For fans of The Lost City of Z, Walking the Amazon, and Turn Right at Machu Picchu comes naturalist and explorer Paul Rosolie’s extraordinary adventure in the uncharted tributaries of the Western Amazon—a tale of discovery that vividly captures the awe, beauty, and isolation of this endangered land and presents an impassioned call to save it.
In the Madre de Dios—Mother of God—region of Peru, where the Amazon River begins its massive flow, the Andean Mountain cloud forests fall into lowland Amazon Rainforest, creating the most biodiversity-rich place on the planet. In January 2006, when he was just a restless eighteen-year-old hungry for adventure, Paul Rosolie embarked on a journey to the west Amazon that would transform his life.
Venturing alone into some of the most inaccessible reaches of the jungle, he encountered giant snakes, floating forests, isolated tribes untouched by outsiders, prowling jaguars, orphaned baby anteaters, poachers in the black market trade in endangered species, and much more. Yet today, the primordial forests of the Madre de Dios are in danger from developers, oil giants, and gold miners eager to exploit its natural resources.
In Mother of God, this explorer and conservationist relives his amazing odyssey exploring the heart of this wildest place on earth. When he began delving deeper in his search for the secret Eden, spending extended periods in isolated solitude, he found things he never imagined could exist. “Alone and miniscule against a titanic landscape I have seen the depths of the Amazon, the guts of the jungle where no men go, Rosolie writes. “But as the legendary explorer Percy Fawcett warned, ‘the few remaining unknown places of the world exact a price for their secrets.’”
Illustrated with 16 pages of color photos.
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About the Author
Paul Rosolie is a naturalist and explorer who has specialized in the western Amazon for nearly a decade. Along with running a conservation project called Tamandua Expeditions that uses tourism to support rain forest conservation, Paul conducts research and expeditions that take him all over the world in search of ways to save wildlife and ecosystems. In 2014 he launched the first-ever study of anacondas in Amazonia with the Discovery Channel special Expedition Amazon. Mother of God is his first book.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The book is a wonderful read. You will have a deep appreciation for Biodiversity and the great need for all of us to support respect and care for the planet's remaining areas that are habitat for great numbers of still-unknown plants and species of animals.
Fate was kind when I found this book, one of the most enlightening and informative adventure tales ever. Loved it. Such a simple review, I know, but I am at a loss for words. I just finished it and wish I still had two hundred pages to go.
A MUST READ autobiography for anyone interested in an exciting and fascinating true live adventure of Paul Rosolie's explorations and dedicated work towards saving what is left of the Amazon Rain Forest. If you loved "My Side of the Mountain" as a kid, oh boy, you are in for a treat with this read. Captivating, difficult to put down; it will change the perspective of the casual nature lover to the ardent conservationist. Get off Facebook, turn off your phone and TV, put down that silly romance novel or "tell all' gossip magazine, and read something worth while. Mother of God: An Extraordinary Journey Into the Uncharted Tributaries of the Western Amazon will keep you on the edge of your seat, but may inspire you to save the future for your children and grandchildren should you choose to become involved, even on a tiny level.