The mighty Amazon river is believed to have been discovered in 16th. century -around 1541- by Spanish explorer Francisco de Orellana.
Later on, Portuguese explorer Pedro Teixeira led the voyage upstream that opened it to world's knowledge.
As legend goes, he named it as such because of reported encounters with wild women warriors - the Greek myth about the women warriors whose valor and war cry had fearful effect on their adversaries.
Its source is lake Lauricocha, in the Peruvian Andes, and known as the Marañon in its upper river. Ucayali river joins the Marañon to eventually form the river of rivers.
In Brazil, adventure comes super sized and its rainforest is the premier colossus, not to mention the river fish and animals.
For a great cruise experience, shop around for the best riverboats, to where the real exploring begins: wildlife tracking, jungle treks, nighttime cayman-spotting, fishing for Piranha, etc.
Best time of year to visit is June-July, when full rivers allow access to the more remote parts of the jungle.
Take a river cruise and you too will be able to explore the greatest river in the world...a truly unique South America travel experience like no other.