My journey through the Amazon river | Leg #1

The Amazon River is the largest river by discharge volume of water in the world, and by some definitions it is the longest. The headwaters of the Apurímac River had been considered for nearly a century as the Amazon’s most distant source, until a 2014 study found it to be the headwaters of the Mantaro River in the Cordillera Rumi Cruz in Peru… and that’s where my journey begins.

I had initially planned on flying the route on the XCub but the high elevation at the beginning of the journey made me reconsider and pick the SR22.

Starting point is SPVI, the airfield is more than 13,000 ASL. It took me 5 or 6 failed takeoff attempts, I had initially planned on a full tank of fuel but realized that was too heavy for a high altitude takeoff.

The first leg (shorter than planned due to weight limitations) was 1:52h to SPTE, which is on a valley at only 2,500 ASL so I expect to be able to takeoff on a full tank for the next leg.

Cruise altitude 17,500ft @ 130knots IAS.

This is the lake where it all starts…

At times it is hard to see the river this early in its path…

Towards the end of the leg the scenary changed from deserted to green snowy mountains…

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Do you happen to have the flight plan?
I would love to try this myself!

Yes… of course! I used google maps to get the coordinates, than used Excel to convert them to IF friendly format. All together took me about 40 minutes or so (I already had the Excel formulas done).
Enjoy! DM me if interested in flying together :).

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Lovely! Which countries did you fly on?

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For this leg Peru only. The entire 2600nm+ route is about 30% over Peru and 70% over Brazil.

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I’d suggest to also fly more northern of South America :-P…

Said from a proud Surinamese person hahha

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A lot of creativity here, definitely should try more interesting flights like these.

Well done on the screenshots :)

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I should do more flights around mountains, these are great! Nice job @MannyG!

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This is an awesome way to explore the new hd scenery!

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You are the best 🤩

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