The famous Polish traveller, explorer and writer, Jacek Palkiewicz, has been named “Ambassador of Masuria” as a part of the region’s campaign to become one of the New7Wonders of Nature.
“We have been keen on finding a very special ‘Ambassador of Masuria’, someone associated with expeditions, discoveries, contact with nature, and who is a recognized traveller and explorer in Poland and all over the world,” said Jacek Protas, the Chairman of the Official Committee supporting the Masurian Lake District in the New7Wonders competition.
Jacek Palkiewicz is best known for his 1996 expedition to the Andes. He led the scientific expedition “Amazon Source ’96”, which confirmed the source of the Amazon to be the Quehuisha snowfield at the foot of the Nevado Mismi mountain in the Peruvian Andes. This discovery established that the 7,040 km-long Amazon is the longest in the world.
“I have seen many resplendent works of nature which produced astonishment and admiration, and which inspired poets and painters,” Palkiewicz told the This is Mazury blog. “Masuria holds ground with the best of them. We can be proud of having in the heart of industrialized Europe this pearl of a landscape.”