaper to get to South America and back than to Africa. Plus, transportation and lodging is easier to come by in South American than in Africa. What else is near there? In Rio you’ve got the Carnival, the Panoramic Views, the Copacabana and Ipanema Beaches, the Niteroi Contemporary Museum of Art, Sugar Loaf Mountain and the Christ the Redeemer statue. I could wander around Paraguay a bit and then head to Buenos Aries and then to Montevideo. I could wander around the Pampas a bit before catching a cheap overnight bus to Santiago, Chile. I’m starting to get some ideas.