Explorer Kayaks Across South America

Expedition hailed as a first

Megan Stroup

On Tuesday, a Swedish explorer completed a nine-month expedition to kayak the length of South America and study its biodiversity. Christian Bodegren began on the Orinoco River in Venezuela last September, arriving at the Atlantic Ocean by way of Argentina on June 12. Bodegren frequently had to paddle upstream in order to transect the continent, encountering various dangerous animals and unknown sections of river along the way. “That my stubbornness lasted much longer than their doubts just feels extra nice now after nine months,” Bodegren wrote on his website yesterday, addressing those who said his project was impossible. “Being able to stand here on the beach and raise the Swedish flag and feel proud of my performance is a great feeling.”

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