the "why" behind the trip
Why has the possibility of a movement from East to West never been given adequate attention? Simply because the Incas of Peru neither-possessed caravels like Columbus, Viking ships like the Norsemen, or sea-going double-canoes like the Northwest American coast Indians or the late Polynesian seafarers. The Peruvian aborigines possessed no other craft than their balsa-rafts and certain peculiar boats consisting of bundles of reed lashed together. It has never been con sidered feasible that any of these prehistoric Peruvian craft could be seaworthy to cross the Pacific. It is to test the feasibility of such a voyage that our little expedition has reconstructed a replica of the old Peruvian log raft, to embark at the coast of Kon-Tiki' early empire and head West with wind and current.