New Guide, 2 Big River Swims, Islands of Alligators
Casey seems happy with his new guide, Jorge. As we have seen in previous updates, it had sometimes proved challenging to find a guide. Jorge is a math teacher who perhaps surprisingly has yet to even experience the jungle. According to Casey, Jorge is good at filming, something invaluable for documenting such a colorful journey.
As Casey has done throughout his journey, in addition to jungling large swaths of Amazon rainforest, he often 'swims' the Amazon. Most recently the two have been at the confluence of two large tributaries of the Amazon, the Maranon and the Ucayali (the Ucayali is seen as the main origin of the Amazon perhaps because it is the longest tributary).
Being at the west side of both rivers (at the village Nauta), and having to travel to the next town, Requena, on the east side of the Ucayali, Casey and Jorge had no choice but to swim across both rivers. And separated between them was a 9km stretch of islands which Casey said was inhabited by caiman, a type of South American alligator.
Then they had to walk down the east bank of the Ucayali which Casey said was "impossible terrain". The walk brought them close encounters with dolphins, large venomous snakes and more caiman.
Casey also informs his fans that he is in no danger of the highly publicized Amazon fires. He says they have not seen any fires near them.