Polish explorer to cross South America solo via Amazon
PR dla Zagranicy
Polish sportsman and explorer Marcin Gienieczko has set off on a bid to cross South America alone, including a 6000 km stint in a canoe down the Amazon.
Marcin Gienieczko. Photo: Facebook/SOLO Amazon Expedition
Gienieczko, who is raising money to buy an ambulance for the Pomeranian Children's Hospice, flew to Peru on Sunday, where his adventure begins with a 750 km bike ride through the Andes.
After finishing phase one of his journey, he will switch to canoe, before running the last section from Belem in Brazil to the Atlantic Ocean.
It is a journey that is fraught with danger, above all the odyssey down the Amazon.
“I'll be paddling through the territory of the two largest drug cartels,” Gienieczko acknowledged during an interview with wp.pl.
The sportsman also noted that he will pass through the area where two Polish canoeists from Gdańsk were murdered by native Indians in 2011.
Gienieczko has been preparing for the trip for two years and he has learnt how to build a camp in the jungle and how to identify edible plants and fruits there.
However, he admits that his chances of managing the entire expedition are only about 60 percent.
He has submitted his itinerary to the Guinness World Records organisation, and his progress can be followed via his official website. (nh)