After 859 day, Ed Stafford became the first man known to have walked the entire length of the Amazon river when he arrived at the Atlantic Ocean in northern Brazil on Monday. The journey began at the summit of Mount Mismi in Peru on April 2, 2008. Mr Stafford's team said he has suffered hundreds of wasp stings and endured an estimated 50,000 mosquito bites.
Ed Stafford and a British friend began the walk on April 2, 2008, on the southern coast of Peru. Unfortunately his friend left within the first three months while Ed carried on, meeting companions along the way who accompanied him on his journey. After five months Peruvian forestry worker Gadiel "Cho" Sanchez Rivera who initially planned to walk with Ed for five dayes ended up accompanying the walker until the end of the expedition. He hoped his feat would raise the awareness of destruction to the Amazon rain forest while still celebrating the amazing feat of endurance
During the expedition, the two entrepid explorers had dodged viperss, anacondas and scorpions, been imprisoned, chased by tribes wielding bows and arrows and wrongly accused of murder - on two separate occasions. Truly Indiana Jones type escapades
A few hours earlier, Ed Stafford had collapsed at the side of the road, just short of his destination. But upon arrival at the beach, he looked like the previous 2.5 years of walking was a casual afternoon stroll as he jumped into the ocean and hugged anyone in sight.
Ed Stafford, after a well earned rest, will be available for speaking engagements. His amazing motivational story of his adventures will be both inspiring and fascinating for any conference or dinner
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