South America

20,000km the stats

20,000km the stats

We reached 20,000km just south of Salvador on the Brazilian coast. Idyllic sounding, it was actually the rainiest day of our cycle trip around South America so far, and we only stopped for a few minutes to celebrate.

The two sides of Brazil: cycling from Xique Xique to Salvador

The two sides of Brazil: cycling from Xique Xique to Salvador

Salvador’s sandy beaches, high-rise apartments and colonial squares buzzing to the beat of samba mesmerised us, but half of the wonder was feeling we’d arrived in a different country to the one we had cycled through to get there.

The butcher’s boat: Cycling and boating from Sao Raimundo to Xique Xique

The butcher’s boat: Cycling and boating from Sao Raimundo to Xique Xique

It took over four days to find a boat to carry us to Xique Xique and when we finally boarded we discovered our fellow passengers were cow heads ready to be cut up, which made for an interesting journey.

Mad dogs and Englishmen: Teresina to Sao Raimundo Nonato

Mad dogs and Englishmen: Teresina to Sao Raimundo Nonato

Our latest section took place in Piaui, the Brazilian equivalent of Nevada, with incredible heat, impressive rock formations and cacti.

Spot the dead donkey: Belem to Teresina

Spot the dead donkey: Belem to Teresina

Back on the bikes after an extended break, we were anticipating an easy 900km to Teresina. But we found undulating terrain, roads in bad condition, heavy traffic and strong winds, with only assorted roadkill to take our minds of the pedalling.