Julian Naidu and Konstantin Pissarsky are two students who were captivated by the Amazon rainforest and its surrounding environment during their voluntary service year in Ecuador in 2017. Three years later, they planned to return and traverse the Amazon, traveling from its source to the Atlantic Ocean in a canoe.
"...The unique biodiversity, the towering trees, and the sheer beauty of nature fascinated us, and we even then toyed with the idea of one day crossing the Amazon rainforest in its entirety... Back in Germany, we became acutely aware of the tragic fate facing the Amazon. Reports are increasing about the massive deforestation in Brazil, leaking oil pipelines in Ecuador, and indigenous tribes being harassed and driven from their land... The plan is to start our journey in September 2021 from the western part of the Amazon basin in Ecuador, then follow the river's course all the way down until we reach the Atlantic," Julian Naidu said on September 6, 2020.
In September 2020, Julian reached out to us seeking support in the form of hammocks, mosquito nets, and the wisdom of Matthias, our founder, who had undertaken a similar journey years ago. Back then, Matthias spent several weeks traversing the Amazon in a dugout canoe, an experience that led to the birth of AMAZONAS. Recognizing a kindred spirit in the two adventurers, Matthias readily agreed to support their 'Destination Delta' project.
We supplied them with our outdoor hammocks and tarps, specifically designed for extended tours with numerous overnight stays. You can read about their experiences in their first test report here.
They will be sleeping in our hammocks for many nights during their tour, and mastering the right lying technique is crucial! If you're interested in learning more about this, click here for the Brazilian lying technique.
We are thrilled about this journey and eagerly await more updates from Julian and Konstantin!