Olympic Torch Travels Through Amazon on Way to Rio

By Nelson Belen, Contributing Writer

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - This past Sunday, June 19th, the Olympic torch traveled to the city of Manaus, the Amazon’s largest city and the capital of Amazonas state. The Olympic torch has been traveling across Brazil, bound to pass through three hundred towns and be carried by over 12,000 torchbearers who will each run two kilometers.

Sunday’s journey through the Amazon was highlighted by the Olympic flame’s visit to the Reserva de Desenvolvimento Sustentável do Tupé (Sustainable Development Reserve of Tupé), where six different indigenous communities received the iconic flame . . .

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