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Amazon Voyage 2009

I spent a couple of weeks on the Amazon River this March with friends and family and had a blast as usual. It was my fourth trip to Brazil and each visit is always magical and always transformative.
To get you in the mood why not watch my animated Candiru song on youtube at

It’s a lovely homage to the Amazon’s most feared fish! Animation was done by Aubrey Mintz for the Miami Science Museum’s Amazon Voyage exhibit.There were 24 of us in all, along with a crew of seven aboard the magnificent riverboat Dorinha. We spent two weeks in March of 2009 exploring the Solimoes and Rio Negro Rivers, part of the vast network of rivers known as the Amazon. Our captain was Moacir Fortes and this was my fourth trip with the legendary “Mo”. It was also my fourth river journey with paleobotanist Kirk Johnson our trip organizer. As always Kirk had assembled a wide array of adventurers: scientists, artists, photographers, pilots, UPS-raconteurs, shop-keepers, marketing experts, musicians, and one ventriloquist.


Here’s the slide show from the trip!

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