2009 River Raft Race – 10 Years of Amazon Rafting

by admin on September 1, 2009

 

This raft is more sophisticated than the ones used in the race.

This raft is more sophisticated than the ones used in the race.

In recent years, teams from as many as 14 countries have competed in the Amazon Raft Race, traveling one of the world’s most exciting rivers. The Peruvian Amazon is known for being a remote part of this fantastic rainforest, and the town of Iquitos is a quiet one. However, in 1999 an Englishman who had recently moved to Iquitos teamed up with the region’s Director of Tourism to create the first Amazon Raft Race. 43 teams competed that year, and this year’s rafters will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the event. The race will last three days, from September 25th to September 27th, and the teams will cover 112 miles on rafts they will build themselves on September 24th. This is an especially exciting event for rafting enthusiasts, and a challenging one as well. I will not be competing in this event!

Photo courtesy of Jake G under Creative Commons License