Diving the jungle: Orlando Duque in the Amazon

Clean high dives into dirty water – that’s what Orlando Duque’s Amazon trip was all about.
By Evan David

Orlando Duque has just completed one of the most curious projects of his illustrious high-diving career: jumping off trees into the Amazon River.

He dived with the locals, avoided crocodiles while dealing with mosquitos, leapt off trees with locals and engaged in traditional ceremonies. (Don't worry, he didn't drink the Ayahuasca.) Enjoy the images below – and try not to think about the piranhas.

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Get on the boat
Orlando Duque and fellow diver Eber Pava travel during Red Bull Amazon Diving in the Amazon River, Colombia on March 9th, 2014
Get on the boat Orlando Duque and fellow diver Eber Pava head towards the shore to climb the Ceiba trees – the perfect platform to dive into the Amazon River. © Fabio Piva/Red Bull Content Pool
Orlando Duque in action
Orlando Duque performs during Red Bull Amazon Diving in the Amazon, Colombia on March 15th, 2014
Orlando Duque in action © Fabio Piva/Red Bull Content Pool
Amazing amazon
Orlando Duque climbs up the tree during Red Bull Amazon Diving in the Amazon, Brazil on March 10th, 2014
Amazing amazon The ceiba trees come in many different forms – but this particular one is large, solid, and often close to the Amazon shoreline. © Fabio Piva/Red Bull Content Pool
Eber through the trees
Eber Pava performs during Red Bull Amazon Diving in the Amazon, Brazil on March 11th, 2014
Eber through the trees Eber Pava seen from afar as he dives into the river. © Fabio Piva/Red Bull Content Pool
Towering trees
Orlando Duque performs during Red Bull Amazon Diving in the Amazon, Brazil on March 11th, 2014
Towering trees Orlando attains fantastic projection out above the water from the launchpad in the trees. © Fabio Piva/Red Bull Content Pool
Tumbling through the trees
Orlando Duque performs during Red Bull Amazon Diving in the Amazon, Brazil on March 12th, 2014
Tumbling through the trees Orlando Duque gets inverted as he drops to the murky brown water below. © Fabio Piva/Red Bull Content Pool
Sky dive
Orlando Duque performs during Red Bull Amazon Diving in the Amazon, Colombia on March 15th, 2014
Sky dive The bright blue South American sky spreads out behind the jungle horizon. © Fabio Piva/Red Bull Content Pool
A local leaps
Orlando Duque looks at the local people jumping during Red Bull Amazon Diving in the Amazon, Colombia on March 15th, 2014<br />
A local leaps It wasn’t only Orlando and Eber Pava leaping from the trees of the Amazon. The locals take part as well, diving from height of close to ten meters. © Fabio Piva/Red Bull Content Pool
Ladder to the leaves
Orlando Duque climbs up the tree during Red Bull Amazon Diving in the Amazon, Colombia on March 15th, 2014
Ladder to the leaves Rope ladders set by local riggers let Orlando and Eber access the heights of the trees quickly and safely. © Fabio Piva/Red Bull Content Pool
Nose dive
Orlando Duque performs during Red Bull Amazon Diving in the Amazon, Brazil on March 11th, 2014
Nose dive Duque takes off head-first in to the murky brown Amazon, almost 30m below. © Camilo Rozo/Red Bull Content Pool
Balance beam
Orlando Duque explores the jungle during the Red Bull Amazon Diving in the Amazon, Brazil on March 12th, 2014<br />
Balance beam The jungle offers endless possibilities for exploration – Orlando finds a balance beam he probably won’t jump off. © Camilo Rozo/Red Bull Content Pool
Toes to the sky
Orlando Duque performs during Red Bull Amazon Diving in the Amazon, Brazil on March 12th, 2014
Toes to the sky Orlando initiates an early rotation. The pair attempted technically simple dives rather than more difficult ones, considering the far proximity of modern medical care. © Camilo Rozo/Red Bull Content Pool
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