The Amazon River and its surrounding jungle can be a seemingly inhospitable place—with anacondas, piranhas, and electric eels being just a few of the characters you might meet along the way. But for 26-year-old Helen Skelton, the Amazon River is her home of choice for the next several weeks as she attempts to be the first woman to kayak the river.
Helen is a cast-member of the BBC kids television show Blue Peter, and she is hoping to use her notoriety and adventurous spirit to raise money for Sport Relief, a charity organization that aids the poor and homeless in the UK and abroad. Helen is no stranger to major accomplishments; in April 2009, she became only the second woman to finish the 78-mile Namibia Ultra Marathon.
Helen has paddled about 600 miles so far, and you can follow her the rest of the way on the 2,010-mile journey down the Amazon via her almost-daily blog, complete with interactive map. Also check out Away.com's Brazil Travel Guide for your own travel ideas in this amazing country.
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