After more than three months and 9,200km of sailing, Viracocha III has reached Tahiti, in French Polynesia. The eight-person crew launched their 18m reed raft from Arica, Chile and spent 86 days drifting west across the Pacific Ocean before their first land sighting: Tatakoto, a 14km-long, isolated atoll in the Tuamotu Islands. From there, it took them another three weeks and over 1,000km to reach Tahiti.
|one of the crew swims under the raft with a |
Their journey wants to demonstrate the capabilities of reed rafts and to show how ancient South American mariners may have used them to migrate across the Pacific. They spent three years and used 2.5 million freshwater totora reeds from Bolivia and Peru — along with 10 Aymara reed raft experts from Lake Titicaca — to construct their vessel. Ahead of them lies three more months and 10,000km through the Cook Islands, Tonga and Fiji before their end goal of Sydney, Australia.
For comparison, here is Heyerdahl's KonTiki:
Until next time,