ATTENTION. This ride has been shifted to the next year due to not enough participants registered. New dates and more details here.
"From Rio de Janeiro to Tokyo" /continuation of BC 2020, second part*/
5th Olympic Expedition
The honour patronage – Polish Olympic Committee
November 14 – December 14, 2021
Brasil – Paraguay – Bolivia – Argentina
After long COVID lockdown South American countries are opening borders for tourists. Summer is coming to the Southern Hemisphere! We invite you to the second part of the 5th BC Olympic expedition from Iguazu Falls to Salta.
We will start the ride visiting Iguazu Falls, then we will cross the Friendship Bridge from Brazil to Paraguay, and cycling the rolling terrain of Paranena region in five days will arrive to the capital city of Asunción. From here we will take a two-day trip on a cargo boat up the Paraguay River – "big mirror of waters" in the native Guaraní language. It will bring us to the sparsely populated plains of Chaco. Cycling here we will have an opportunity to meet people of Mennonites colonies and indigenous communities. After crossing Chaco, we will find ourselves in the pleasant streets of Bolivian town Villamontes at the Andean foothills. Going south we will reach Salta, the northwest province of Argentina, surrounded by mountains, valleys and vineyards, and its beautiful colonial town called Salta la Linda ("Salta the Pretty") with imprint of Spanish and Andean cultures.
As the COVID restrictions are unpredictable we are planning alternative options for some parts of the route. If the cargo boats up the Paraguay River will be cancelled we will cycle to Andes through Chaco Province in Argentina. If we will be not allowed to cross the border from Bolivia to Argentina we will extend the route in Bolivia. More uncertainties – more adventures
The schedule of the ride with maps and draft alternatives you will find in the Program Section.
Join us for a month, a week, a day or for a whole route! See you on the road!
Sigitas Kučas (Lithuania), firstname.lastname@example.org, +370 686 59 375
Maryla Zielińska (Poland), email@example.com, +48 663 266 553
*The third part of Olympic Route from Salta to Santiago de Chile we plan to organize in February/March 2022.