East to the Amazon: In Search of Great Paititi and the Trade Routes of the Ancients

East to the Amazon: In Search of Great Paititi and the Trade Routes of the Ancients

by John Blashford-Snell, Richard Snailham
     
 

In May 2001 John Blashford-Snell and his team set off through the dense rain forest of Bolivia in search of Great Paititi, the mythical land the Spanish conquistadors called El Dorado and the secret of its trade routes to the old world. Their quest led them on a perilous river journey across the heart of South America aboard the reed boat Kota Mama III to the mouth of…  See more details below

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In May 2001 John Blashford-Snell and his team set off through the dense rain forest of Bolivia in search of Great Paititi, the mythical land the Spanish conquistadors called El Dorado and the secret of its trade routes to the old world. Their quest led them on a perilous river journey across the heart of South America aboard the reed boat Kota Mama III to the mouth of the Amazon. Riding 500 kilometres of hair-raising rapids, they demonstrated how the ancient peoples of Paititi could have travelled as they did.

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Library Journal - Library Journal
This adventure saga recounts the British-based Scientific Exploration Society's South American journey from the Andes to the Atlantic in May 2001. Readers are taken on a land journey to the supposed ruins of Paititi, a lost Bolivian city, and then follow the authors as they travel down the challenging Madeira and Amazon Rivers, often in a traditional reed boat. The story is heavily supported with logistical information, historical facts, reflections on earlier explorers, and interesting tidbits on such things as latex production, archaeology, and herpetology. All the ingredients for a superb armchair adventure are here, which make it all the more unfortunate that the presentation sometimes seems subdued and lackluster, and the supporting material a distraction from the journey at hand, causing the story to lose momentum. The book, however, still has merit in its descriptive and detailed first-hand account of a unique journey in a very remote river and rain forest environment. For larger libraries. Jo-Anne Mary Benson, Osgoode, Ont. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

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ISBN-13:
9780719565045
Publisher:
Murray, John Publishers, Limited
Publication date:
03/28/2004
Pages:
237
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.72(h) x 0.72(d)

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