69 America called and he joined the New York Cosmos. His illustrious résumé also names him the “FIFA Co-Player of the Century” with Argentine Diego Maradona. For the record, he scored his inaugural professional goal at 15 years of age. The Pelé Museum in Santos, Brazil pays tribute to this legendary “King of Football.” Brazil has a lot to be proud of in this man whom they’ve named a “National Treasure.” It’s even claimed the warring sides fighting the Nigerian Civil War in the late 1960s declared a 2-day ceasefire so they could watch Pelé play an exhibition game in Lagos. Were life so simple today. In 1978, this extraordinary athlete was awarded the International Peace Award for his involvement with UNICEF. Brrrrrrraaaaa…..zzzzeeeeeelllllll. La La La La La La La Laaaa. You simply cannot visit this part of the world and not feel the beat, the heat and the rhythm of a land pulsating to a sizzling samba. Brazilians love life and live life with a lusty embrace whether on the sparkling beaches, in the supersized soccer stadiums, or out in the jumbled streets and shaded town squares. 23 years at sea. 200 countries. Travel writer/photographer, Karyn L. Planett combines her expertise for master storytelling in her book How to Capture Your Travel Stories in Words & Pictures. Visit her website www.planett-traveler.com to learn more. Amazon River Cruise Up the River to Manaus BY LINDA GARRISON The Amazon. Just hearing the name brings all sorts of pictures into mind. Amazon pictures of muddy water, jungles, wild animals, and Indian tribes. Pictures of the “meeting of the waters”, where two great rivers of very di‹erent colors merge together. Pictures of the vastness of the Amazon River, the greatest river in the world. Cruising the Amazon on a luxury cruise ship like Seven Seas Mariner® is a great way to have an Amazonian experience without having to put up with the bugs or heat (unless you want to). However, don’t expect to see a narrow river and lots of wildlife from the ship. The Amazon River is very wide all the way from the Atlantis up to Manaus. Those looking for a more wildlife or nature-oriented cruise should sail the Upper Amazon in Peru. I cruised from Iquitos, Peru, on a small river ship with G Adventures. On this river voyage, we saw many di‹erent types of wildlife such as birds, tarantulas, piranhas, and even mammals like the pink dolphin. Much of the Amazon River below Manaus is wide and muddy with miles of unending rainforest lining the river banks. From the balcony of our suite on the Seven Seas Mariner®, we loved watching the Brazilian scenery of the Amazon River pass by. “MEETING OF THE WATERS” ON THE AMAZON RIVER The “Meeting of the Waters” on the Amazon River occurs about 8 miles from Manaus, Brazil, when the “white” Solimoes River meets the “black” Rio Negro. The tributaries and the Amazon River are two di‹erent colors — the “white” water rivers, which are really muddy and look much like cocoa, the “black” water rivers, which are filled with tannin and are clear like co‹ee. At any point where two of these rivers join, their density is so di‹erent that they will not mix for several miles. Nowhere is this natural event more dramatic than near Manaus, where the Solimoes and the Rio Negro merge. The Amazon River is formed at the point these two rivers join together. Linda Garrison is an avid cruiser, travel writer, past guest of Regent Seven Seas Cruises and contributor to TripSavvy. She previously sailed aboard Seven Seas Mariner and wrote an article about her Amazon River cruise experience which was published by TripSavvy.