The Amazon tour we offer today on the ANAKONDA could not be more different from the first journey the Spanish Conquistadors ventured some 500 years ago, when the Amazon River Basin was first discovered by the Western World. It was a man named Gonzalo Pizarro, brother of Francisco (whom we credit much of the Conquest of the territories of modern-day Ecuador and Peru) who would first embark on the uncanny voyage from the city of Quito in 1541 with some 3000 native men and countless animals. Greedy and crazed for gold, they headed out to the "Land of Cinnamon", where a native king -said to be wrapped in precious jewels and riches- ruled. Halfway down the Andean slopes he met another Conquistador; Francisco de Orellana. This was the man who would ultimately discover the Amazon River two years later and than began a perilous expedition into the depths of the jungle.
This is the odyssey we offer adventurers of the world; those wishing to experience the amazing breadth of the Amazon Basin, as our Anakonda takes on the mighty Napo River, a truly epic tributary of the Amazon born from the glaciers of Antisana Volcano. Our Amazon cruise re-enacts in comfort, style and taste one of the most difficult and painstaking expeditions known to Man. At the same time, the odyssey takes us on a journey to explore one of the most precious discoveries in human history: The Amazon River Basin.
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