Every Day the River Changes: Four Weeks Down the Magdalena

Catapult. Nov. 2021. 224p. ISBN 9781646220441. $26. TRAV
American journalist Salama has written a travelogue about Colombia’s Río Magdalena, based on his journey down the river to research his undergraduate thesis. His account takes readers on an engaging ride through the heart of Colombia, with close-up views of the people, culture, and changing landscapes along the Magdalena. His month-long voyage began at 11,000 feet in the Andes, at the river’s source in Colombia’s Huila Department; wove through mountains, jungles, and plains; and ended in Barranquilla, where the Magdalena empties into the Caribbean Sea. Salama’s narrative integrates Colombian history and mythology that he learned from locals, as well as the current reality of a country torn by struggle. A good companion to Magdalena: River of Dreams, by Wade Davis.
VERDICT This enchanting travelogue will appeal to readers with a love of South America, as well as those interested in a good travel adventure, wherever it leads.
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