Nearing the End of the Amazon, Maldague Tries Ayahuasca
From Labrea, Maldague moved on up the river toward Pauini. He has really picked up the pace, increasing his miles each day with he aim of eventually covering more than 40km (24.8 miles) in a session.
But it hasn’t been easy and he is increasing his speed partly to try and escape the 35°C (95°F) heat. “The sun remains my biggest enemy right now! I am exposed all day long from 7 am to 5 pm, without any shade,” he wrote on August 21.
By August 26 he was only five days from Pauini, eager to make the town and take a few days break. Paddling for more than 10 hours a day had taken a toll on his body: “My left shoulder is painful, I have a right calf contracture, and both my feet endure water related minor wounds,” he explained.
Just before arriving, he took one of the last shortcuts of this leg of the trip, saving himself 26km (16.2 miles) of paddling with a 500m (547 yard) portage through the jungle.
After a few days break in the town, Maldague continued on toward Rio Branco. This marks the last leg of his Amazon journey.
But before his Amazon expedition ends, Maldague was pleased to have an opportunity to try ayahuasca, a famous indigenous, psychoactive brew. “I also had my first Daime spiritual experience...I am not sure it is an experience I am ready to share yet. But I can say it was very intense, full of love and positive energy,” he wrote in his latest update.