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July 4, 2003

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By the time we've finished our river journey, we'll have traveled far enough down the Amazon to have sailed from Denver to New York. By experiencing the Amazon by slow boat, we've learned to appreciate the river's most impressive characteristic, it's size. The Amazon drains a continent, contains 1/5 of the world's freshwater, and supports the most diverse concentration of flora and fauna species (many as yet uncategorized). How else could three different types of dolphins live here?
Some villagers hitchhike onto our boat by running their canoes alongside and jumping aboard.
Villagers paddle their canoes out to the ferryboat and passengers throw gifts to them such as clothes or food wrapped in plastic bags that float like lilies in our wake.