The voyage begins on the northern coast of Chile, in Arica, Chile and will cross the entire Pacific Ocean, covering approximately 10,000 nautical miles in a six months time period. It will be the longest raft voyage of any kind in modern times, shedding new light on the long distances such rafts could have traveled and providing important information about human migration.
Reduce the environmental impact produced by the negative effects of human action in the marine world by creating a conscience in new generations through an educational program and the production of a documentary that will bring a message of respect for the environment based on the concepts of Andean philosophy.
AN ANCIENT TRADITION
Bolivian reed raft builders, descendants of the Aymara culture, are noted as the most important reed boat builders in world today. The art they create has been passed down from generation to generation and survives in the Peruvian and Bolivian shore of Titicaca Lake, where the construction of reed raft is now mainly a tourist attraction. The Incas were inspired to build their reed rafts with the Tiwanaku and Moche cultures technology and engineering that inhabited South American territories.
BUILDING A DREAM
- A timeline of South American native maritime history
- Viracocha III Mast Design
- Desert Wood
- Red, Black and White through Time
- Knot Expert, Jorge Parra
- Team Work
- How Reed Rafts are Built
- Visit the deck of the Viracocha III
- Amazing timelapse of the construction of the reed raft Viracocha III
- Welcome to Chile reed raft builders!
- Bending the Masts (Part 2)
- Bending the masts ( part 1)
- Great work ! The Viracocha III raft is on top of the plataform
- Las preparations for the lifting of the Viracocha raft
- Working on the raft’s support structure
- Thank you to Aqua Naturale !
- Arica’s local paper article about the expedition pet, Chuño
- Sunset from the Viracocha House