Piotr Chmielinski & Canoandes



Many thanks to Piotr Chmielinski for supporting me by sending out new replacement kit supplies and for his generous and ongoing financial donations during the course of the expedition.


Thanks to Jon at  FatMap the amazing 3D navigating tool Also for waiving the annual subscription for downloads



Thank you to Bruce Chapman at the NASA Jet Propulsion laboratory for giving me exclusive access to the wetlands data and helping me get to grips with using the data in conjunction with Google Earth.


Thanks to Clive at English Worx for supporting the website and blog. Englishworx is a great ESL resource for English language learners.

John Stanford Music

Thanks to John Stanford for allowing me the use of his amazing music in the introduction video. Check out his incredible music at johnstanfordmusic.com.

Derek Fiechter

Thanks to Derek Fiechter for permission to use his stunning composition Naiad River in the promotional AOTA videos. You can find all his music at derekfiechter.bandcamp.com

Hennessy Hammocks

Thank you to Tom Hennessy at Hennessy Hammocks for the amazing and very comfortable Deep Jungle Hammock. http://www.hennessyhammock.com/

Altberg boots

Thank you to Altberg for supplying me with the worlds best handmade Jungle and mountain boots

Ramona Marks

Web content help for this site was provided at a sweet discount by RamonaMarks.com.

Reserva Natural Jungle Lodge

Thanks to Axel for the use of facilities at the wonderful jungle lodge in Palmari


Thanks to Water-To-Go for sending out to Peru, a few of these amazing bottles & spare filters.


Thank you to the El Cauchero hotel in Iquitos Peru for accommodating me for a few nights. This spacious, peaceful and economical hotel overlooks the historical boat museum and Itaya river. Great bar, pool and breakfast included! Click logo below to visit the website.


Many thanks to Colca Trek & Colca Trek lodge owner Vlado Soto for the accommodation at the incredible Colca Trek lodge. And for the moral support on my arrival at the Pacific Ocean.







Thank you to Julio and Durby for accommodating me for a few nights in the stunning Majes River Valley. 
It was a true Oasis in the arid mountains


Expedition donations

A sincere thank you to all who have made a donation to the expedition via PayPal or BACS on the support page or the Fundrazr page. Names will appear here unless otherwise requested. If I have accidentally forgotten anybody please do contact me at info@ascentoftheamazon.com or via the contact page of this website and I will add you to the list below.

Anyone who has donated £25 – $30 or over will receive a special calendar with exclusive photos from my Journey, signed sealed and delivered, after the expedition has finished!


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