Name This Ancient River

This week's Mystery Destination is a little further from home for most of our readers. We've chosen an international destination that you may want to explore. The correct answer is the name of a famous river that is the lifeline of the region. Take a look at the photos and read the five clues below then see if you can name this ancient river.

longest river Photo by Michael Gwyther-Jones


  • This north flowing river is generally regarded as the longest river in the world.

  • The 4,258 mile long river is an "international" river as its water resources are shared by eleven countries.

  • The second largest living reptile species in the world lives in these waters and was named after this river.

  • The river is the lifeline of the region. Passing through an otherwise dry climate, the majority of local populations live near this river. In fact, some of the world's oldest civilizations were established on the banks of this river.

  • The first human powered transit of the length of the river was completed in 2005. Visitors to the area can kayak, raft or fish on the river. There are also many opportunities to take riverboats to visit historical sites.


Saling Photo by David Corcoran


Do you know which famous river we are talking about? Enter your guess in the comments below. Have you visited this area? Is it on your bucket list?

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Andy Hawbaker
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Andy is a hiker, backpacker, snowboarder and outdoor fanatic. When he isn't exploring the Rocky Mountains, burning marshmallows or scratching his dog behind the ear, he shares his experiences here on the Sierra Trading Post Blog.
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