For twenty thousand miles, Peter Matthiessen crisscrossed the South American wilderness, traveling from the Amazonian rain forests to Machu Picchu high in the Andes, down to the edge of the world at Tierra del Fuego and back. In the course of his journey he followed the trails of old explorers, encountered river bandits, wild tribesmen, and the evidence of ancient ruins, and discovered a fossilized snout of a giant unknown crocodilian hidden in the depths of the jungle on the wild mountain rivers of Peru.… (more)
For Andres Porras Caceres, my excdellent friend and mentor on the Urubamba, whose wiser head prevailed, and For Lucha and Alfredo Porras Caceres, whose kind welcome in Lima and at La Honda, in January, March, and May, made so much difference.
A pale November sky, like a sky on the moon.
"Between the outer world and the secrets of ancient South America," as Colonel Fawcett once lamented, "a veil has descended," and it now appears that the giant mandibula will remain behind it, sinking slowly beneath man's detritus on the steaming banks of the Ucayali.