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 up of reeds. The crew's goal in reviving this pre-Incan boat-building know-how was once twofold: to reopen the debatable 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 event within the method. Thorpe talked his manner on board Captain Phil Buck's Viracocha basically to discover himself affected by uncertainty. Why did the team contain a tree general practitioner, a jewellery salesman, and geese? What occurred to the navigator? Did anyone really understand how to sail? And, most vital, the place was once the lifestyles 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 striking story all through to its wickedly unforeseen end. Nick Thorpe's account is by means of turns humorous, touching, and thrilling—a tale of friendship, destiny, and the not likely distances humans will opt for genuine adventure.
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