By Nick Thorpe
On a fateful South American bus journey, journalist Nick Thorpe overheard a few fellow passengers discussing an out of this world plan to sail 2,500 miles from northern Chile to Easter Island at the Viracocha—a boat made from reeds. The crew's goal in reviving this pre-Incan boat-building expertise used to be twofold: to reopen the arguable migration theories of Thor Heyerdahl, who sailed his boat the Kon-Tiki from Peru to Polynesia in 1947, and to have one heck of an experience within the procedure. Thorpe talked his approach on board Captain Phil Buck's Viracocha merely to discover himself stricken by uncertainty. Why did the staff contain a tree health practitioner, a jewellery salesman, and geese? What occurred to the navigator? Did anyone truly know the way to sail? And, most vital, the place was once the existence raft?
Despite the easiest efforts of storms and sharks and fast-moving freighters, an alarming loss of crusing skills, and a rival explorer dogging the journey at each flip, the group individuals of the Viracocha lived to inform their awesome story all through to its wickedly unforeseen end. Nick Thorpe's account is through turns humorous, touching, and thrilling—a tale of friendship, destiny, and the not going distances humans will opt for genuine adventure.
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