Jorge Sanchez (Spain):
Although I did not climb the highest peak of Brazil, Pico da Neblina (about 3.000 meters), I crossed its National Park navigating during a whole day in my way in raft along the Rio Negro from Santa Isabel do Rio Negro to São Gabriel da Cachoeira. The flora and the fauna of that park is extraordinary.
I asked permission to the FUNAI (Fundação Nacional do Índio) to get closer to the Pico da Neblina and then to cross to Venezuela, but I was denied the permit because the conflict between the Indians and the garimpeiros searching for gold, so I only could stay in the National Park but not getting too close to the Indian villages or to the Pico da Neblina.
I waited for a whole week in São Gabriel da Cachoeira, and finally I managed to get to Mitu, in Colombia, after three days navigation by rafts crossing villages that were lepers’ colonies.
Date posted: April 2014
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