Cuban Speleologist Remembers Crossing The Amazon River

Sancti Spiritus, Cuba Apr 28 (Prensa Latina) Cuban speleologist Alejandro Romero, a delegate of Cuban Antonio Núñez Jiménez Foundation for Nature and Man in the central Cuban province of Sancti Spiritus, remembered the trip in canoe from the Amazon to the Caribbean, 30 years ago.

 

Romero remembered that the trip started in 1987, in a risky venture that allowed scientists to believe that Arahuac cultures were the first in arriving in Cuba, from the Orinoco River.

‘We started from Baracoa, Cuba, to the island of San Salvador, Bahamas, the place where the trip ended in June 1988,’ he stated.

One of the canoes used in the trip, is now showed at a small museum at the host buolding of the Antonio Núñez Jiménez Foundation in Sancti Spiritus

‘The boat was built in wood materials by Quechua Indians and there are only two museums of its kind in the country, one of them in the Foundation at the capital and the other one here,’ he explained .

‘Two canoes were lost in the midst of storms and tempests, the Hatuey and the Simón Bolívar, while one of the three remaining lies in our institution,’ he said.

This journey by canoe from the Amazon to the Caribbean made a tour of 17,422 kilometers, visited 20 countries and 432 people, including indians who participated as guides and those that built the five used canoes, as well as 90 investigators, he stressed.

Antonio Núñez Jiménez is considered by the Cuban Association of Speleology and Geography as a discoverer of Cuba after Chistopher Columbus, Alejandro de Humboldt and Fernando Ortiz.

He maintained a close working relationship with the territory of Sancti Spiritus, launched in 1947 by the Caguanes area and he prepared and organized this trip.

These days, Ecuador organizes an international event to celebrate after three decades of this crossing of scientific research that departed from Quito, capital of the country, reaching Cuba.

The meeting will begin today in the capital’s Guayasamin Museum , while days 29 and 30 will take place a program of activities in Puerto Misahualli, Napo province, where he began sailing, they point to international news media.

UNESCO recognized to all documents emanating from that trip as part of the archives of the regional memory of the world.

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