May 2, 2004
Outside Magazine

The Trip-Finder, January 1999
Sea-Kayaking from the Andes to the Amazon
Outfitter Price Accommodations
Explore Bolivia
303-708-8810, www.explore
$1,235 camping, rustic lodging, tourist hotels
Piragis International Expeditions
$2,625 camping, rustic lodging, tourist hotels

The Route: An altitudinally schizophrenic nine- to 15-day paddling trip that starts on 12,500-foot Titicaca, the world's highest navigable lake, and puddle-jumps to the Mamore, a lowland river in the Amazon Basin. You'll float amid freshwater dolphins and camp on islands that were sacred to the Inca.

When to go: Year-round

Difficulty: Moderate

Travel advisory: Certainly one of the few kayak trips in which altitude sickness can be a problem. Drink lots of water and try the local remedy: mate de coca (coca tea). If headaches and nausea persist, you'll be glad you brought along the prescription drug Diamox.

High/low points:

  • Getting buzzed on Lake Titicaca by a squadron of pink flamingos dozens strong.
  • Watching a four-foot green snake drop into your boat from a overhanging branch along the Mamore.

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