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February 03, 2010

Amazon Adventure: Kayaking for a Cause

By Kate Chandler

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Amazon River - Brand X - brxbxp450224 HOME AWAY FROM HOME: The winding path of the Amazon River (courtesy, Brand X)

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's Brazil Travel Guide for your own travel ideas in this amazing country.  

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Helen has undertaken kayaking for a very noble cause. Kayaking is a very adventurous sport and requires lot of experience and courage to learn.

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