First to kayak/raft the full length of the Amazon River (from source area to the Atlantic Ocean)
Piotr Chmielinski, Joe Kane
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Brasil (Belem)

The first explorers to paddle the full length of the Amazon was achieved by Piotr Chmielinski (Poland) and Joe Kane (USA), on the 19 February 1985.

Piotr Chmielinski (b 1952, Poland). Joe Kane (b 1953, San Francisco) walked 200 miles at the start and then joined in the paddling to Belem, Brazil. Kayaks were used almost the whole way but raft was needed over some rough rapids, where other members of the party join in the paddling.